Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Caesarea founded as a small Phoenician port city, eventually conquered by Alexander Jannaeus to be made part of the Hasmonean kingdom today it is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions and an increasingly popular place for Israel’s elite to make their homes. Aqueduct of Caesarea Virtual Tour Panorama >>
Caesarea offers an amazing visit to the national park and ancient port, a tour of the hippodrome and Roman amphitheater, a walk among the impressive palace ruins, walk the paths of the national park to see the sites and vistas, walk across from the artists yard, dine in one of the restaurants that offer a diversity of menus, join divers who dive to the historic underwater park and even stretch out on the golden sands that reach the port’s shores.
The Roman Theater of Caesarea in Israel is a well-preserved and fully restored theater built by Herod. Today, the amphitheater is not only a spectacular relic of the past, but a modern performing venue where concerts are frequently held. Inside the gate of the theater is a plaque with a replica (the original is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem) of the inscription found during excavations in 1959-63.
During 2006 Israel had launched the world’s first underwater museum at Caesarea, Divers can now tour the sign-posted remains of the magnificent harbor built by King Herod to honor his Roman patron, Caesar Augustus. The site has been excavated over the last three decades.
If you want to stay in city the Dan Caesarea offers guests the luxurious ambiance of a country estate hotel. Set in fifteen acres of landscaped gardens, flanked by orange groves, banana plantations and an 18-hole golf course, it provides a gorgeous retreat for a fabulous vacation and is a much sought after venue for special events.
Netanya, capital of the “Sharon” district, is located close to the seashores of the Mediteranean Sea, between “Poleg” stream and Wingate Institute in the south and the “Avichail” stream in the north. Natanya’s proximity to the sea (14 kilometers of one the most beautiful shores in the world) and its pleasant climate have made the city a most desirable tourist attraction and resort area.
Netanya, the largest city on the crossroads between Tel-Aviv and Haifa forms a connecting link between the northern and central parts of the country. Due to its central location near the Tel-Aviv - Haifa railroad tracks, 30 kilometers north of Tel-Aviv and 50 kilometers south of Haifa), Netanya has become a center for tourists as well as for shopping and industrial development. Three features have contributed to the development of Netanya as a city of tourism and leisure: beautifully maintained sea shores offering a variety of high standard services and the new beach elevator, a wide selection of hotels, (The King Solomon Hotel is a fine example) restaurants, bars and places of entertainment appealing to the national as well as the international tourist, and the central geographic location allowing easy access to tourist sites all over the country. Nearby services provide a wide variety of activities from nature walks for the whole family to sports such as paragliding, miniature plane flying, jeep tours, horseback riding and sail boating.
Official sea Beaches
There are 8 official lifeguard stations along the sea shore from Goldmintz beach in the south to Blue Bay Beach in the north. All stations have modern facilities with showers, sheds, first aid services and rented deck-chairs. Open from May until October. The central beach Sironit is open all year around. Free entrance.
Poleg Nature Reserve
South to Netanya is where Kids love to roll down and play on the sand dunes at the Nachal Poleg Nature Reserve. The reserve offers an interesting hike along the Poleg River, upstream to the point it meets the sea. The riverbanks are lined with eucalyptus trees, planted almost a century ago to help drain the swamps. In winter and early spring, the wildflowers along the route have made the Poleg Reserve a favorite destination for botanist where you’ll find a large concentration of Purple Iris blooming in February and March.
Netanya Is located Just 30 minutes drive from Tel Aviv, 40 minutes drive from Haifa and and hour and a half from Jerusalem.
Herzliya To the north of Tel Aviv is the modern resort city of Herzliya, which was named after one of the founders of the Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl. The city boasts some of the finest beaches in Israel and this, combined with the proximity to Tel Aviv, has made it popular with the country’s elite. The area near the beach, Herzliya Pituach, is home to many diplomats and wealthy Israelis.
Herzliya boasts two fine museums, the Founders’ House, which depicts the everyday life of the town’s first settlers, and the Herzliya Museum of Israeli Art & Sculpture Garden, which exhibits the work of contemporary Israeli artists.
Located in the heart of the country, Herzliya is one of the business and leisure centers of Israel. A 10 minute journey north of Tel Aviv along the Ayalon Highway or the number 2 road, Herzliya is connected by road and rail to all Israel’s major cities. The city’s liberal atmosphere and green environment attract visitors to Herzliya’s shopping malls, restaurants, bars and clubs day and night and especially on the Sabbath when stores and places of entertainment remain open.
Arena Shopping Mall
The Arena shopping mall is one of the newest and biggest shopping malls in Israel. Situated on the coast next to the Herzliya marina along with a good selection of stores, cafe’s, restaurants, and bars.
The Herzliya marina
The largest marina in Israel, provides moorings for yachts of all sizes, including several berths for mega yachts up to 60 meters in length. The marina, which began operating in 1995, is a 15-minute drive north of Tel-Aviv, the country’s metropolis. The Herzliya Marina is centrally located alongside a glamorous front venue.
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