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  • Talma Gotteiner

Valentine's Day 2022: Romantic Ideas Down South

Hi there,

This week, I've gathered a few ideas for Valentine's Day activities down South(Feb 14th for those who don't remember).

Valentine's Day 2022: Romantic Ideas Down South
Photo Credit: Anand and Esther by Jaideep Kotak

WHEN: Feb 14, 2022

Be'er Sheva Tourism Project I LOVE BASH with Culinary Couples Tours in the Renewed Urban Market of Be'er Sheva

The I LOVE BASH guides will take you on a special tour for Valentine's Day through the alleys of the municipal market in Be'er Sheva, seasoning stories of love and passion with actual tastings from the market. Hear the story of Abraham and Sarah and talk about the place of the market in the lives of the inhabitants. During the tour you will meet interesting couples, including Ida and Sasi who decided to leave their previous lives and open a Tunisian restaurant where the mythical "Sami and Susu" was. Meet Anand and Esther who came from India for a vacation in Israel and never left. Throughout the tour you will taste a variety of foods and spices including favorite pairs such as fish&chips, frena&arisa and chocolate&halva.

The tour also passes between the Bedouin stalls offering authentic goods from Hebron, the Georgian bakery, a chef's deli, the oldest fish shop in the market and more. Along with the tastings and couples stories, you will also get to know one of the only authentic markets left in the country that embodies the story of the multi-layered Israeli society and the story of Be'er Sheva as a city receiving emigrants from over 70 different diasporas. All of these are embodied in the smells, tastes and stories of the urban market traders.

The tours last 1.5-2 hours and cost 120 NIS per participant.

The number of participants is limited and must be booked in advance. The itinerary may vary depending on the duration. It is possible to hold kosher tours.

For more information and booking contact: Naama Sapir, 052-7751565 or email

A Couple's Cooking Workshop with Chef Yinon Beeri, in Paran, Central Arava Region

The young and talented Chef Yinon Beeri from Moshav Paran began his culinary career in the luxury restaurants of London: "Palomar" and "Burberry". When he returned to Israel after nine years, he fulfilled a dream and opened a boutique restaurant in the backyard of his home and childhood landscape in Moshav Paran. Chef Beeri offers intimate chef meals in his backyard as well as cooking workshops with local seasonal produce. The workshop opens with fresh bread, dips and wine and then a cooking session in which you learn how to cook three dishes and a dessert. The couples enjoy a special meal they have made together, in the open special atmosphere of the desert and receive recipes from Chef Yinon Beeri.

The workshops last at least 3 hours. The cost, for a minimum of 6 participants is 300 NIS per participant.

For details and reservations - Yinon Beeri - 052-4260327

A Romantic Wine Tasting Tour and a Picnic Basket at Moa Winery, Tzofar, Central Arava Region

MOA Winery in Tzofar, was established in 2014 by the couple Yehuda and Tzvia Friedman, who pioneered the idea of ​​wine production in the Arava region. Yehuda studied the secrets of wine production and established the visitors center and boutique winery that produces quality wine from the moment of vintage until the desert wine is poured into the glass. The winery has won several medals in wine competitions including the Silver medal for Shiraz wine in the 2015 'Terra Vino' competition. Moa Winery offers a romantic visit for guided tastings of wines produced at the winery.

The duration of the visit is an hour and a half. Cost - 100 NIS per couple.

In addition, you can buy a cheese platter and local snacks for an additional fee, or take a 'couples picnic basket made locally' and dine outside in the winery courtyard or wherever you choose in the Arava. The basket includes: a bottle of wine, cheese from the Beeri Dairy, bread, organic olive oil, hyssop, olives and fresh vegetables, straight from the greenhouse in the Arava, cutlery and disposable wine glasses. The basket costs 299 NIS and is available for self-collection. For details and reservations - Yehuda Friedman - 052- 3666095.

"Escape Desert" - A Fascinating Journey Game for Couples in Hebrew or English in Tzukim, Central Arava Region

The exciting game provides a double, challenging, formative and powerful entertainment experience! In the open space, at sunset in Tzukim in the Central Arava Region. "Escape Desert" allows exceptional quality time for the couple to get to know the desert environment in a special way. The breathtaking views over the ancient Spice Road and the modern Israel Trail. You can play in Hebrew and English at two levels of difficulty.

The game takes about two hours and includes a walk of 3-4 km. Price - 100 NIS per couple. There is a special price for couples staying in Nof Tzukim of 60 NIS. Couples can also order a pampering double breakfast / brunch can be ordered in front of a breathtaking desert view (extra charge). Hours of operation vary according to the seasons.

For details and reservations - Nof Tzukim- 08-6584748



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