Mount Carmel has always been a symbol of beauty and is an ideal place for family outings and for enjoying free time all year round. It is not particularly high. Its summit is just 546 meters above the sea. It extends between the Menashe Plateau in the south, the Haifa Bay in the north and the Jezreel Valley to the east.
Its proximity to the sea makes it ideal for lots of rainfall which allow the growth of a gorgeous and abundant Mediterranean forest. In the spring bloom you will find a great diversity of colorful flowers and plants all around it’s gardens, actually 670 different species!
The caves located on Mount Carmel were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2012.
It is mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible on chapter 18 of the First Book of Kings, this is where it is believed that the prophet Elijah revealed that the Lord of Israel was the true God.
1 Kings 18:16-18 – Elijah on Mount Carmel
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”
18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”