Gidona is a small settlement of Yemeni immigrants and their descendants in the northern half of Israel. It is near Ein Harod, approximately two hours by car from Jerusalem. In 2015, the population of Gidona was 411. The main attractions in Gidona are hiking and visiting the nearby national parks.
Accommodation is limited to a small, basic hostel that is run by the commune or boutique hotels and guesthouses. The hostel caters to mainly families and groups of people, but there are dorm rooms available for solo travellers - this is unlike many other hostels in the area. Expect clean, shared spaces, free Israeli breakfast, and friendly staff that speak English. The staff at the hostel can help arrange tours or give you details on the hikes at Mount Gilboa and Harod Spring National Park.
The views from Mount Gilboa stretch out across the Jezreel Valley. The hike is challenging, but the views are worth the effort. After your hike, head for Harod Spring Nature Reserve, which has the second largest natural swimming hole in Israel. Near the pools is a museum in the former house of Joshua Hankin, who buried his wife on the property before leaving. Gideon’s Cave, where (in the Bible) Gideon tested his soldiers by asking them to drink the water from the spring, is a short drive away.
Another very popular attraction in this area is the Gan Hashlosha National Park, considered by some to be the real-life Eden. Here, the waters are a nice, warm 28 degrees Celsius year-round; don’t forget your swimwear! The park is also home to the Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology, which has remains from the Beit She’an Valley and exhibits about both the Greeks and Etruscans. You will need your own transportation for both of these adventures; it may be possible to arrange something with one of the locals on the settlement.
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