And for the tourists Israelis who want to explore their home in an environmentally friendly way, or bring green living to their everyday lives? There are lots of green towns in northern Israel, in the Galilee.
Kfar Kalil, in the western Galilee, is a town full of people trying to live simpler lives that are more in touch with nature. The approximately 50 families living in Kfar Kalil get all of their energy from solar power and practice exclusively organic agricultural practices.
Since the plots of land in Kalil were purchased privately, the houses are spaced relatively far away from each other in order to try to preserve the look of the landscape.
Klil, which might also be spelled Kalil in some places has a few eco tourism options. Here are my 3 favorites:
Bein Haruv Le Zayit:
This bed and breakfast is located in Kalil and features a swimming pool with a natural (as opposed to artificial) design, yurts, and a small store with homemade organic soaps.
Habayit Betzel Etsei Hazayit:
This collection of three small cabins – the orange house, the earth villa, and the sky villa – overlooks the Galilee mountains and an expansive landscape view.
Ohalim which means “tents” is a venue for workshops and quiet events held in a natural setting. Its spacious plot faces an ocean view and contains walking paths, meditation areas, and an organic vegetable garden.
Update 2021: AirBnB has changed the way people find accommodation in Klil nowadays. Most nights are unusually pricy for the value – like renting a person’s 3 bedroom house – but stuffed with their stuff for US $350 a night. But with Israel being a tight market where cost of living is high, you will find people ponying up and paying that and even more for an “eco” experience closer to nature.
Also, Klil was way more fun for adventurers when the cafe Cafe Klil in the middle of the village functioned as a community outlet for families. It’s been closed since COVID as far as we know.