What to do and see in Hof Carmel, Israel: The Best Places and Tips

August 13, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Discover the best top things to do in Hof Carmel, Israel including Nahal Mearot - Wadi el-Mughara Caves, Skydiving Paradive, Atlit Detainee Camp, Ramat HaNadiv, HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass, Somek Estate Winery, Nisco Museum, Butterfly Farm, Crusaders' Castle of Atlit, The Caesarea Ralli Museum.
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1. Nahal Mearot - Wadi el-Mughara Caves

Hof HaCarmel Forst, Ein Hod 3089000, Israel +972 4-984-1750
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4 based on 25 reviews

Nahal Mearot - Wadi el-Mughara Caves

Reviewed By airport2015 - Jerusalem, Israel

15 minutes from Haifa on Rd 4 The UNESCO World heritage site with remains of Homo Sapiens and the ONLY place out of Africa of the Neanderthal man with a skeleton of a NEANDERTHAL Female.
This is the Oldest site in Israel traced back about 500000 years ago With unique feature of common life of Neanderthals and modernlooking human beeings living together

2. Skydiving Paradive

Habonim Beach, Hof Carmel 9040400, Israel
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5 based on 12 reviews

Skydiving Paradive

Paradive is not an ordinary Skydiving center. Paradive was established in the year 2000 in one of the most beautiful Skydiving sites in the world, and skydivers enjoy the amazing views of the sea, the countryside and the amazing shoreline. Our main specialty is preforming Tandem jumps. In a Tandem skydive you jump out of the airplane and into a once in a lifetime adventure. No previous exp

Reviewed By B B - Israel

I was given a Skydiving voucher as a gift, and enjoyed it much more than I expected. The team of receptionists, guides and photographers were all immensly friendly and professional, they all make sure the jump is fun and without any stress.
The jump itself is over the beautifull shoreline, and includes as much commentary as you ask for on the way up and down.
I would definitely recommend Paradive as a significant gift to fun lovers.

3. Atlit Detainee Camp

Road 721 | Atlit, Atlit 30300, Israel +972 4-984-1980
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5 based on 43 reviews

Atlit Detainee Camp

Reviewed By LSN12 - Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

I have been to Atlit before almost 10 years ago. Whilst the main part of the exhibition has not changed, there is a new exhibition that has been added and gives the whole experience a much deeper effect.
I was disappointed with the guide, whilst he knew alot, his Delivery was flat and emotionless. I understand that working at this kind of site is not easy but you need to be able to deliver the message appropriately.
The first part of the tour is around the camp and outlines the experience of the detainees, their state of mind on arrival and the life lived in the camp. It paints a depressive picture and you understand how awful it must have been to arrive at such a place following the treatment of the Jews in the Holocaust.
The second part of the tour is much more immersive. The format of the exhibition is that similar to the Palmach Museum (highly recommend) and lets the group immerse themselves a little bit more into the experience. It depicts the struggles that the Jews went through on their boat journey to Israel. I am not a big fan of the mannequins but it certainly gives you the impression of the 'stuffed' feel there must have been on these boats.
Don't expect an inspiring and rivetting story from the guide, but understand the significance of the location of where you are and what this part of history stood for for the Jews.

4. Ramat HaNadiv

Ganei Zichron, Zichron Yaakov, Israel +972 4-629-8111
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5 based on 329 reviews

Ramat HaNadiv

Reviewed By Yitzchak M - Ramat Gan, Israel

For those of us who seek adventure, outdoor thrills, “extreme” sport, and superb views, then hiking the Israel Trail from Moshav Beit Hananya up to the Observatory on the top of Ramat Ha’Nadiv – on top of those CLIFFS that can be seen when driving past Zichron Yaakov on any of the nearby major highways - is one of the best hikes/adventures and views in all of Israel. And don’t worry, there is no actual cliff climbing or metal hand holds. The Israel Trail snakes up a steep and a little bit rocky but easily hiked grassy passage between the cliffs. Along the top of the cliffs you will experience some of the most awesome views Israel has to offer. Recently, I even took some of my young grandchildren on this hike - not the whole way to the Observatory but to the first clump of trees on top of the cliffs where there is a wonderful commanding view of the Mediterranean Sea, the Carmel coastline and the Sharon Plain all the way down to Netanya in the south. For those who continue on to the Observatory, you will be able to see some phenomenal views all the way up the coastline to Haifa! Go do it and judge for yourself!

5. HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass

P.O.Box Hof Hacarmel 30815 | Kibbutz Nahsholim, Nahsholim 3081500, Israel +972 4-639-0950
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass

Reviewed By Telavivian - Tel Aviv, Israel

The old building goes back to the Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Once it was a glass factory but was closed 5 years after it was opened. In 1980 the kibbutz began to restore the building and at the same time excavations begun.
The museum is small but contains a lot of artifacts. The impression is that it is less known than other museum so on the way to Haifa one should pay a visit at the place. It tells the history of our country.

6. Somek Estate Winery

16 Hertzel St., Zichron Yaakov 30900, Israel +972 4-639-7982
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5 based on 49 reviews

Somek Estate Winery

Somek Estate Winery established in 2002 is located in Zichron Yaakov, a Mediterranean Coastal town in Israel, is a boutique winery owned by Barak and Hila Dahan. We offer guided tours of the winery and a full explanation of our vineyards, intimate process,and a full wine tasting.

Reviewed By henriksen2 - Frederikssund Municipality, Denmark

Barak Who owns this place is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable The wines Are in a league if Its own amongst the many wines i tasted from Israel You Should do yourself a favor and try this place ThomasThank you very much for the recommendation. It is highly appreciated. Best regards Hila

7. Nisco Museum

5 Achsania, Ein Hod 3089000, Israel +972 52-475-5313
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5 based on 15 reviews

Nisco Museum

Reviewed By Paul N - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Our family group went to the Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music and Antique Music Boxes at Ein Hod 30890 (Ein Hawd) and as went entered the front door I thought ‘Gee this is going to be a boring, waste of time’ but it was anything but that. And surprisingly, the youngish children in the room were happy and spell-bound but the sights and sounds. We got a step-by-step explanation of musical instruments – with examples and musical notes from each - from the initial, primitive instruments in Africa, through to music boxes, primitive metal spinning metal disks, pianolas, gramophones, early records and street vendor pipe organ which kids could operate by turning the handle and finishing with a monstrous pipe organ in showroom condition.
If Nisco was in Paris or London or Berlin he’d have a busload of tourists coming through his door every half hour whereas we had a pleasant, intimate demonstration in English and Hebrew. Anything but boring.

8. Butterfly Farm

Kibbutz Maagan Michael, Hof Carmel 30805, Israel +972 50-210-0613
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5 based on 1 reviews

Butterfly Farm

Reviewed By Nadezhda D - Rehovot, Israel

This is a small place with great atmosphere and meaningful casual lectures given to amuse people and make them learn something new. The butterflies are flying over the head and you can see all the steps of their development.

9. Crusaders' Castle of Atlit

End of Rt #721, Atlit, Israel
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3.5 based on 15 reviews

Crusaders' Castle of Atlit

Reviewed By airport2015 - Jerusalem, Israel

The bay of Atlit was inhabitated since the Iron Age,The Crusaders castle CHATEAU PELERIN,(Castelum Peregrinorium) was built by the Templars and pilgrims innagurated 1218,governed by the King of Jerusalem,Jhan De Breyen,a pefect example of European Crusaders Military Architecture.On1291 after Ako was occupied by the Moslems,the last Crusaders left the Phenician-Crusaders port of Atlit sailing west to Cyprus. Anyhow today the area of the Citadel is a Navy base,BUT you still can have a nice view on the Citadel and explore the special cemetry with memorial stones expresing the different professions of the inhabitants.
The viewing Terrace is inKhirbet Karta the eastern check point of the Citadel,going on road #2 Haifa -Tel Aviv Rd. take the Atlit exit ,drive West to the town up to the first gas station turn to a small Eucaliptus forest on the end of the forest park and walk to the viewing point

10. The Caesarea Ralli Museum

Rothschild, Caesarea 3088900, Israel +972 4-626-1013
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5 based on 192 reviews

The Caesarea Ralli Museum

The Caesarea Ralli Museums.The Museums are located in a 40,000 square meter park. The first Caesarea Ralli Museum exhibits mainly Latin American and Spanish paintings and sculptures. The second museum exhibits 16th to 18th century paintings depicting biblical themes.

Reviewed By Zeituni - Jerusalem, Israel

One of the best Israeli museums. Wonderful collection of Dali sculptures, interesting south American paintings. Very beautiful Sephardic pavilion - pity, nothing interesting inside; also no notice of more or less well-known Sephard Jews in late 1000 years - besides Columbus and Cervantes (?)

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