Gan Hashlosha National Park or the ancient name of Sahne, is located near Beit Shean in the Lower Galilee. It is one of the most beautiful of the Israel National Parks. Some believe that this is the “real” location of the Garden of Eden. It looks like a magical oasis.
Gan Hashlosha National Park the ultimate vacation spot
Sahne means ‘hot pool” in Arabic
Gan Hashlosha means “The Park of the Three”
There is a spring that emerges on the western side of the park that maintains a natural flow of water at a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 Fahrenheit, year round. Called Amal Spring, it has been widened into pools. The pools are surrounded by palm trees and lush green lawns that make for a full day of picnicking, playing, and relaxing.
Waterfalls in Gan Hashlosha National Park
One of the most beautiful National Parks in the world
These pools draw many tourists and locals to its waters for
the purpose of relaxation or just plain swimming
It is this amazing scenery which led to Time Magazine to name Gan Hashlosha as one of the most beautiful parks in the world.
Sahne is about a ten-minute drive from Mount Gilboa, which makes it a perfect stop for tourists especially Pilgrims to visit the Mount and then relax and take a dip in these perfect waters.
Gan Hashlosha is located just off road 669 between the Hashita junction and Beit Shean. Enter Beit Shean Park Entrance or Kibbutz Nir David. All signs refer to the park as Gan Hashlosha.
If possible avoid the months of July and August, when Israeli kids are on vacation and the site may be crowded. The best times I recommend are April to June and September to November.
Remains of a typical "Homa Umigdal" settlement
While visiting, you may see the remains of an "Old Tower and Stockade settlement", Homa Umigdal in Hebrew, set up by Jewish Pioneers in 1936 when the British had a total ban of new settlements on the Land of Israel. You may visit its residential quarters with kitchen and dining room and get a glimpse of how the first settlers lived up to the middle 1900s.
There is also an old gristmill, used in the past for grinding flour. It has been reconstructed and is now active.
The Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology is located on the grounds of the park, with a display of Greek tools and artifacts from excavations in the Beit Shean Valley. It also features findings from Egypt and Persia, besides an exhibit about the Etruscans.
Gan Hashlosha is ideal for a Family Day Vacation
A real beach environment
Like in any other beach environment, come early and get the best spot to spread out with your family. Many people come with their own BBQ equipment and make the famous Israeli food Basar Al Haesh or Meat on the Grill, also called Mangel in Israel. Fridays and Saturdays tend to be particularly crowded.
I don’t’ mention entrance prices because they change without notice.
I visited Sahne for the first time in 1959 and then many, many times during the years and can attest to the improvements the Parks Authority has done to better the place.
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