Spring in the desert: the amazing Darom Adom Festival!

darom adom festivalDAROM ADOM – UPDATED for 2023!

Every spring, the Negev desert wows and amazes with a bloom of anemones (known as kalanyot in Hebrew) that truly will take your breath away.

To celebrate this amazing natural wonder, in which much of the desert landscape is covered in a sea of red, the annual Darom Adom festival takes place during the month of January/February, with each weekend dedicated to highlighting the very best of the region.

There are some really great things to see, especially if the weather holds out (it typically does, but it is still wintry, so there is a reasonable chance of rain). Some of the regular highlights we’d recommend include heading down to Re’im , a popular picnic area, and the nearby Be’eri Dairy, plus many of the kibbutzim in the area, including Kibbutz Kissufim and Kibbutz Ruhama.

The 2023 Darom Adom Festival takes place over the whole month of February, and not just at the weekend as in previous years, Some of the events that we think might catch your eye include (there are also PLENTY of other things to see and do in the area, for all the family, such as markets, fruit picking, and walks throughout this amazing area!):

Live Music – many of Israel’s finest musicians will be here for the month, including Rami Kleinstein and David Broza, call 08-9479225 for details¬†(see the concert listings here).
The Kalanyot Walk – This year the Kalanyot Walk will take place over 3 days, between the 15-17 February – choose one of three family friendly walks through the stunning fields of the kalanyot (anemones) at the Nature Park at Kibbutz Ruhama. Call 072-2510271 for details – 45 shekels per person (there’s a cheaper family ticket available), with lots of events and things to do along the way.
The Kalanyot Run – This year the Kalanyot Run will take place over 3 days, between 8-10 February, at Shukda Forest. Enjoy 2, 5, 10 or 15km runs through some amazing scenery; call 050-6865808 for details.
Check out the official site for even more events and details (mostly in Hebrew). You can also try calling 08-9949374 for details.

Head South this February!

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