Get free tourist tips about the Israeli Kibbutz - unique community villages that fill Israel's countryside. Tour the beautiful rural parts of Israel and explore this extraordinary style of living. On out travelling site you'll find free information and can book plane tickets, cars and accommodations online.
Israel's kibbutz communities are located within its most scenic and fruitful landscapes and are being one of the country's best-known "products," performing a unique, rural way of life whose historic hallmark is sharing. The kibbutz movement began around the turn of the 20th century, when groups of young pioneers from Eastern Europe combined their commitment to social equality and their love for nature and working the land with their Zionist dogma. These first kibbutzniks, as members of these communities are called, established Degania on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which is still blooming and prospering.
Currently there are approximately 270 kibbutzim throughout the Israel. Interestingly, as famous as the kibbutz movement is, only about 1.5% of Israel's population has chosen this way of life, making it an even more unique phenomenon you'd like to learn more about while visiting the country. It is impossible to imagine Israel without the kibbutz contribution to agriculture, industry, as a first home for immigrants and in the early years, in defense of its borders.
Since all kibbutzim started as farms, they are situated in Israel's most beautiful regions. That makes them an appealing destination for visitors and many operate hotels and/or bed-and-breakfast facilities, craft shops, galleries and other attractions and tourist services. In fact, travelers who want both to meet these unique people and enjoy their hospitality can plan their whole trip to Israel staying overnight only at kibbutzim. With lots of room to run around outdoors, kibbutz accommodations are great for families with children. Some kibbutzim run tours of their community and promote museums of their pioneering days as well as the heritage sites and artifacts found right on their territory.
An unforgettable opportunity to get acquainted with kibbutz life is by volunteering on one of 30 or so kibbutzim for a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months time. If you adore green meadows and waterscapes, you may look for a kibbutz volunteer program in northern Israel's Hula Valley or near the Sea of Galilee. If you're more into dramatic desert sceneries, you should choose the Negev or the Arava, where you can help make the barren land flourish.