A yurt in the Gali Islands, a vacation in the Golan (photo: Ziv Reinstein, editing: Jordana Aboudi Fox)
The Golan people?
Well, it seems so, at least according to a new survey conducted in preparation for the upcoming Passover holiday, in which many will travel to the Golan Heights in northeastern Israel.
In a survey conducted by the Geocartography company, and commissioned by the Society for the Protection of Nature, the travel habits of Israelis were examined at a level, and it was found that 52 percent of the respondents answered that they really like to shoot in the Golan, and another 41 percent answered that they quite like it, that is, 93 percent - like to travel in Ramat Hagolan.
On the question -
"When was the last time you had the chance to travel in the Golan Heights for travel and vacation purposes?"
12 percent answered that they did so in the last month, 34 percent in the last year and another 22 percent in the last two years - that is, 68 percent of the respondents visited the Golan Heights for travel and vacation needs at least once in the last two years.
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34 percent of you visited Ramah in the last year for vacation and travel purposes.
Hikers along the Golan Trail (Photo: Ziv Reinstein)
It is important to preserve the beauty of the Golan Heights
On the question
"Why do you choose to vacation and travel in the Golan Heights?"
42 percent answered thanks to the open spaces and green landscapes, 26 percent thanks to the peace and tranquility of the area, 19 percent thanks to the wild nature and wildlife that can be seen in the area, while 8 percent to stay away from traffic congestion and a view of buildings.
Is it important to preserve the beauty of the Golan Heights as a space of vast open spaces and wild nature?
Well, to this question, almost all respondents answered that this is important.
56 percent answered that it is very important and another 38 percent answered that it is quite important - that is, 94 percent want to keep the Golan Heights as it is today.
In the last question, the respondents were asked
"If the Golan Heights changes its character and becomes more industrialized and built up, similar to the cities in the center, will they still come to visit there as often?"
To this, 16 percent replied that they would visit there as often, compared to 24 percent who would visit there a little less and 28 percent who would visit there much less - that is, 52 percent would visit the Golan Heights less if it changed its character.
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94 percent want to keep the Golan Heights as a space of open areas (photo: Society for the Protection of Nature, Dov Greenblatt)
Come for a free trip
During Passover, April 9-10, the Society for the Protection of Nature will hold the "Wild in the Golan" events - two days of nature celebrations, trips and music with free guided tours, alongside workshops, live performances and cultural events to reveal to the public the wild, diverse and special nature of the Golan and Raise public awareness of the scenic and ecological environmental threats that endanger nature in the area.
The list of free tours:
Above the summit of Mount Hermon:
a spectacular view of the Syrian Golan and the dormant volcanoes and an encounter with Mount Hermon's little red sister.
Discovering the Odem Forest:
a circular tour, during which we will crack the great mystery of the formation of the Great Juba, one of twenty or more Juba, scattered throughout the Odem Forest.
a tour of one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Israel, Mount Bental.
To the cherry blossoms in the Orchard Valley - a new trail:
A colorful and fragrant route, in the orchard valley, following the apple and cherry blossoms.
A blossoming tour along a new and unknown path, located in Emek Bustanim, which leaves from Mitzpe Ronan (Mitzpe Kontra).
a coffee cart, with seating, that we set up in the heart of nature, so that we can get to know, talk but also learn about one of the surprising threats to the Golan - the turbines.
Waterfalls in Nahal Daliot:
Nahal Daliot is one of the most impressive and important streams in the Golan, a blooming trip to the basalt waterfall, in front of a breathtaking view of the plains of the Golan, the Sea of Galilee and the Galilee mountains.
Kinneret at its peak:
from Mitzpe Ofir, through the Golan Trail, into the Susita Reserve;
An orchard at the edge of the landscape: a trip that includes one of the most beautiful views in the Golan, a hidden spring and spring blossoms at their best.
Golan Amphitheater and the Cliffs Promenade:
an accessible route for the whole family, on the Ha'on Cliffs Promenade.
The Golan Heights