When people ask me “What is your favorite place to travel in Israel?” My answer is more connected to my ‘favorite time of year’ then ‘favorite place’.
By the time February/March have arrived in Israel, we have experienced much of the rainy season. This will bring about stunning colors throught Israel. Not only do we travel through green hills (otherwise yellow brown), but they are dotted with colorful flowers that are in full bloom. Nestled amongst Israel’s terrain, are specific areas where we can feast our eyes on fields of flowers that naturally cover hills. Anemone, cyclamen, lupine, daffodil, iris are just a few of the types of flowers that turn our hills into a blanket of flower heaven.
In southern Israel, we can visit the Shokeda forest and walk among the anemone flowers. Make sure to experience this in February, otherwise you may find an empty hill. Outside Jerusalem, in the Ella Valley, we have Lupine hill (yes, that’s its name, literally). Spend 15 minutes climbing this particular hill, and then feast your eyes on the majestic blue/purple lupines. Oh, please make sure to specifically visit this hill in March. If you are visiting the Golan Heights in February, wear your boots and pants that you don’t mind getting muddy in order to walk through a small local marsh and enjoy the daffodil flowers.
So the next time that you want to know where I most enjoy traveling in Israel, here you have it. My favorite places during my favorite season. In my eyes, these sites are truly heaven on earth.