Since Israel is located in the Northern Hemisphere, it experiences winter from December until March. Winter is a beautiful season in the Holy Land, especially because of its flowers. Below is a list of the top 10 hikes throughout the Holy Land that highlight the beautiful winter flowers.

1. Scarlet South Festival, Southern Israel (Negev) Region
Every weekend (Friday and Saturday) in February, you have the opportunity to attend this festival where you will see the desert blooming. Not only will you see green in the desert, you will see beautiful red anemones. At this festival there will be free tours, information stations, and a walk through the anemones.

Click HERE for more information!

2. Lupine Hill, Central/Jerusalem Region 

Lupine Hill is located near the city of Beit Shemesh, and is where the biblical story of the battle between David and Goliath took place.  Based on its name, this hill is covered with purple lupines.

Click HERE for directions and additional details!

3. Sataf, Jerusalem Region

Sataf has impressive agricultural remains from the Copper Age and Byzantine Period.  It also was a Palestinian/Arab village that was depopulated in the war of 1948.  This land is now has a marked trail with reconstruction of the ancient terraces with olives, grapevines and fruit trees.  Towards the end of winter, flowers  bloom from the fruit trees.

Click HERE for more information!

4. The Valley of Narcissus’, Tel Aviv Region 

North of Tel Aviv, in an area called Gililot, there is a beautiful valley filled with….take a guess…narcissuses! Daffodils also make an appearance in this valley.

Click HERE for more information!

5. Carmel Scenic RouteNorthern Region

In Hebrew, this route is called “Derech Nof Carmel,” and can be hiked, biked, or driven.  This route will take you through valleys, orchards, and pine trees and is around 15.5 miles (25 kilometers).

Click HERE for directions and more information!

6. Mount Gilboa, Northern Region

In addition to historical sites and viewpoints, while hiking the trails on Mount Gilboa, you will notice the ground covered in wild flowers, including the purple Gilboa iris.

Click HERE for more information!

7. Meitar & Yatir Forests, Southern Region

These forests are located near the Dead Sea, and are situated between Hebron and Be’er Sheva.  They were strategically placed close to the political border of Israel and Palestinian territories.  In these forests you can see special eucalyptus trees, such as Coral Gum, which has big red flowers.  Additionally, at certain viewpoints, you can see the beautiful hills of Hebron.

Click HERE for more information!

8. Cyclamen Hills, Central & Northern Regions

Cyclamen, “rakefet” in Hebrew are one of the popular winter flowers in Israel.  The variety of color can be located in multiple areas in Israel including: Tal Shahar, Gilad, Alonei Yitzhak, and Karmei Yosef.

Click HERE to read a recent article about these areas!

9. Adullam-France Park, Jerusalem Region 

Throughout this park’s trails, there are open meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers.  In this region you will notice that from all the terraces, this land is perfect for agricultural cultivation.  It is important to note that this park is now located where the Palestinian villages of both ‘Ajjur and Kudna once were located.

Click HERE for more information!

10. Nahal Prat/Wadi Kelt, Jericho Region

This trail is located in the desert between Jericho and Jerusalem.  It has breathtaking views of the open hills.

Click HERE for more information (and about other great hikes in the West Bank)!

Know of other great places to hike in the region during the winter? Let us know in the comments below! Happy hiking!

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