The INPA\’s peak travel day was Saturday, during which 150,000 people visited its sites.
With sunny skies and warm temperatures the entire week, more than 2.3 million Israelis headed to the nation\’s parks, nature reserves and forests throughout this Sukkot holiday.
From the beginning of Sukkot to Simchat Torah, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority reported more than 1.5 million visitors to its sites around the country, while Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund said that more than 800,000 people arrived to its destinations. Particularly popular were the special festivals at various parks organized by both the INPA and KKL-JNF, as well as campgrounds, bike trails and springs.
"In the excellent weather, accompanied by signs of autumn, more than 1.5 million visitors came to nature reserves and national parks throughout the holiday," said Raya Shurki, INPA’s community director. "The first days of the festival were marked by visits to many heritage sites in which travelers experienced the past in reenactments, markets and special activities, and were hosted in decorated sukkahs that greeted guests at various places. The second half of the holiday was marked by many visits to water attractions and beaches, with many dozens of guided tours in nature."
Similar to last Sukkot, the INPA said that its most popular national parks and nature reserves visited over Sukkot were Caesarea National Park, Beit Guvrin National Park, Park Eshkol, the Stalactite Cave, Yarkon-Tel Afek National Park, Ashkelon National Park, the Banyas Nature Reserve, Snir Nature Reserve, Tel Dan Nature Reserve Gan Hashlosha, the Majrasa, Beit Yannay National Park (Nahal Alexander), Dor Habonim Beach Nature Reserve, Achziv National Park and Ein Gedi National Park.
The INPA\’s peak travel day was Saturday, during which 150,000 people visited its sites. That day, travelers headed in droves to water sites in the North, as well as the beaches under the INPA\’s administration.
On Monday, the authority said it received about 100,000 travelers, with the highest number – 10,000 – visiting Palmachim Beach National Park, where a sand castle building event occurred that day.