A short 45 minute drive from the Safed Sugar Suite is Shuk Manara, otherwise known as Manara Cliffs. This is one of my kids' favorite places to go and the sign says it all.
For the kids there is bungee jumping. My 8 year old says she loves to do flips in the air. But don't look up or it will look like they are flying through the roof.
Second favorite in her opinion are the go carts. Personally I kept the brake on the whole time. But they didn't. The carts go to the top of the mountain and then they let loose and you go flying down. Hold on to your kippot and shaitels!
The most relaxing for me was the cable car that takes the whole family at one time to the top of the mountain. Halfway up you think you are there, then you wave shalom to the guard ( what is he guarding? I don't know but it looks like a cushy job!) Then the car takes a steep 45-60 degree angle straight up the mountain for the second half. At the top is a gorgeous view where you can almost see to Lebanon.
Be sure to buy the triple pass to go on all three and ask if there's a discount connected to Kfar Blum, the kayaking place in the valley.
If you only have a few hours in Safed here are some recommendations.
1. Candle Factory. It is like a museum as well as a great place to shop for gifts. You can sometimes see the candle makers at work.
2. Take a walk to the top of the Citadel. You can drive or walk up the set of stairs located across from the City Hall. At the top you can hear the story of the battle of Safed. As well you can see in all four directions and get a feel for the city in case you got lost...
3. The artist row. You can wander around the artist quarter and find some beautiful galleries or if you are short on time then spend some time in the artist row. You can see some of the artisans at work and find Avi's gallery in the middle across from the falafel stand. He's an artist and he makes one of a kind mezuzot from wood and he carries my line of photography as well.
4. The Ari Synagogue is a shul from the 15th century. If you ask the guard at the entrance he can tell you a few stories. Be sure to look for the shrapnel hole near the entrance and ask him to tell you that miracle story.
5. The HaMeiri Cheese factory is a great place to pick up some fancy cheeses that they make on the premises and the grape leaves are my favorite.
Pnina Sugar has lived in Safed for 8 years. This blog was created from the outlook of a mother, explorer and a photographer to help you make the most of your vacation in Safed and Northern Israel. You can find her photos at www.israelphotoart.com or join her upcoming Kabbalistic photo journey of Safed tour on your next trip to find out where she took all those cool door photos