Bethlehem Of Galilee is historical a Moshav in northern Israel. And today you can find there Templer buildings and agricultural attractions. Let’s begin exploring!
Map of the area (with marked attractions):
Bethlehem Of Galilee
Bethlehem of Galilee is a moshav in northern Israel. Located in the Galilee near Kiryat Tivon, around 10 kilometers north-west of Nazareth and 30 kilometers east of Haifa, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Jezreel Valley Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 788.
The modern moshav is located at the site of the ancient Israelite settlement known as Bethlehem of Zebulun or Bethlehem Zoria. The town existed as a Christian settlement in the classic era and was populated during the Middle Ages. It was reestablished as a Templer Bet Lam colony in the 19th century and turned into a Jewish moshav in 1948.
Much of the original Templer architecture survives and is similar in style to the homes built by the Templars in other parts of the country, such as Sarona in Tel Aviv and the German colonies of Haifa and Jerusalem.
In recent years, tourism has replaced agriculture as the main economic branch. A dairy, a herb farm, restaurants, and country-style accommodation are among the tourist-oriented businesses in the village today.
Walking in the Moshav
Bethlehem of Galilee is a small moshav. You can drive along the main road (you continue straight from the entrance) till you see a big parking place to your right. You can leave your car there and start walking.
All Templer buildings were converted to residential houses. All except this one:
And here are some other buildings:
If you walk along the street till the end, then you will see a turn to the left (to the north). By continuing with that dirt road, you will shortly reach Shvil Parot HaChalav.
And since it is one of the more popular attractions in Bethlehem Of Galilee, we will discuss this now.
Regarding Bethlehem Of Galilee, the moshav is quite small, and I cannot say it is a touristic spot. There is only one explanation sign, and almost all the houses are residential. Thus I would not drive there only to visit the moshav. But, if you are already there, then you can take a short stroll.
Attractions at Bethlehem Of Galilee
From September till November, you can join olive harvesting tours. And if you would like to know more, then check out Harvesting Olives At Galili Olive Oil.
Ktofoti – Self-Picking in Bethlehem Of Galilee
Derech Hatavlinim in Bethlehem Of Galilee
Derech Hatavlinim in Bethlehem Of Galilee is not just a spices and herbs store. They also offer workshops, hold tours and festivals.
Alonei Abba Nature Reserve is located next to Alonei Abba, and it offers lovely family trails. Moreover, it is a good place for a picnic. You can find additional information at Alonei Abba Nature Reserve.
As you saw, there many Agrotourism related attractions in the Bethlehem Of Galilee area. Most of the attractions are not vast, and several hours will be enough to cover each one. Thus, you can combine several POI for a half-day tour.
What are your favorite attractions in the Bethlehem Of Galilee area? Tell us in the comments below.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.