The Golan Heights, forms a rocky plateau in the Anti-Lebanon mountains that overlook southern Syria. The plateau has an average altitude of 1,000 metres, an area totaling 1,800 square kilometres, along the boundary between Syria and Israel.
The region is dotted with nature reserves, historic and archeological sites as well as attractions for the entire family. Sometimes referred to as the Israeli Texas because of its size, the land is plentiful in water sources and high mountains, such as the Hermon Mountain, which has excellent ski conditions in the winter, and the Bental, which offers a panoramic view of Quneitra and Syria in the east, and the entire surrounding valleys as well as a view of the Hermon to the north.
The eastern edge of this region is dotted with a chain of volcanic hills, whereas the south and west border on basalt cliffs that descend to the Jordan Valley Rift, Lake Kinneret and the Yarmuk River.The Golan Heights is the only part of Israel with basalt stones, originating from long ago volcanic eruptions.
On the Golan Heights tourists can enjoy a genuine cowboy experience at one of several cattle and horse ranches, or pick ripe cherries and other fruits at one of the many orchards. Bird watchers can see eagles nesting at the Gamla nature reserve, and animal lovers can see the deer at the Odem Forest deer park, while history and archeology lovers can visit the many sites ranging from the Chalcolithic, Megalithical, Biblical, Roman, Byzantine and Christian eras to modern times.
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