If a visit to the monastery and swimming in the pool are not enough, you can take a short drive to Ein Mabua spring or Ein Kelt.
How many times have you sat in traffic on Route 1 driving to Jerusalem or the Dead Sea? Did you know that along the way there are magical springs and streams where cool water flows all year round? Sometimes you just have to open your eyes, ignore the traffic, and discover beautiful secrets close by.
One of the main streams is the beautiful Prat, which naturally blends into the desert landscape. The stream, also known as Wadi Kelt, is created by natural spring water and flows over 28 km. from Jerusalem until it spills into the Jordan River.
Nahal Prat is the largest water source in the area. One of its main springs is Ein Mevoa, which is located right in the middle of the three springs that define the stream. The stream and the springs are the responsibility of the Nature and Parks Authority, so there is signage in place, which makes it very easy to get oriented. Most visitors to Wadi Kelt choose to take a circular route. This is ideal for families and anyone who want to avoid extra physical exertion in the scorching sun on the long route. The route starts at the Nahal Prat Nature Reserve parking lot and goes through the Ein Prat pool. From there it goes to the Chariton Monastery and returns to the enchanting Ein Tamar, which is next to the parking.
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