The small, coastal city of Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv, provides a beautiful and relaxed environment. Highlighted by a number of green spaces, the city is a perfect retreat for nature lovers. With attractions ranging from beautiful walking trails to historic archaeological sites, Herzliya is a short step away from the bustle of Tel Aviv and a great stop for spirited travelers who are looking to find hidden charms. Read on to find out more about all that Herzliya has to offer.
1. Sharon Reserve
The top-rated sight in Herzliya, the Sharon Reserve has some great sea views, along with a beautiful trail for walking, jogging, or cycling. Enjoy the fresh breeze at the cliffs and take some pictures of an unobstructed view of the sea. Beautiful flowers bloom in the spring and the weather is a delightful mix of cool winds and a bright sun.
One of the reasons people head to Herzliya is to get away from the hustle and bustle of Tel-Aviv and the Sharon Reserve is a beautiful place to get some peace and quiet and to gather your thoughts.
Website: Sharon Reserve (in Hebrew)
2. Afeka Caves
The Afeka Caves are an archaeological site accompanied by a hiking trail. The area was a Samaritan burial ground in the fourth and fifth century. Visiting in the springtime will provide beautiful views of flowering daffodils in the northern part of the area. Year round, this is a nice place to visit with a picnic basket. Spend an hour here, walking the beautiful trails and getting some fresh air.
Website: Afeka Caves
3. Hezliya Marina
The marina is a chill place to hang out and has picturesque views of the pier with docked yachts. Here you can enjoy nice breezes and a beautiful sunset. If you go on the weekend, you can buy some cool trinkets from the vendors. The marina also offers some nice restaurants and the Arena shopping mall.
Website: Herzliya Marina
4. Museum of Contemporary Art
The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary art features upcoming Israeli artists and is a great place to visit if you’re looking to get a better feel of the local art scene.In addition to rotating exhibitions, the museum also has a sculpture garden. On Saturdays, you can take advantage of a free guided tour when you buy the admission ticket. For a greater experience, there are often events happening in the museum, so be sure to check out the website beforehand!
Museum of Contemporary Art
Website: Museum of Contemporary Art
5. Beit Rishonim
A historical landmark, the Beit Rishonim (Founder’s House), is located next to the city hall. There is a small park and the museum houses archives from the lives of early Jewish settlers. This is a great place to visit if you’re interested to know about the history of Herzliya. The quiet environment means you can also get a good dose of relaxation.
Website: Beit Rishonim
6. Apollonia National Park
Looking out at the Mediterranean sea, Apollonia Park is perfect for an evening stroll or for an adventure through the castle ruins. Built in an English fashion, the Crusader fortress was destroyed in 1265 CE, when the Egyptian Sultan attacked. Since Apollonia was a city at the time of the Crusaders, remains of the city moat and eastern wall still stand in the area.
Another archaeological wonder is a Roman villa from the 1st century CE, which was damaged by an earthquake in 118 CE. Around the park, there are many glass furnaces which were used during the Byzantine empire. In addition to visiting these remaining symbols of the old city, be sure to notice the demarcated outline of the city of Apollonia, when you pay a visit.
Apollonia National Park
Website: Apollonia National Park
7. Sidna Ali Mosque
Near Apollonia National Park, Sidna Ali Park houses a 15th-century mosque, named after a soldier from Saladin’s army, who fought against the Crusaders in 1250 and was killed on the hill where the mosque now stands. The mosque is the only remaining fragment from the old Muslim village of Al-Haram. Along with housing his tomb, the mosque is currently in use for prayers and as a religious school.
Sidna Ali Mosque
Website: Sidna Ali Mosque
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If you’re visiting Herzliya with a group of family and/or friends and want to spend some time together having fun, head to Challenge for some team-building games. They have three escape rooms: Pirates, Apartment 68 and Top Secret. Depending on the size of your group, you can choose between the three rooms and spend between 60 to 80 minutes completing your mission. Challenge is perfect if you’re looking for an entertaining evening and a change of scenery.
9. Shefayim Water Park
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If you’re looking for more fun and games, consider heading to Shefayim Water Park, which is a perfect summer escape.The park has water slides, a wave pool, tubing rides and even a Jacuzzi for the adults, which means there’s an attraction for everyone. There are often also rave parties or concerts at the venue.
The park is only open from May to October and has an entry fee of 119 NIS (around 34 USD). Make sure to check online if the park if open on the day you plan on visiting, since it might be closed for a private event.
Website: Shefayim Park
10. Herzliya Park
Go for a walk, run, bike, picnic or grab a coffee. A beautiful green space located in central Herzliya, this park has great lawns, a lake and a winter pond. There is also a natural amphitheater, where many open concerts are held during the summer. If you’re into sports and want to keep fit while on vacation, Herzliya Park has dedicated paths for walking, running, biking and mountain biking.
There is also a play area for young children, a small petting zoo and a barbecue area, which makes it a perfect place for families and groups.
Website: Herzliya Park
If you’re done taking in the wonders of Herzliya and are still craving a little more adventure, consider taking a one-day tour to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a holy site for the three major monotheistic religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism. See the Wailing Wall, the Old-City, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and catch some beautiful views from the Mount of Olives.
For greater insight into the city and it’s history, book a full day tour with Get Your Guide. For 75 USD, the tour provides transport, a guide and covers the entry of the major attractions, such as King David’s Tomb, the Hall of the Last Supper and the Capella (the site of the tomb of Christ).
Jerusalem Day Tour
Price: from 75 USD
At a short distance from Herzliya, head out to the Dead Sea and spend the day with a guided tour. The Dead Sea is actually a landlocked lake which sits at the lowest point on earth (at 1400 feet below sea level). Spend your day floating in the mineral-rich waters, which are famed for their healing properties and relax with a spa treatment at a nearby resort.
Many resorts use black mud from the Dead Sea because of it’s cosmetic and therapeutic benefits. Get an early start on your day with the Get Your Guide tour, and spend a relaxing and therapeutic day at the Dead Sea. The full day tour costs only 89 USD per person.
One Day Dead Sea Tour from Netanya/Herzliya/Tel Aviv
Duration: 10 hour
A calmer you awaits
Are you ready to spend some time relaxing, surrounded by nature? A trip to Herzliya, with a mix of history, nature and good family fun will prove rejuvenating. Head away from the hustle and bustle of the main cities and spend some time collecting your thoughts while looking out at beautiful sea views.
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