Giv`at HaTitora – Nature and Archeology Hikes in Modi’in

Giv'at HaTitora

Giv`at HaTitora is a hill in Modi`in. This ancient Tel has archeological remains and blossoms, and you can hike using several tracks.

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Giv’at HaTitora is located in the city of Modi’in near road #443. The main entrance is from Klil Hahoresh Street (near the round water tower). And you can also enter by Holmes Place Modi’in (Emek Dotan 48).

The easiest way to reach is by entering “Giv’at HaTitora” into Waze (or clicking this link). It will lead you to the parking near the main entrance.

Interactive map of the area:

Parking

There is small parking inside the Tel. You can also park along Klil Hahoresh Street. But keep in mind that it is a popular place. And on weekends during bloom, you will have to park further away (unless you arrive early). During our latest visit, we parked on a big free parking lot in front of Holmes Place. This parking lot is situated at the intersection of Klil Hahoresh and Emek Dotan Streets.

Klil Hahoresh and Emek Dotan Streets
Klil Hahoresh and Emek Dotan Streets

Entrance Fee

Free.

Opening Hours

Always open. But since there may be open pits, stay only on the trails and visit only during daylight.

When to visit Giv’at HaTitora?

The best time to visit Giv’at HaTitora is during the flower bloom and blossom of the almond trees. Hence winter and spring are the best seasons. And more specifically, February and March are the best months for a visit.

Note: our latest visit was at the beginning of March. There were a lot of flowers, but the blossom of the almond trees had almost ended. However, the exact times depend on the weather.

Tracks

There are several trails at Giv’at HaTitora. Here is an interactive map from israelhiking.osm.org.il where I marked two tracks:

And here are the details of the most popular trails:

#NameColor of the Trail on the Map aboveDescriptionDistance (km)Total climb and descent (meters)Notes
1Flowers loop pathGreen (marked in blue)This loop trail goes around the hill and lets you enjoy carpets of wildflowers.2.388You can combine this track with others.
2The summit trailIt has no color, but there are signs on the hill.It is a short loop trail that allows seeing the archeological garden and the fort remains.116The benefit of this trail is that it is accessible, and you can walk with baby trolleys.
3Combo trackRedThe trail we hiked on our latest visit combines the flowers and the summit tracks.2.496

Note: there is little shade in all the trails. Hence take sunscreen and prefer the less hot hours of the day.

The origin of the name “Titora”

The Crusaders called the place “Trenta,” while the Arabs “Kelat a-Tantura” (pointed hat) as well as “Al-
Burj” (the citadel) or “Burj al-Habib.” The Hebrew name “Titorah” (the brim of the hat) was awarded to her by the governmental committee of the official names, and it preserves the sound of the name in Arabic and its meaning. The earlier name of the site is not known for sure.

The origin of the name "Titora"
The origin of the name “Titora”

About

Giv’at HaTitora is the most important nature, landscape, and heritage site in the area of ​​the city of Modi’in. Its territory on the city’s northeastern border covers about 600 dunams and rises 315 meters above sea level.

The hill played a central role in the history of the region Modiin because there was a rural settlement continuously since the Chalcolithic period about 6,000 years ago and until 1948, with the establishment of the state.

This hill gained importance since it was near two main roads. Both these roads connected the coastal plain and Jerusalem. Here is the map of these roads.

Ancient Roads
Ancient Roads

The Flower Path

After completing all basics, I want to take you along track #3 (in the table above), and we will start with the flower path near Holmes Place.

Holmes Place and the big parking
Holmes Place and the big parking

On the corner of Klil Hahoresh and Emek Dotan Streets, you can see the beginning of the green track. It is the flower path.

The Flower Path
The Flower Path
Green track marking
Green track marking

Along this trail, you can find cyclamens, anemones, fennel, Chrysanthemums, Buttercups, Origanum syriacum, and more.

Cyclamens
Cyclamens

There are also signs with information about the plants.

Cyclamens
Cyclamens
The Flower Path, Giv'at HaTitora
The Flower Path, Giv’at HaTitora
Anemones
Anemones
The Flower Path, Giv'at HaTitora
The Flower Path, Giv’at HaTitora
Fig Tree
Fig Tree
Almond tree blossom
Almond tree blossom
Common Almond
Common Almond

Cisterns

There are few springs in the Modi’in area. Thus rainwater storage systems were developed. On Giv’at HaTitora about 120 cisterns were found so far. Therefore walk only on the trails and visit only during daylight.

Cisterns
Cisterns
Cisterns
Cisterns
View towards Emek Dotan Street
View towards Emek Dotan Street

As you can see from the following photo, there are still active archeological excavations on this hill.

Giv’at HaTitora

Shortly afterward, we left the flower path and continued along the jeep road, slowly climbing to the top of the Tel.

The Jeep Road
The Jeep Road

The Summit Trail

It took us less than ten minutes to reach the top, and we started to follow the summit trail.

Here is a panorama from a viewpoint by the summit trail:

Panorama of Giv'at HaTitora
Panorama of Giv’at HaTitora

Near this viewpoint, you can find the symbol of unity.

The symbol of unity
The symbol of unity
The symbol of unity
The symbol of unity

Though the summit trail is not paved, many people walk there with baby trolleys.

The Summit Trail
The Summit Trail
The Summit Trail, Giv'at HaTitora
The Summit Trail, Giv’at HaTitora

This track is marked with small columns, like this one:

The Summit Trail
The Summit Trail
Giv'at HaTitora
Giv’at HaTitora
Almond tree blossom
Almond tree blossom

The Fortress

One of the points of interest along the summit trail is the fortress.

The Fortress
The Fortress

The Crusader fort at the top of Giv’at HaTitora was built in 1099-1260, and it gave the hill the name “Al-
Burj” (the citadel in Arabic).

The Fort at Giv'at HaTitora
The Fort at Giv’at HaTitora

The purpose of this fortress was to guard the ancient roads to Jerusalem.

The Fortress
The Fortress

Several views of the surroundings from the fortress:

View from the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
View from the fort
Giv'at HaTitora
Giv’at HaTitora

The Archaeological Garden

We continued with the summit trail to the main entrance, and on the way, we passed through the archeological garden.

Olive Oil Industry
Olive Oil Industry

In this area, you can find various archeological findings and explanation signs. They tell about different aspects of life in ancient times. For example, there is an area dedicated to the olive oil industry.

Olive Oil Industry Tools
Olive Oil Industry Tools
Olive Oil Industry Tools
Olive Oil Industry Tools

There are explanations about architecture, water, farm animals, and more.

Giv'at HaTitora and the round water tower
Giv’at HaTitora and the round water tower
Almond tree blossom
Almond tree blossom
Ancient Architecture
Ancient Architecture
Ancient Architecture
Ancient Architecture
People at the flower path
People at the flower path

Summary

Giv’at HaTitora offers lovely tracks, and blossoms season is the best time for a visit. Completing the mentioned track (#3 in the table) took us about two hours at a slow pace. And everybody, from kids to grandparents, enjoyed our visit to Giv’at HaTitora.

This area has many attractions, and you can explore them using the interactive map above.

Have you visited Giv’at HaTitora? Tell us in the comment below about your experience.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

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