#Pakal_Kafe: Ein Aya

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).

The pool at Ein Aya edged with stone
The pool at Ein Aya / Shifra Gottleib

The story

Ein Aya is a natural spring in the Golan Heights that overlooks the Israeli-Syrian-Jordanian border. The maayan was named after fallen IDF soldier Eylon Yaacov Horwitz, who was killed in a training accident in 2004. The pool, originally built by the Syrians, was rebuilt and cleaned by Eylon's friends.

What you can expect

The pool is around 4x4 meters, big enough for a cool dip. There are benches and plenty of shade for you to relax, lay out a picnic, or fire up your pakal kafe.

A pakal kafe set up at the edge of the EIn Aya pool with a half filled glass cup of coffee
Bring your pakal kafe for a relaxing cup of coffee next to the pool! / Shifra Gottleib

What you need to know!

  • There is no garbage pick up from the spot, make sure to keep it clean.

  • You should bring something warm to wear.

  • Payment & hours: Free and unlimited hours

  • Distance from the parking lot: Nearby

  • Best season to visit: All year long

  • Family-friendly? Yes

The paved road leading to Ein Aya with a sign on the right with the words "Ein Aya"
The road leading to Ein Aya / Shifra Gottleib

Directions

The path to this spot is well marked, making it easy to find. There will be a turn-off of Road 98 where you will see a sign pointing to "Ein Aya". You will drive over a metal grate that is there to ensure that the cows won't enter. You will continue along the road until you reach a big area where you can park your car. Walk 2 minutes up to the pool. You won't be disappointed!