Months Visited: August
We are a family that enjoys being active, and we enjoy being outside and exploring nature. Historic sites and locations are very popular, and we are willing to get off the beaten path in order to find new places and enjoy different cultures. We do like to relax at times, staying in luxury, and we also try to include stops that are just fun for the family as well as educational experiences and natural wonders. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 18 years, Boy age 13 years, Boy age 11 years.
Description: Shar Hagai is a memorial to the brave people who tried to run through the blockade which blocked off Jewish Jerusalem in 1948, and these individuals perished as a result of their attempt. Today visitors to Shar Hagai will see the shells of convoy trucks, and these trucks are positioned in honor of those who fell. This location does not require a lot of time to explore, and the convoy trucks can be seen from the road for those who want to stop for just a few minutes but who do not want to hike at all.
Our Experiences: Seeing Shar Hagai was a very interesting stop, although the adults understood the great significance of this spot for the Jewish population much more than the kids did. This is not a top attraction on the list for many tourists, but everyone who is Jewish should visit this memorial at least once if they visit Israel. The kids thought that the truck shells were neat but then they were ready to move on, so we did not spend too long here.
Description: Har Ha Carmel, or Mount Carmel, is a mountain in the northern part of Israel which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. There are many references to this mountain in the bible and it is a place that has religious significance for a number of religions. There are many hiking trails, overlook areas, and an abundance of plant and animal species that can be found here. There are around 670 different types of plants that grow in the area of Mount Carmel because of the precipitation level, and these plants attract many different types of animals. Forests, a rich history and culture, and some incredible views and spectacular vistas are all reasons why Mount Carmel is a popular destination.
Our Experiences: We enjoyed seeing Mount Carmel on our trip, and the landscape is incredible. We stopped in several places and allowed the kids to explore a little, and some of the overlooks provided unforgettable scenery that was better than we expected. The lush forests and many plants and animals that we spotted during our various stops here may not always be as extensive, in some seasons the experience may be completely different than ours.
Description: Atlit Detention Camp and Museum was originally a British prison for Jewish immigrants who arrived in Israel without an entry permit, and these immigrants were attempting to escape from the WWII Holocaust. Atlit was nothing like the concentration camps operated under Adolf Hitler but the conditions for those detained here from 1938 until 1948 were deplorable. Today the site has a number of reconstructed structures and areas that show what the Jewish immigrants experienced when they were held at this prison. There are wooden shacks, barbed wire fences, older vehicles, and even a boat that was used to smuggle Jewish immigrants into Israel.
Our Experiences: The Atlit Detention Camp and Museum was very interesting to see, and even the kids were entertained while we were here. The kids did not understand all of the history of this spot, especially the younger ones, but it was very educational and a stop that we believe everyone should make. This is especially true for Jewish individuals and families, but this spot can be a great idea for anyone who enjoys history.