A Dinosaur in Beit Zayit

Situated in the heart of the Jerusalem Hills, the Gordonia Hotel serves as a base for tours in the vicinity that are no more than a short drive away. Many of the routes are easy and comfortable, and they are fascinating. Routes can be covered by foot, car, bike, or by combining a short drive with a pleasant walk and the opportunity to enjoy nature and the excellent air.

Where? 
Moshav Beit Zayit, about 10 kilometers southeast of the Yearim Hotel.

How to get there? 
Exit the hotel and drive to Highway #1; the moshav is situated south of the highway, near Motza Junction. Signs will lead you easily and directly to the dinosaur park, located in the center of the moshav.

What’s worthwhile?
A dinosaur stomped on muddy ground about 70 million years ago, on land on which Moshav Beit Zayit is now situated, seven kilometers west of Jerusalem, and imprints of the prehistoric creature’s three sharp claws are still visible. These are the only dinosaur footprints to have been discovered in Israel, and researchers surmise that the animal weighed about 250 kilograms and stood 2.5 meters tall. The footprints, embedded in a level of rock that hardened from the primordial mud, are still clearly evident. 
Some people with an active imagination have erected two dinosaur dolls in a little garden, near the tracks. 
The garden is closed Saturdays; at other times, visitors need to take the key from the Beit Zayit secretariat, situated directly opposite the garden. Tel: 02-5346334.

B’Derekh Hagefen (Hebrew for “Along the Vine Route”) is a very short distance away, and
also is well worth a visit. It is a café/restaurant highlighted by a flowering garden, and the
view through the windows is great. A chef restaurant, it features kosher Mediterranean
cuisine from the French and Italian kitchen. Address: 1 Hagefen Road. Tel: 02-6502044.

Tours by Car:

Gordonia – Private Hotel | Ma’ale Hahamisha, israel | Orders: 02-5331342 | Direct call: 02-5331381

Kerem hotel Group: Yearim Hotel / Gordonia Hotel

There are not many places that echo the story of Israel in a clear, distinct voice; there are only a few where the visitor can tune into the past while totally enjoying the present. The new Gordonia Hotel at Kibbutz Ma’ale Hahamisha is one of these rare places. Acquaint yourself with the green, tranquil setting – the enchantment and tremendous pull of the landscape of the Jerusalem Hills, along with the roots, struggles, the desire for a tranquil life, the bond with the land, the vineyards, forests and hills – and you will understand the story of Israel.

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