A beautiful hike which explores the fountains and ancient agriculture of the Judaean mountains, by the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Type:        Hike
Region:    Jerusalem
Level:       Moderate
Duration:  5h

Along thousands of years of agriculture in the Judean mountains, a technique of hillside agriculture have developed. Using terasses and water channels, ancient farmers were able to cultivate a large veraity of crops and trees, such as weat, pulses, olives and grapes on the steep slopes.

This tour begins at Sataf, a resort reconstructed by the Jewish National Fund, which preserves the ancient mountain agriculture techniques. the route goes down the hillside, through plantations, groves and field plots, nursed these days by free time farmers from the regions.

The second part of the tour runs along the southern slopes of the Soreq valley, surrounded by planted pine groves and natural mediterranean woods, along a line of natural springs, drained since ancient times into small ponds, some with a tunnel carved in the rock to reach the water source.

The tour ends up at The Kennedy memorial, build by the JNF in memory of J. F. Kennedy. From there, a walk through Moshav Aminadav to the Ora road, by the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The Start/End points of the tour, are reachable by bus from Jerusalem / Tel Aviv.

It's possible to do only a part of the tour: The route of fountains

This tour is also available as a group tour on:
10 September 2017  |  17 September 2017  |  08 October 2017  |  22 October 2017