Fall is officially here, and with it comes the blossom of the Sternbergia and the Naked Ladies plants, migration of many birds over Israel's skies, all with autumn foliage colors.
Listed below are the top 10 must-see sites in Israel this season.
1- The Bashanit Ridge in the Golan Heights
At this northern mountainous region, bright yellow Sternbergias and vibrant pink Naked Ladies are blossoming to welcome the fall season.
A trip to this nature reserve will awe visitors with a photogenic landscape of beautiful flowers on the background of black basalt rocks amidst an impressive oak grove.
The site includes antique remnants from the Ottoman rule, spectacular panoramic vantage points, and a natural spring.
2- Hula Nature Reserve
The Hula Valley is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to see bird migrations. At this time of year, visitors will catch a glimpse of flamingos, pelicans, and of course – cranes – that fly over the Israeli skies in great numbers, reaching tens of thousands each year.
Many other species of birds of prey also inhabit this site, such as eastern imperial eagles, rare frog eagles, white-tailed eagles, and black-winged kites.
In 2009, “BBC Wildlife” magazine named the Hula Valley one of the top 10 birdwatching sites, and we suggest you all come and it.
3- Banias Nature Reserve
The Banias, also known as Lake Hermon , collects all the snow that melted over the summer from the Hermon mountain.
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority made part of the stream accessible with a suspended path that is about 100 meters long.
During this season, the trees on the river bend changing its leaves to the colors of autumn as they grow red, orange, and yellow.
4- Mount Meron Nature Reserve
The trail in this nature reserve will bring you to the peak of the 1,208 meter (nearly 4,000 feet) high mountain. There you will find Sternbergias and Naked Ladies blossoming in several different colors, as well as roses.
On the trail itself there are lookouts towards the mountains of the Galilee, Golan Heights, Hermon Mountain, and the coastal plain.
5- Agamon Hefer , the Lookout and Observation Stock Mishmar Hasharon and reservoirs Emek Hefer
This birdwatching site, built by The Jewish National Fund, sits on the Alexander River in central Israel's Emek Hefer area. From the scenic balcony, visitors can watch the thousands of pelicans and large cormorants, as well as gray herons and more.
6- Ein Hemed National Park
It might be worth waiting a few more weeks before paying a visit to this beautiful park, because around mid-November it turns into a beautiful fall wonderland. Not far from Jerusalem, this hidden gem boasts Old World sycamore trees and has a stream running through the middle of it, perfect for a scenic autumn stroll.
7- Mamshit National Park
This more southern site offers an site of fall in the desert, with blossoms of white and fragrant Negev lily flowers.
This is a species that is common in Israel and only grows in the sandy and clay soils of the Negev.
8- Lake Yeruham Park
An oasis in the middle of the desert landscape, Lake Yeruham is a hot spot for migrating birds. Aside from the many types of herons and songbirds, lucky visitors may also see the porphyria swamphen – a red-beaked bluish-purple bird.
The Yeruham ridge near by has one of the most concentrated blossoms of Sternbergias, and this is just the time to come see them bloom.
9- Reches Boker Reserve
Coming in a close second after the :Lake Yeruham Park for the Sternbergias blossom is this nature reserve.
10- Borot Lots
Lotz Cisterns is an archaeological site in Negev Mountains, close to the Egyptian border, where 17 ancient water cisterns can be found.
This landscape is home to unique flora that blossom after winter rains, but the fall offers several rare flower blossoms as well, including the damascene crocus.