Are you in the mood for some night hiking under a full moon? Israel has some of the most beautiful hiking paths that you can experience under the moonlight. Our friends at Israel21c tell us their top 10 favorites.
1. Nahal Havarim
Located just south of breathtaking Midreshet Ben-Gurion in the Sde Boker area is one of three official Israeli nature reserves open to visitors for night hiking. The Havarim Stream hike combines the Judean Desert rolling hills and valleys with an air of mystery that plays off the unique ecosystem of plants and animals. The hike starts off at the remains of an ancient Nabatean well. This relatively short hike of 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) will really give you a sense of what this spectacular area has to offer.
2. Daliat el-Carmel to Habonim Beach
This hike takes you from the northern Carmel Mountain Druze village of Daliat el-Carmel down the mountain, along an ancient route, through villages and even banana fields until you reach the Habonim Beach nature reserve. Habonim is considered one of Israel’s most beautiful Mediterranean beaches, known for its seashells and abundant wildlife. It is recommended to start the 16km journey after a leisurely evening meal of Druze fare, hike into the early morning hours, and then rest on the beach until the sun comes up.