From Caesarea Philippi , ascend the northern Golan Heights passing by the famous Nimrod Fortress with Mt. Hermon in the background, the Druze villages of Ein Kinya, Mas’ade and Buq’ata on your way to Mt. Bental.
Mt. Bental is a dormant volcano in the North-Eastern part of the Golan Heights. It rises to an elevation of 1,171 Meters above sea level.
The mountain is a part of a chain of dormant volcanic mountains running along the eastern part of the Golan Heights beginning from Mt. Ram in the north and ending at Tel Saki in the South. It is situated right next to Mt. Avital that erupted from the same lava source.
On top of Mt. Avital there is an IDF stronghold which was built on a former Syrian stronghold.
The site is a fantastic attraction point for visitors. From the top of the mountain, there is an excellent view of the former Syrian lands to the east overlooking old and new Quneitra (the former capital of the Syrian Golan), the deserted UN Camp, Mt. Hermon to the north and the Golan Heights in the West.
From here you can also see the intensive Israeli agricultural industry established after the 6 Day war in 1967 full of vineyards and orchards.
For the last 5 years, you can clearly see and hear almost every day from the vista the fierce fighting between the Syrian Rebels (Jabbat el Nusra) and the Syrian army joined by the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Here you can also learn about the fierce fighting that took place in 1967 and 1973 between the Syrian army and the IDF who liberated the Golan Heights in 1967 from Syrian occupation.
There is a cozy coffee shop (Coffee Annan) and restaurant at the top of the mountain where you can enjoy drinks, food, and fresh coffee. On both sides of the path leading to the vista, there is an exhibition of wild metal animals and statues compiled from various steel parts of armored vehicles left over from the wars. The artist is a Dutchman by the name of Joop de Jong.
From Mt. Bental we drive to our last destination today, the Golan Winery in the city of Katzrin.
By taxi or guided tour