Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Southern Golan

Yehudiya Nature Reserve

Both casual strollers and experienced hikers – especially those who aren’t averse to getting wet – will find plenty to engage and challenge them in this 66-sq-km nature reserve. Mammals you might encounter...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Northern Golan

Banias Nature Reserve

The gushing springs, waterfalls and lushly shaded streams of Banias Nature Reserve form one of the most beautiful – and popular – nature spots in the country. The park has two entrances on Rte 99 that are about...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Northern Golan

Nimrod Fortress

Built by Muslims in the 13th century to protect the road from Tyre to Damascus, Nimrod Fortress rises fairy-tale-like on a long, narrow ridge (altitude 815m) on the southwestern slopes of Mt Hermon. The work that...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Katzrin

Golan Archaeological Museum

A real gem of a museum. Highlights include extraordinary basalt lintels and Aramaic inscriptions from 32 Byzantine-era Golan synagogues; coins minted during the Great Jewish Revolt (66–70 CE); a model of Rujum Al...

National Park in Southern Golan

Gamla Nature Reserve

The site of a thriving Jewish village during the late Second Temple period, Gamla dared to defy the Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt (66–70 CE) and as a result was besieged by Vespasian’s legions. Today, you...

Viewpoint in Central Golan

Quneitra Viewpoint

From high atop Mt Avital, top-secret Israel Defence Forces' electronics peer deep into Syria, but the Quneitra Viewpoint, on the volcano’s lower flanks, also affords fine views into Israel’s troubled northern...

Archaeological Site in Southern Golan

Umm Al Kanatir Synagogue

What's truly extraordinary about this 6th-century synagogue is that after it was destroyed in the great earthquake of 749 CE, the site, because of its remoteness, remained almost completely undisturbed until the...

Winery in Ein Zivan

Pelter Winery

In 2001, after studying wine-making in Australia, Tal Pelter founded a winery that now turns shiraz and chenin blanc grapes (among others) into 300,000 bottles of reds and whites a year. Free tours (15 to 30...

Archaeological Site in Katzrin

Ancient Katzrin Park

To get a sense of life during the Talmudic period (3rd to 6th centuries) when the Golan had dozens of Jewish villages, drop by this partly reconstructed Byzantine-era village. In August and on Jewish holidays...

Farm in Central Golan

Sha'al Fruit Picking

The orchards here grow four kinds of cherries, three kinds of plums and five kinds of mulberries as well as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and white and black currants. While plucking, you can eat as much...

Winery in Ein Zivan

Bahat Winery

A true boutique operation, Bahat – housed in a one-time plastic-sandal factory – produces just 20,000 bottles of wine a year, including port (first sold in 2017) and an interesting blend of cabernet sauvignon and...

Winery in Katzrin

Golan Heights Winery

Winner of many international awards, this highly regarded winery (total annual production: 5.5 million bottles) offers guided cellar tours (advance reservations recommended) and wine-tasting. The shop sells more...

Winery in Odem

Odem Mountain Winery

Keep an eye out for this family-run boutique winery's light, summery rosé (made with cabernet sauvignon and syrah), their cabernet franc red and Gewürztraminer. Sampling two wines is free, while four/six costs...

Park in Central Golan

Golan Volcanic Park–Avital

Quarrying into the base of Mt Avital, an extinct volcano, to extract gravel created an ugly scar on the landscape. It also exposed layers of volcanic debris that have been turned into a geological park with a lot...

Zoo in Odem

Ya’ar HaAyalim

Kids will love this gravelly tree-shaded hillside, home to three species of deer (from Northern Europe, the Himalayas and Japan), ibexes, 85cm-high mini-ponies that children can ride on, a petting zoo, pedal...

Factory in Ein Zivan

De Karina Chocolatier

An artisanal chocolate maker that offers tours (25 minutes) and chocolate-making workshops. Reservations are a must. If the chocolate doesn't tempt you, the homemade ice creams just might.

Museum in Katzrin

Kesem Hagolan

An excellent introduction to the Golan, this centre takes you on a half-hour virtual journey around the region, projected on a 180-degree panoramic screen (in English hourly on the half hour). Also has a...