Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gan Hashlosha National Park (Sahne)

* Springs, natural pools and warm water
* Overnight Campgrounds
* Level of difficulty: easy
* Walkers

Warm spring water emerge in the western part of the park at a constant, year-round temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, which means swimming is pleasant here in winter, too. The ‘Amal Stream crosses the entire park, and has been widened into pools.

An old water-powered mill now operates again and also features a display of agricultural tools. The adjacent madafeh, or Arab hospitality room, has also been restored.

In the park is a restoration of Tel Amal, established on the night of December 10, 1936 as one of the Tower and Stockade settlements set up by Jewish pioneers in the face of British Mandate opposition. The rooms in which the pioneers lived feature an exhibit of daily objects they used. In another room, children enjoy putting together a model of a settlement. A 10-minute film in the restored dining hall depicts life during the time of the Arab revolt (1936–1939). Interactive group activities can be arranged by reservation.

Opposite Tel Amal is the regional Mediterranean archaeological museum. It contains a display of rare Greek tools, finds from excavations in the Bet She’an Valley, some of which come from as far away as Egypt and Persia, and a unique exhibit about the Etruscans.

How to get there:
The park is off road 669 between Hashita junction and Bet She’an, 15 minutes from Bet She'an; Kavim bus line 412 from Bet She’an to Afula reaches the site.

Israel Nature and Parks Authority

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