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The Coastal Plain is a region adjoining the Mediterranean coast, from Rosh Hanikra to the north to Ashkelon to the south. It features beautiful beaches, agricultural land, large towns and cities, seaports and more. Until the first influx of immigrants in the 19th century, the coastal plane was a sparsely settled area. It was the new immigrants who purchased land, dried out swamps and dedicated themselves to the development of the region. Today, most citizens of Israel live on the coastal plain that contains major cities and towns such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Netanya and Akko. On the coastal plain, you can find sites worth visiting, beautiful beaches, historical ports, attractions and watersport activities. Due to limited space to detail all the attractions along the coastal plain, we have chosen for you a range of interesting sites of the region:
Rosh Hanikra is in the north of Israel, and the northernmost point of the country. The site features beautiful, exciting caves that have been hewn in the cliffs above the sea by water over the years. At the site, you can find a cable car that will lower you to the caves that you can visit. This is a magic place with views that are very unique to Israel and is strongly recommended to see.
Akko (Acre) is an ancient city that is more than 4,000 years old. In the period of the Crusades, it became a major port city and served the empire as a trading hub. Because of the city’s uniqueness and history, you can find fascinating archeological locations alongside historical sites there: historical walls, the knights’ palace, the Knights Hospitaller fortress, the synagogue of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Hamam al Basha, the Bahai gardens (smaller than those in Haifa) and more. Festivals are held in the town twice a year: an alternative theater festival and a vocal festival, which attract thousands of visitors.
Haifa is one of the largest port cities in Israel. There are many diverse attractions in the city, including Bahai Gardens, Haifa Port, the cable car, the Mount Carmel Nature Reserve and more. We recommend reading the city guide on the following link for more information.
Binyamina and Zichron Ya’akov
Binyamina and Zichron Ya’akov are two beautiful towns on the slopes of the Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea. Zichron Ya’akov was founded in the late 19th century by the first immigrants. The town has many important sites that are related to the founding of the State of Israel, including: the Mivtachim convalescence home, which has recently been renovated and opened as a hotel and an artists’ home, the winepress, Aaronson House, which has become a first immigration museum, and many others. Besides these sites, you can visit the town center, Hameyasdim Street, Zichron Ya’akov’s main street, part of which has been preserved, restored and transformed into a wine trail pedestrian mall, a pedestrian mall with charm and picturesque beauty. Don’t forget to visit the Ramat Hanadiv Gardens that serve as a living monument to Baron Edmund de Rothschild, one of the key people to actively support and promote the Jewish settlement of Israel.
Caesarea National Park
Caesarea is a town on the Mediterranean Short that contains aqueducts, a palace and an ancient port from the age of Roman rule. Besides these, you may visit the Roman theater known as the Caesarea Amphitheater (which hosts many live performances). A must see is the Caesarea Experience display – a cinema experience that is a journey back in time through the town’s history. Also recommended is a visit to the hippodrome near the southern part of town where you can enjoy your choice offish restaurants overlooking the sea.
Attractions along the coastal plain’s beaches
At many sites along the coastal plain, you can find many attractions, such as a jeep trip, horse-riding along the beaches, bicycle trails between the citrus groves, organic farms offering picking by visitors, amusement and water parks, many malls and more.
Besides the pleasure of sunbathing and swimming on one of Israel’s beautiful beaches, such as Dor, Bet Yanai, Michmoret or Ga’ash Beaches, many watersports facilities are available. Surfing, windsurfing, personal water craft, boating, yacht cruises, kayak rowing and more. These are spread over the various beaches along the Coastal Plain. If you track the relevant sites, you can also see surfing contests that attract many young people to the beaches. You can read more about marine activities in the next post.
Festivals and events
Festivals and events are held along the Coastal Plain year round. The spring and summer, feature many events, food festivals, street and music festivals, art festivals and many others.