Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve
Meet Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve
A vertical cliff towering magnificently over the Sea of Galilee and looking out towards the Golan Heights and Mt Hermon;
In the eastern Lower Galilee, on the way to Tiberias, a monumental cliff towers up, offering a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Mt Hermon, and the Galilee. This is the Arbel Cliff, the heart of the Arbel Nature Reserve, declared in 1967, and the national park that surrounds it, which also includes Mt Nitai, Mt Savyon, the Horns of Hittim, and the Arbel Plateau.
The main importance of the nature reserve and the reason for its declaration is preservation of the diversity of habitats it contains and the unique species that inhabit it, as well as the fact that it is part of a continuum of natural areas, allowing wildlife to pass between them. In addition, the site was declared a nature reserve in order to restore and conserve the fascinating heritage sites and antiquities found at Arbel. These sites include Arbel Fortress and the impressive cave village, where historic battles were fought in the days of Herod, Horvat Vradim (Hamam), and the ruins of the Jewish settlement of Arbel, in which the remains of a splendid ancient Galilean synagogue are still to be seen.
Arbel rises to a height of 181 m above sea level, some 390 m above the Sea of Galilee, and it looks out over and can be seen from a great distance. It is the hard limestone and dolomite rocks of which the cliff is made that have given it its impressive vertical character. Cliffs like Arbel are not commonly found in the landscapes of our country, and it is home to a diversity of plants, birds, and cliff-dwelling animals. Preserving these unique nature and landscape values is of the greatest importance.
Among the species that are unique to the park and nature reserve is a species of snail that exists only at the Arbel, a small snail by the name of Cristataria genezerethana; there are also rare plants (the bladder senna (colutea istria), and rock scrophularia (Scrophularia xylorrhiza), among others); the wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), a bird that over-winters here, and looks like a red butterfly in flight; nesting birds of prey, and many more.
From the entrance to the national park there are marked hiking trails that pass through these sites. The combination of a visit to the historic and archaeological sites and the experience of nature and the breathtaking clifftop view is the uniquely magical secret of the Arbel.
Arbel National Park and Nature ReserveUseful Information
Entrance to the site closes one hour before time cited. Last entry to trails down the cliff: three hours before site closing time. Entry to lookouts closes one hour before site closing timeSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
Do not enter the Arbel Nature Reserve when the site is closed to visitors.
To visit the site outside of regular hours, please reserve with the site office.
From the Tiberias-Golani junction (road 77), turn at the Kfar Hittim junction to road 7717. Turn right at the turnoff for Moshav Arbel, and before the entrance to the moshav, turn left and drive 3.5 km to
Reserving a visit to Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve
|Adult in group||₪ 19.00|
|Child in group||₪ 8.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 11.00|