#Pakal_Kafe: Mizpeh Offir

Updated: Jan 13

Here's an interesting fact about Israelis - They like to take a pakal kafe with them on hikes in nature, or when they visit their nearby ma'ayan (spring). (or sometimes use them at home!)

Why? Do you ask? Well, simply because there is nothing more Israeli than enjoying the outdoors with a nice steaming glass of fresh coffee (*Don't worry, there is always emergency tea for the non-coffee drinkers).

Panorama view of the Kinneret from Mizpeh Offir
Panorama view of the Kinneret from Mizpeh Offir! / Shifra Gottleib

The story

Mizpeh Offir is a beautiful lookout spot in the south of Golan Heights. From the lookout, you can oversee the Jordanian Valley, the Kinneret, Emek HaHula, the Hermon, and the Galil.

The spot was built by Jimmy Shaal, in commemoration of his son Offir, who passed away at the age of 16 from a rare liver disease.

The Mitzpeh Offir Lookout paved with large stones with a woman sitting on a rock wall overlooking the Kinneret
The Mitzpeh Offir Lookout / Shifra Gottleib

What to expect?

From the lookout spot, you can find a trail that takes you on a nice walk between ancient remnants, and old Syrian bunkers and guard posts. The place has plenty of picnic tables and shady areas, perfect for a nice lunch and pakal kafe.

The Mitzpeh Offir stone fense with a pakal kafe pot and cup set up overlooking the Kinneret
Don't forget to pack your pakal kafe! / Shifra Gottleib

What you need to know

  • Make sure you pack a picnic, it's the perfect location!

  • There are garbage cans.

  • This viewpoint is accessible with a car and is handicap and baby carriage friendly.

  • It can get quite windy.

  • Payment & Hours: Free and unlimited hours

  • Distance from the parking lot: Nearby

  • Best season to visit: All year long

  • Family-friendly? Yes

Stone picnic tables set up at the Mitzpeh Offir Lookout
Enjoy your lunch and pakal kafe coffee at one of these stone picnic benches. / Shifra Gottleib

Directions

Just put in Google Maps/Waze: מצפה אופיר and drive, you'll be taken straight there!