"The spring is already here and yet we are still experiencing some coolness and rain. That means that this is an ideal time to climb up to the upper Galilee and explore the city of Safed and its surroundings where spirituality and nature create a wonderful mix, much like the seasons."
"Two to three days on the move with many outdoor activities will ignite your interest in what this piece of land has to offer. Start with a climb to the top of Mount Meron and the summit trail (shvil hapisga)."
"On a clear day you will pass through several spots with a view in all directions including Safed which was our next stop."
"Safed is an ancient town that has been inhabited for thousands of years. It’s the highest city in Israel and is cool in the winter time and pleasant in the summer with a maximum elevation close to 900 meters."
"In the old town you will find many galleries of local artists. Some are on the main street of the old city while others are between the residential houses."
"For your overnight stay in the area, consider one of the boutique choices like Olive chain’s Rosenthalis Hotel. Different style rooms spread over 3 complexes will give you multiple options. Decorating the hotel are the paintings of Rosenthalis himself. The location is great as you can walk a short distance to explore every site in the old city without worrying about moving your car or parking which is tricky in an old city like Safed."
Before leaving Safed, peek into some of the interesting sites like the Ancient Tzfat Winery with their unique wine and the lovely family that run the winery. Another one of a kind family owned industry is Hameiri dairy which has been making cheese since 1840 and produce the original Tzfatit cheese."
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