"Whats in a name?" Muhafazat al Qunaytirah by freya_heaven

Muhafazat al Qunaytirah Travel Guide: 108 reviews and 327 photos

I shall call this area the Golan Heights, apart from being much easier to write, it is what most people will know it by. The Arabic name for the area is Muhafazat al Qunaytirah. The name change happened after the 6 day war of 1967 when the boundarys were changed and this area fell within present day Israel although VT have situated this area in Syria.


The Golan Heights or Muhafazat al Qunaytirah is situated on the north eastern tip of Israel, sitting snuggly next to Lebanon & Syria. Here you will find Crusader castles, Druze villages, pretty scenery & even a ski resort!

In the winter this area is very popular with skiers & people seeking fun in the snow. In the summer its a great place to get to slighty cooler climes of the summer heat.


This was a kind lady who gave us a hitch part of the way home.

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  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2005 at 8:32 AM

    Love the views from the Golan Heights ... amusing stories as always :) ... loaded guns, ride in a police car, jumping fences ... truly amazing.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2005 at 2:32 AM

    Never thought of this area as a ski resort, but it looks stunning! Great pages & photo's as always, happy travels, Blu

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2005 at 1:26 PM

    Revisited your page.. its still a big travel to do for me. Some day I will!

  • Jul 20, 2005 at 9:56 PM

    i think you've been reading too many adventures of freya stark... jumping fences, holding guns... lol, you be crazy chick! cool page on an unknown (to me anyway) area. cheers :-)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2005 at 12:54 PM

    Stunning views, very interesting story on the name and location of the place in real and on VT. Amusing local custom tip, unique hitchhiking by a police car and... skiing :-)

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2005 at 6:06 AM

    A very interesting page, nicola. A friend with a gun, jumping the fence, and then a ride with the police, what an adventure.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 12:32 AM

    Nicola, what an interesting and intriguing page and place with changing boundaries ! Nice snowy landscapes ! Snow in the Middle East is so unexpected...I walked in the snow in Lebanon !

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2005 at 12:54 PM

    I have been looking at Golan Heights from Syrian side. in difference to the others it is a very picturesque viewIt is a pitty that we normaly do know the place from political reasons.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2005 at 2:46 AM

    What a intriguing page, with surprises around every corner. You and Ray certainly are full of adventure. I always know I'll learn something new on your pages, Nicola. Picked up by police while hitchhiking "takes the cake" as does Ray with a gun~

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2005 at 1:05 AM

    NIce page, The Golan area is simply stunning. I've also started with my "Syrian" pages this days. Aren't you planning to visit Israel again ?

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