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Beit Guvrin

Beit Guvrin - cave

Beit Guvrin is a National Park and a  historical site in the Lachish region of Israel. It’s about 20 minutes from Bet Shemesh. What’s more important is that there are caves, and my kids love the caves in Beit Guvrin.

Beit Guvrin – The first Caves

While you can walk around the site, it’s better if you can drive around, since the caves are quite far from one another. The first caves that my kids love going to are the pigeon caves. On the wall you will see many pigeon holes. These holes are where the Romans used to keep their pigeons before using them in ritual sacrifices.

Putting dead pigeons aside, the caves themselves are great. When you think of caves you think small dark hole in the mountainside. If you think that about the Beit Guvrin caves, you would be wrong.

Beit Guvrin - Cave 1

Once you manage to climb out of that cave there is another one close by that is much bigger, and my kids enjoy more.

Beit Guvrin - Cave 2

 

The cave is large, cool, and fun for the kids to run around in.

Once done in the cave, take the other stairs out because it’s fun to come out somewhere else, and plus the pictures are great.

Beit Guvrin - stairs

 

Beit Guvrin – The Second Caves

After finishing with the first set of caves, you get in the car and drive to the next set. While there is another cave at this second location, I will focus on their favorite cave. Their favorite cave is the Apollophanes cave.Beit guvrin - Burial cave

With an amazingly picturesque entrance this cave was used as an ancient burial chamber, and is a lot of fun to play in.

Beit Guvrin - Apollophanes Inscription

My kids normally play in this kid for a half hour easy if not more!

Beit Guvrin - Apollophanes cave

When your finally done, with those caves it’s time to head to the Bell Caves.

Beit Guvrin – The Bell Caves

Beit Guvrin - Bell Caves

The Beit Guvrin Bell Caves are probably the most famous and the largest caves in Beit Guvrin.

Exploring the different areas of the cave is fun and easy as it is stroller accessible.

Beit Guvrin - Bell Caves

Here not only will you find caves, but you can find a batload of bats as well! Depending on your kid, this will either terrify or delight them.

Don’t forget to take the long way back so that you can enjoy the scenery and a few hidden caves as well.

Now, there is more to do in Beit Guvrin. There is the Roman Amphitheater across the street and more, but, by the time we finish with the Beit Guvrin Bell Caves the kids are done, so that is where we normally stop.

Beit Guvrin – Tips

  • Beit Guvrin is a National Park and therefore costs money. I highly recommend buying their Matmon card which will give you free access to almost all of the National Parks.
  • Bring a hat – I know you will spend the majority of your times in caves, but when your not in a cave you are in the sun, so be prepared.
  • Bring a baby carrier. The Bell Cave is accessible by stroller, the rest are not, and unless you want to carry your baby on your arms (you can) than bring a baby carrier.
  • Bring water! Climbing all those stairs is tiring, even for a super dad like you.
  • When there is a bathroom (and they are there) use them!

Want to read about other National Parks?

Check out Einot Tzukim 

 

What do the kids say?

 

Oryan

10 year old

 

“I’ve been here with you and with school. Let me show you around. Also, the bats are scary”

 

 

 

Shalev

7 year old

 

“The caves are so cool and fun”

 

 

 

Yahav

5 Year Old

 

“Did you see me running in the cave…also, can I take off my shoes”

 

 

Ayana

2 Year Old

 

“I enjoyed this trip immensely, particularly the Apollophanes Cave. Also…bats! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shraga
shraga
Dad of four living in Israel. Being a dad is an insane roller coaster that never ends, plus a lot of people throw up. I like finding things to laugh at in the day to day and usually that means laughing at myself.

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