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Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor (Israel)

Practical information on Mount Tabor

  • Relaxation
  • Viewpoint
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Place or Religious Monument
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
Around 90 minutes by car from Tel Aviv
When to go
In spring or autumn
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Mount Tabor

Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Mount Tabor is a hill surrounded by plains near Nazareth. This particular location probably explains why it is of interest in different religious traditions.

My suggestion:
In order to really take advantage of the quietness of the place, I recommend that you go to Mount Tabor either the early morning or late evening. With the light of the beginning or end of the day comes a very articular ambiance on the site. 
My review

The only thing to see on Mount Tabor is the Church of the Transfiguration. This might appeal to some visitors more than others, but one thing is certain, there is something special about this hill and I have returned several times since. I did not go back for the religious monument, but to once more submerse myself in that Galilean atmosphere that you can feel at the summit. A tranquil path borders the low stone walls, with olive and cork oak trees leading the way to the Church. If you look over the walls, you will notice some ruins. These are the remnants of a monastery built during the era of the Crusades. Continuing this walk, you will discover the various valleys which surround Mount Tabor and even the lake of Tiberias if when the sky is clear.  

If you find yourself in Nazareth or on the lake of Tiberias during your stay in Israel, you could permit yourself a small detour to Mount Tabor either for its religious symbolism or its bucolic atmosphere.

At the summit of Mount Tabor
View from Mount Tabor
Philippine Lefas Seasoned Traveller
14 written opinions

From Mount Thabor, you'll get a magnificent viewof the Jezreel Valley.

My suggestion:
Feeling adventurous? If so, follow the hiking trail - it requires a greater effort but the reward is worth every step!
My review

Mount Thabor is, above all, a climb. There's a road that leads to the summit, but the more courageous amongst you will want to climb the slippery path, water bottle to hand. I suggest you come down via the road at sunset. You'll get a panoramic view of the valley and enjoy the last rays of sunshine as they reflect off the water below.

Remains of three monotheistic religions, a huge terrace from which to admire the view, terraced gardens on the was a wonderful sight. The Church of the Transfiguration, with stunning mosaiques on its vaulted ceiling, is well worth a visit!

An afternoon is time enough to do a tour and once you're back on the road, why not stop at the Sea of Galilee?

Mount Thabor
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