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It's Not Just the South that's Blooming
Wed, Feb 06 2019, 1:00 PM

The Darom Adom Festival takes place every year during the time when the anemones bloom in the northern Negev, from mid-January until the end of February.  However, it’s not only the South that’s blooming! 

From now through March,  it’s peak wildflower season all over Israel.


Visit these spots for some of the best viewing of poppies, cyclamen, irises and more:


Churvat Chanut

Visit Churvat Chanut to experience the beauty of blossoming daffodils, cyclamens, and anemones.


Directions: Write in Waze – Churvat Chanut

Nature of the route: Suitable for small groups, families and flower lovers. Type of route: circular. Degree of difficulty: Easy. Length of the route: about 700 meters. Duration: 30-45 minutes. The nature of the walk: a moderate descent to a wide path, and a moderate rise and a flat walk in an open area. Part of the path is shaded and part of it is exposed to the sun. Payment and opening hours: free of charge and unlimited hours. Flower intensity: impressive grouping in a small area.

From the parking lot in the Churvat Chanut parking lot, next to Route 375 road and Yishuv Mata, take the wide path marked in blue. Descend about 150 meter to where the lane makes a sharp turn to the left and meets a path marked in red.   The red path turns right towards Ein Mata and Ein Tannan. The wide blue path continues towards Nachal Zanoach.

Descend on the red path for 250 meters, and look for a group of cyclamens blooming on the slope, on the left side of the path. Return to where the paths meet, turn into the woods on the right, and walk on on an ungroomed path, under the pines and cypress trees. On the way, see daffodils blooming in impressive bouquets on the slope to the right and left, and alittle bit later you will see cyclamens.

As the winter progresses, iriyot levanot, a few anemones and even Israeli irises will join the festivities. View the Jerusalem hills on your right, covered with woodlands. Move out,  up the open, and at any moment you can  turn left and go back to the parking lot.




Tel Bet Shemesh Flowering Anemones

Directions: Write in Waze: Yishi


Nature of the route: Suitable for large and small groups, for families and for flower  lovers. Type of route circular. Degree of difficulty: Easy. Length of the route: around 500 meters. Duration: 20-30 minutes. The nature of the walk: moderate ups and downs in narrow and wide paths, and in an open area.   Complete sun exposure throughout the hike. Payment and opening hours: free of charge and unlimited hours. Flower intensity: Impressive grouping in a small area at the foot of the mound.

Park on the access road to Moshav Yishi. From the parking lo,t climb the path to the top of the mound and enjoy the sight of hundreds of red anemones. The North, West and Southern views are beautiful and add  to the experience of visiting the Tel. To the North are the wooded hills of the Givat Tzora, to the South is Moshav Yishi, and to the West is the wide, green channel of Nachal Sorek. Walk along the  narrow paths that lead from the top of the hill to the slopes surround it Make sure that you go all way to the bottom to the  southern slope, where the flowering is the most impressive. Sit among the flowers, take many pictures, and return to the top of the hill.  


This information is taken from the series of travel books of 280 Wild Flower Hike , the “Maslulim” website, and app http://bit.ly/2Bf39pd.

 

 

 

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