Banias Spring

A peaceful spot for prayer and reflection, Caesarea Philipi is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Israel. See where Jesus cured the woman from Paneas and asked the disciples who they thought he was. Visit the Crusader tower and a still-active water mill. Map. See also the Pan Cave.

The largest waterfall in Israel is in the Nahal Hermon Nature Reserve (Banyas).  Above the year-round flow of water there is a “hanging trail”, where unique remains of human legacy can be found.

 Points of interest in details:

  • The Banyas Waterfall – the Banyas is the most powerful waterfall in Israel – it falls 10 meters with enormous force and noise into a beautiful pool surrounded by vegetation.  You can view the waterfall (and get wet from the splashing water) from the well-built wooden boardwalk.  The noise of the flowing water and the spectacular sight make this a most enjoyable experience.
  • The Hanging Trail – the Nature and Parks Authority has made part of the stream accessible by means of the “hanging trail”, 100 meters long, along which you can walk close to the rushing waters.
  • The Shrine and Cave of Pan – close to the Banyas spring a broad pathway of steps ascends to the Cave of Pan.  The five niches cut into the cliff next to the cave are the remains of the shrine of the Greek god Pan, for which the place is named – Panyas (in Arabic – Banyas).  At the front of the cave there are the remains of a temple built by King Herod to the god Pan.
  • The Matruf Flour Mill – this is an active flour mill which still serves the villagers of Mas’ada and En Kiniya, and there are other ruined flour mills along the stream (the Um Ra’i mill near Nahal Sa’ar, and the Al-Mahadeh and Sab’ah mills near the waterfall), with Roman and Crusader architectural remains.

The reserve is closed about one hour before the times given below:

Summer Time:

Sundays thru Thursdays and Shabbat:  08:00 – 17:00
Fridays and eves of religious festivals:  08:00 – 16:00

Standard Time (winter):

Sundays thru Thursdays and Shabbat:  08:00 – 16:00
Fridays and eves of religious festivals:  08:00 – 15:00
On the eves of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Pesach: 08:00 – 13:00

Contact

Telephones:
972-4-690-2577 – Springs
972-4-695-0272 – Waterfall and Hanging Trail
Fax:
972-4-690-4066 – Springs
972-4-659-0272 – Waterfall and Hanging Trail

 Fees

  • Single: Adults NIS 29;  Children: NIS 15
  • Students:  NIS 25
  • Group (over 30 persons):  Adults:  NIS 23;  Children:  NIS 14
  • A combined ticket is available for the Banyas + Kal’at Namrud:
    • Single:  Adults: NIS 41;  Children: NIS 20.
    • Group (over 30 persons):  Adults: NIS 36;  Children: NIS 19

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