Karmiel, whose name means God’s vineyards, is a city located in northern Israel. It was founded in 1964 as a settlement town in the Beit Hakerem Valley that crosses the Galilee, dividing it into upper and lower Galilee. The city is 32 km from Safed, 35 km from Tiberias, 45 km from Haifa, and 22 km from Akko, with a total area of 24 square km. Karmiel is located 250 meters above sea level, and it owns fantastic and breathtaking landscapes. The weather of Karmiel is tempered and dry, with humidity that changes from 55% between April and October and 65-70% between November and March. In September 1964, the first pioneers settled in Karmiel. Nowadays, the city is inhabited by more than 50 thousand people, planning to host about 120 thousand residents.
The town of Karmiel expanded with the time, starting from the founders’ neighbourhood that was built between 1964 and 1978, followed by the southern district developed from 1970 to 1978, the western area from 1992 to 1995, the Sagi neighbourhood from 1990 to 1993, Givat Ram from 1991 to 1998, the neighbourhood of Ramat Rabin was established in 1996, the districts of B’ne Beitcha, Giv’at Makush and the Irises were created 1984 and 1998. The newest neighbourhood of Rehav’ham neighbourhood is located on Mount Karmi. The city of Karmiel is modern and unique, with many activities and high-level services. The residential area is separated from the industrial area, and each neighbourhood manages a separate system of services such as educational institutes, kindergartens, nurseries, schools and synagogues. This system guarantees the life quietness of its residents in every area of Karmiel. The buildings of this charming town are modern and distinctive from each other. The city has an area of about 1.7 square km, of which the most part consists of high-level gardening, including about 70 parks. In Karmiel, there are many gardens, tree boulevards, playgrounds and sports facilities. The town also has ample parking lots, wide roads and a good illumination system.
Nowadays, Karmiel counts about 50 thousand citizens, who live in almost 15 thousand households. The population of Karmiel is young, with an average age of 39. Since the 1990s, 20,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union emigrated to Karmiel. At the same time, an equivalent number of residents from other parts of Israel moved to reside in Karmiel to improve the life quality. Among the Karmiel residents, about 60% are veteran Israelis, and 40% are immigrants from 75 different countries worldwide. It is not difficult to reach the city of Karmiel that lies on the main road between Akko and Tzfat. This charming town in the heart of the Beit Kerem Valley is one of Israel’s few “planned cities”. Karmiel is a beautiful, modern and unique city that also flourishes because of the continuous municipal activity that keeps the city clean.
Moreover, the standard of living is higher than in other Israeli cities. Karmiel has been conferred numerous national prizes because of the quality of life, road safety, excellent management, and efficient immigrant absorption. Since 1997, Karmiel a five stars award in a competition intended to create a better and more beautiful Israel that occurs annually under the Minister of Interior Prize for Financial Management management. Hence, it is sure that Karmiel offers its residents a truly exceptional quality of life and its visitors a unique and unforgettable trip.