Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently in Israel, the Land of Creation, for three days as part of an effort to boost ties with the nation. And while Modi does his part to build positive relations with Israel, we’d like to take this opportunity to shine some light on the beaches of Israel. The nation is blessed with three seas: the Red, Dead and the Mediterranean. And while the spring months of April and May and autumn months of September and October are ideally the best times to experience Israel’s beaches, this the perfect time to look at 5 of the best beaches in Israel. ALSO READ: 45 fabulous beaches in India that every beach lover must visit!
Palmachim Beach, Tel Aviv
Beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the beach in Palmachim. Israel
Israel’s second-largest city and technological capital, Tel Aviv, has plenty of beaches worth exploring, but we are focusing on the relatively lesser known Palmachim beach. Considered one of the most scenic and laid-back beaches in the country, Palmachim offers an amazing view of the city, with low-hanging cliffs at its southern end. The beach does not attract large crowds, making it even more perfect for those who prefer secluded destinations or want to explore the photographic possibilities of the beach without people getting in the frame. There aren’t much facilities here though, apart from some lifeguards and a few water activities like paddling.
Aqueduct Beach, Caesarea
Remains of the ancient Roman aqueduct in ancient city Caesarea at sunset. Israel
The Aqueduct beach, also called Caesarea beach, is where you should go if you are into history. The beach is named so because of the 2,000-year-old aqueduct structure that was ordered to be built by the legendary King Herod in the 1st century BC. Three centuries later, the aqueduct was expanded to bring water from the Shummi springs at the base of Mount Carmel to the old Caesarea city. Today, the ancient Roman ruins still stand tall amidst the white sands of the beach, dominating the landscape. There aren’t much restaurants here, nor is there the nightlife seen in many other Israeli beaches.
Sironit Beach, Netanya
Sironit Beach in Netanya on the coast of Israel
In the northern coastline of Israel, the city of Netanya has one of the longest stretches of beaches in the country. Netanya, in fact, has eight beaches one after another, running across the length of its coastline. And if you prefer a beach with plenty of activities, head to the Sironit beach. You can ride the breakwaters, swim in the sea, take the elevator down and up the clifftop facing the sea or take part in the volleyball competitions and other activities, including matkot competitions and salsa dancing. And Herzl Beach beside Sironit offers similar activities too. While the other two entries focused on a relaxed beach experience, this is about taking part in the activities.
Achziv Beach, Achziv
Bay of the Mediterranean Sea from Achziv
The Achziv Beach National Park is most frequented in the summer and is a nice small strip of beach on the northern coastline of the country. The place lies just around 5 km north of the town of Nahariya, on the road that leads to Rosh Hanikra, located on the Israel-Lebanon border. Here, you can find ruins of ancient Achziv and two lagoons that run with the ocean. While it lacks the happening crowd of Tel Aviv, it does offer a romantic atmosphere with the lagoons and coves to explore. And if you are lucky, you might just be able to see turtles hatching at the beach. The beach is also famous for the small sea animals you can find between the rocks, like urchins, sea anemones and octopuses. Also do check out the free-t0-visit Betzet Beach, Banana Beach and Achziv National Park.
Banana Beach, Tel Aviv
Palm trees on the Banana beach in Tel Aviv
And if you want an Mediterranean beach holiday, head to the Banana beach at the southern edge of Tel Aviv’s coastline. You can find young people coming to this beach when the sun sets, sitting around and singing and dancing to drum beats on the cliffs overlooking the beach. The place is most active during Friday evenings, and the rest of the week it is a relatively relaxed and tranquil beach where people play Matkot and soak in the sun. Visit the nearby Banana Beach cafe or watch the sports events. Entrance to the beach is free, but you can rent sand chairs, surf boards or wind surfers if needed. NOW READ: 5 beaches in Goa that foreigners love!
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