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#Pakal_Kafe: Ein Abu Kalab

Updated: May 6

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).

>>> So we @iKonnect decided to hop on this trend!


A pakal kafe set up at the edge of the Ein Abu Kalab pool
Credit: Shifra Gottlieb

The story

Ein Abu Kalab, also known as Ein Misla, is a beautiful natural pool located in Gush Etzion. The pool is located on the slopes of a mountain where it fills up with water during the winter and spring, mostly from the rain.

What to expect?

The water in the pool isn't too deep, around 50 cm, but it's a fun and refreshing dip if you are in the area. You will have a beautiful view of the valleys below, and there are several shady picnic tables where you can sit down and enjoy a picnic, bbq, or a pakal kafe.

A sign pointing to the left towards the Ein Abu Kalab pool
Credit: Shifra Gottlieb

What you need to know!

  • Payment & hours: Free and unlimited hours

  • Distance from the parking lot: 1 kilometer

  • Best season to visit: Winter and Spring

  • Family-friendly? Yes

Directions

At Tzomet HaGush (Gush Etzion Interchange) drive west towards Kfar Etzion.

➡️ Around 50 meters before the roundabout, turn right onto a dirt road towards Eretz HaAyalim. ➡️ Continue along this road until you reach a sign directing you to turn right to "Ein Abu Kaleb". 🅿️ We parked the car before the turn since the rocks were a bit high for our low private car. 🚶It is 5 min walk downhill to reach the pool- totally worth it!