Updated: May 5, 2021
Need to get in one last taste of Israeli nature before the rainy season settles in?
We have the perfect place for you! And trust us, the effect is breathtaking!
"Nestled into the Judean hills just outside of beautiful Jerusalem sits Israel’s very own stalactite and stalagmite cave! There are unique formations of mineral deposits that grow like icicles hanging from a cave’s ceiling, as a result of years of dripping water."
Also known as Soreq Cave, this natural wonder attracts Israelis and visitors alike due to the magical effect it has, an oasis hiding deep within the earth. Located close to the city of Beit Shemesh, this cave was declared an Israeli nature reserve in 1975, and has become a popular destination ever since, enjoyable for children and adults!
"When visiting the cave, try and find the special characters and shapes of stalagmites and stalactites that have been named by Israeli geologists! Look out for the elephant's ear', 'snow white and the seven dwarfs', and 'Romeo and Juliet'- you guessed it, two formations that almost look like they are kissing!"
Make a game out of it and try and find your own discoveries among the formations!
A tip for visitors
"The cave itself is stunning, however, the surrounding landscape is not to be missed as well! Starting in the months after the holidays, the wildflowers begin to bloom and the wildlife comes out, making it a perfect spot for a picnic! Close by is the Soreq Stream, one of the largest streams in Israel, and is also mentioned in the Torah in describing Israel’s lush landscape! Today, it has become a water reservoir!"
P.S. The cave itself has been built up with stairs and handrails to make the visit a safe one!