Netanya now offers a bird’s eye view of the sea just by stepping out along the new overview bridge, which is part of the sea elevator situated at the center of Harishonim Parade. You no longer have to trek down to the expansive beaches, but can go up and down in comfort – ask the eight million people who have already experienced it.
Visit the Well House (corner of Weizmann and Sokolov streets). This is the restored remains of the Pardes Hagdud Farm established in 1927, two years before the city of Netanya was founded. It was set up by former soldiers from the Jewish battalions and formed its own community with its own schools.
Not surprisingly, considering the military background of the founders,
it was an important base for the Hagana in the time leading up to the
founding of the State of Israel.
Check out the municipality’s Web site for the many special events each week through October http://www.netanya.muni.il/Eng.
Tel Mond, about 14 kilometers from Netanya, is now home to a growing
group of young Anglo-Saxon immigrants. The area also has a number of
attractions for children.
They will have fun visiting the Parrot Farm there, as well as the
Tractor Museum at Ein Vered. You can also take a two-hour tour of a bee
farm at nearby Moshav Mishmeret – but you’ll need to call in advance to
arrange the tour and state your language preference (09) 796-1260 or
King Herod’s capital and major port for ancient Israel, comes to life
both in the past and present. A visit to the national park will show you
the ancient hippodrome, the Roman theater, and the remains of Herod’s
Palace, sarcophagi and statues.
Then, if you visit the Caesarea Harbor multimedia presentations, you’ll
be able have an interactive conversation with some of Caesarea’s most
famous residents of past centuries such as Rabbi Akiva, Saladin and
Afterwards you can travel backwards in the Time Tower and, using
computerized 3D technology, see the ancient port in all its glory
superimposed on the ruins outside the window in the National Park.
There are restaurants, snack bars, art galleries and shops selling attractive gifts and souvenirs.Sdot Yam
, which is next door, houses an antiquities museum exhibiting many artifacts found underwater near Caesarea.
Marine archeology has brought up weapons and pieces from shipwrecked
boats dating as far back as Napoleon’s fleet. The museum is also home to
the Hannah Szenes House.
Szenes made aliya from her assimilated home in Hungary before World War
II, but, once the war had started, found she couldn’t sit back and enjoy
her new life in Kibbutz Sdot Yam. After training with the Palmah, she
parachuted into Yugoslavia, intent on returning to nearby Hungary in an
attempt to help the Jewish resistance and, ultimately, save her family.
She was caught by the Nazis and – after extensive torture during which
she divulged nothing – was sentenced to death by firing squad. In the
small suitcase she left behind in Sdot Yam were her poems and diary.
Her bravery and strong love of the Land of Israel, and especially the
area where she lived, have been a source of inspiration to the many
people who have read her writings. In this modest house you can see a
moving film about Szenes’s life, and afterwards take a walk along the
beach that inspired her famous poems.
A walk around the kibbutz will introduce you to the large collection of
pieces of Roman pillars and statues which decorate its lawns and parks.
There seems to be a very large number of artifacts, and not enough room
to store them.Jaffa
, Tel Aviv’s ancient twin city, is well known for its connection to the prophet Jonah.
He set sail from here, believed to be the oldest port in the world, on
his ill-fated voyage which ended with him being swallowed by a “whale.”
Until recently the port area looked like it hadn’t changed much over the
thousands of intervening years – but now it’s being cleaned up and
rebuilt as a major commercial center.
However, you can still take a short boat ride along the Tel Aviv-Jaffa
coastline, hopefully with a more normal docking than Jonah’s.
Jaffa’s Old City is a favorite for visitors, who enjoy wandering among
the museums, art galleries and small shops in the cobbled alleyways.
Afterwards you can enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants overlooking
You are quite likely to catch a glimpse of a bride and groom, with their
photographer taking memorable photos for the wedding album against the
backdrop of the sun setting over the Mediterranean.
Spanning the attractive park on the promontory is a bridge known as the
Wishing Bridge. It is decorated with signs of the zodiac and, according
to tradition, if you gaze out to sea while placing your hand on “your”
sign of the zodiac, your wish will be granted.
True or not, it does make for a great photo.
Take a free walking tour any Wednesday morning at 9:30, starting from
the four-faced clock tower at Kikar Kedumim, by the underground
There’s no need to book; just turn up on time. Inside the visitors’
center, which has just been revamped, you can see a sound and light show
about Jaffa’s long history up to the present day. This square is also
the site of many outdoor musical and dance performances during the