After a long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the public is “voting with their feet”: Tens of thousands of tourists have already visited the tourist sites in Gush Etzion and enjoyed a wide variety of attractions and activities for the whole family.
The tourist sites, in coordination with the Gush Etzion Tourism Division, prepared in advance for the wave of visitors by setting up special activities and events.
The Council and Tourism Division is expecting many more visitors this week, as chol ha’moed (the intermediate days of the Passover and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) holidays - ed.) is nearly a week long.
Other special events/activities include a story festival in the Tekoa Forest; a street festival at King Herod’s private palace within the Herodian National Park, including entertainment; ATV/Jeep rides through the beautiful landscapes; and the first-time use of new bike trails. Also, the longest omega in the country will be operational at the “Deer Land Farm.”
Local wineries and bed and breakfasts are open, with the Tzomet Institute offering tours showcasing the latest combinations of technological developments combined with halakha (Jewish Law).
The Kfar Etzion Field School is offering guided tours, and there are also various opportunities for animal encounters. There are other extreme sports opportunities, as well as the option to simply walk along the various hiking paths.
Gush Etzion Regional Council Head Shlomo Ne’eman said: “Tourism in Gush Etzion is thriving and flourishing, and we are very happy that the people of Israel have chosen to 'vote again with their feet' and come to enjoy the variety of tourist attractions, historical sites, and leisure activities we have to offer in Gush Etzion, the tourist capital of Judea and Samaria.”
“After a challenging year with the coronavirus pandemic, this is huge moral and economic boost for residents and businesses in Gush Etzion and in Judea and Samaria in general. We hope to host thousands of additional tourists here, and are so happy to see those who have already arrived to visit our heritage sites, and hope to see them back again soon. Chag sameach (a happy holiday) to all of Israel!”
Gush Etzion Tourism Division Head Moshe Bruce added: “Passover is a great opportunity to hike in Gush Etzion and enjoy a spectacular combination of tourist sites, a variety of events, natural springs and more. No traffic jams, no parking problems, and not too far away from home! I invite you to take advantage of the vacation after a difficult year under coronavirus and come to Gush Etzion with the entire family. Come discover the new treasures Gush Etzion has to offer!”