I really left a piece of my heart at this picturesque town in Northern Israel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Rosh Pinna might just be the most picturesque, beautiful town I have visited in Israel! It was founded on the slopes of Mount Kna'an in 1882 by thirty Romanian families who moved to Israel and is now a top romantic destination to Israel with world class spa's and some really unique restaurants. When you visit Rosh Pinna, make sure to book a table at Shiri Bistro, the food is delicious and you cannot get a better view or atmosphere! They have a wine bar too, serving the best of Israeli wines. Another gem is Chocolate Rosh Pinna, a cozy chocolate and coffee shop with the best deserts.
Where to stay
I recommend you book your stay at the Jasmine Boutique Hotel, a boutique hotel / villa with five gorgeous suites, a common lounge, kitchen and outside area with pool and spa facilities. You can also book spa treatments at the hotel. What I really loved, is that the hotel can be rented as a whole too! Perfect for family gatherings and birthdays. We stayed in one of the suites on the ground floor, where we could walk straight to the pool from our terrace. In the mornings, a delicious home made Israeli breakfast was served in the lounge which included everything you might want for breakfast: eggs how you like it, salads, cheeses, yogurts with fresh fruits, granola and cakes. It was the perfect start of our day exploring the city, which you can easily do on foot, and it was wonderful to relax by the pool afterwards.
The owners call it 'your home in the Galilee' and it really felt like it. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming like a home, but with the luxury facilities of a high-class boutique hotel, which makes it a wonderful place to stay!
What to do
Rosh Pinna on its own is an attraction with its beautiful, picturesque streets and viewpoints! I recommend you to just wander around the little streets and enjoy the scenery. When you walk uphill towards the Chocolate bar, you will pass many of the town's highlights. PICA House displays an interesting exhibition about the history of Rosh Pinna and the Mer House is a museum about Professor Gideon Mer, who was an important contributor in curing malaria in the 1930s. Make sure to visit the Baron de Rothschild gardens too that you will pass on your way, it's well worth a visit.