Beit She’an valley

Beit She’an valley travel guide

The valley of Beit Shean resides between Mount Gilboa and the Jordan River, located two hours away by car from Israel’s center, is an area abundant with green landscapes of agricultural settlements, fields and mountains filled with springs and river. This valley got the nickname “The valley of springs”.

In the valley of Beit Shean you will find a very wide variety of attractions: restaurants, guest rooms, hiking routes, springs and rivers, landscapes, antiques and activities.

One of the best locations for a trip or a picnic in this area is the Kibbutzim Stream, that has two and a half kilometers of pools and small waterfalls. One side of the stream was lately declared a nature reserve and the other side is perfect for a picnic or a trip by the water.

Hakibutzim stream

Hakibutzim stream

Another wet experience you will find at the Sahne, also known as Gan Hashlosha National Park. A few years ago this park was listed as one of the 20 most beautiful locations in the world by the Time Magazine. It has deep natural pools separated by waterfalls. The water source is a nearby spring, and it is lucid and warm (28 degrees Celsius) any time of the year, even in the winter. You can also find a windmill, a Mediterranean archeology museum,  a reconstruction of one of the first settlements that has been built in this place in the 1930s and a restaurant. Over 400,000 people visit the Sahne every year, but most of them come on Saturdays and holidays.

Next to the Sahna is the Australian zoo Gan Guru. This place holds a variety of animals that were imported from the distant continent: Koala bears, parrots, flying foxes and a variety of Kangaroos. In the center of the zoo, which mainly contains cells, is a grass yard where you can touch the kangaroos. The place itself, and the opportunity to pet a kangaroo is considered a great attraction for kids.

Gan Guru,Beith Shean Valley

Gan Guru,Beith Shean Valley

Next to Gan Guru is the Maayanot Park where you can ride a bicycle or a golf cart and watch green landscapes with varying farming crops, fish pools and springs feeding big beautiful lakes. Those also allow a refreshing swim.

Beith Shean valley springs

Beith Shean valley springs


Beith shean valley of springs

Beith shean valley of springs

Not too far away, in the kibbutz of Heftziba,  the Japanese Garden can be found, which is a magical soothing place near Mount Gilboa. This is a garden that is also traditional-Japanese but is also Israeli. This garden was donated to the kibbutz by the Makuya movement of Japan, as a brave friendship gift and as a symbol for mutual love and the connection of over 50 years with the movement.

Beith shean valley of springs

Beith shean valley of springs

Adjacently, is the national park of Bet Alpha. During the works on the kibbutz of Heftziba in 1928, the ancient synagogue of old Bet Alpha was discovered, from the days of the Second Temple. Inside the synagogue a highly preserved mosaic floor was also discovered, one of the most glorious that were discovered in Israel.

Beith Alfa ancient sinagogue

Beith Alfa ancient sinagogue

The Gilboa Landscape Route is one of the most beautiful routes in Israel, especially if you combine it with walking in the many walking paths that are located there. Climbing by a car from Emek Izrael to the Gilboa heights allows you to see far away. In the winter and especially in the spring the whole mountain is blossoming, and the blooming of the Gilboa’s purple iris stands out.

Mount Gilboa

Mount Gilboa

From the viewpoint knows as Shaul’s Shoulder it is possible to go on a short trip in a number of marked paths, to paraglide or to ride the bike in a long route leading to Bet Shean.

Your visit in this area will not be complete without going to the ancient Roman city of Bet Shean. The construction of the city began hundreds of years BCE and has gone through many transfigurations. You can walk through the streets of the city and in the bath houses or visit the huge theatre at the center. The theatre, built in the 2nd century BCE, has a capacity of 7000 people. The 50 meter tall Bet Shean castle hill towers over the spectacular view of the valley.

Beit Shean Naional park

Beit Shean Naional park

It is advised to arrive in this area by a private car, in the middle of the week when it is less crowded in some of the sites, in the fall or winter but mainly in the spring when the blossom is at its finest.