This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Almog. To help you make friends with Almog before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Almog is a small kibbutz settlement in the Jordan Rift Valley on the northern Dead Sea shores. It is also part of the West Bank. If you plan on travelling to Israel, and particularly the West Bank, you should research your individual country’s visa requirements and/or any travel advisories, as several western countries highly discourage travel to this volatile region. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israeli settlements on the West Bank are illegal - they are considered to violate international law by moving a population into occupied territories. The United Nations Security Council and General Assembly, the International Red Cross, and the International Court of Justice all consider such settlements illegal. Israel disputes this, and its likely that you would get in, however this may have later ramifications on your travel.
Almog was initially founded as a military Nahal settlement in the late 1970s but before the end of the decade had transformed into a kibbutz. It later opened a resort spa and hostel. This hostel caters to mainly family and large tour groups or school visits. As a solo traveller, you may find it difficult to get a bed at the hostel if there are groups there. If that is the case, Jerusalem (a little under one hour by car) or Bethlehem will have more choice in hostels. Bear in mind - and plan accordingly - that most hostels in Israel do not offer check in on Saturdays, as that is the Sabbath day.
Almog is home to a small museum where you can view copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found in the Qumran Caves near Kalia. Ein Feshkha, a natural spring and nature reserve, is nearby. There are hot pools there for the public to swim in and nature trails to walk. There are two sections of the park closed to the public; one of these is closed to everyone except scientists and the third is open to the public on Fridays.
Written by local enthusiast for Almog hostelsJakob Lombardi