A Hidden Gem From The North: 10 Best Things To Do In Netanya, Israel

Things to do in Netanya
Rofiq
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Netanya which literally means “the God’s gift” might not be as large and crowded as Tel Aviv. Still, its dramatic beach spanning from the north to south can’t be left out from your must-visit Israeli destination list. The city of Jewish immigrants, named to honor Nathan Straus, also features a wide number of war memorials, chic galleries, and worthy museums.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Netanya, Israel to consider:

1. Have fun at Poleg Beach

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What makes Poleg Beach so preeminent is the vibe of the golden sun tailored with the blue Mediterranean sea. Although it was once closed and abandoned for many decades, Netanya’s southernmost coast is now dotted with plenty of facilities such as gourmet restaurants, shade, restrooms, and a buffet. You can ride a jet ski, fly kites, or go surfing.

Poleg Beach

Website: Poleg Beach

2. Watch the sparkling fountain at Independence Square

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Netanya Square can be explored 24 hours a day. By day, you will be impressed by the flat spurt of water, ideal for cooling off and children’s fun play time. In the evening, the fountain turns into an enticing attraction filled with colorful lights when the dark comes. This spot is surely considered as a sweet backdrop for your selfies.

Independence Square

Address: Netanya, Israel

Opening Hours: 24 hours

3. Get lost in Alexander Stream Hof Bet Yanai National Park

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If you want to liberate yourself from the city fatigue, there is no harm escaping to Alexander Stream. The clear turquoise river is loaded with freshwater fish, there are meadows overgrown by a number of colorful flowers, and an ancient stone structure is naturally displayed. This lovely grassy place is like Netanya’s unseen paradise.

Alexander Stream Hof Bet Yanai National Park

Address: Yannay Interchange, Netanya, Israel

Contact Number: +972 98666230

Website: Alexander Stream Hof Bet Yanai National Park

4. See the mini space at Planetanya

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Do you travel with the children? Be sure to include Planetanya on your list, a worth-visiting planetarium where the kids can acquire a lot of basic information about the solar system and space. They also get an ample chance to become more imaginative through holographic displays, building things, and origami. This educational attraction is basically suitable for all ages.

Planetanya

Address: Sderot Ben Gurion 168, Netanya, Israel

Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday and Wednesday), 10 am to 4 pm (Tuesday), 10 am to 2 pm (Friday)

Website: Planetanya

5. Visit the Well House Museum

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Instead of discovering the Israeli nature, spending a couple of hours at Well House Museum or Beit Habe'er is something excellent to do. The old building which is the Pardes Hagdud Farm’s remnant, features a restored water pump and candid photographs, Aside from gallery walking, you can watch a movie about illegal Jewish immigrants fleeing from the Nazi regime.

Well House Museum

Address: end of Weizmann St., corner of Sokolov, Netanya, Israel

Opening Hours: 8 am to 2 pm

Website: Well House Museum

6. Go shopping at Ir Yamim Mall

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The shopping addicts should not miss quenching their craving for high-fashioned accessories and outfits while discovering Netanya. This large and pleasant shopping center is divided into three levels. This busy place is comprised of several sections such as a footwear and clothing area, supermarket, and varied eateries where you can grab some Israeli lunch.

Ir Yamim Mall

Address: Beni Berman St 2, Netanya, Israel

Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 10 pm

Website: Ir Yamim Mall

7. Commemorate the red army's triumph at Victory Monument

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To see Israeli’s history, you can make a stop at the Victory Monument. The two winged effigy painted in pure white is an important memorial marking the triumph of the Red Army that successfully defeated the Nazi Germany during the harsh World War II. To get there from the city center takes a 7-minute drive.

Victory Monument

Address: Sderot Oved Ben Ami, Netanya, Israel

Opening Hours: 24 hours

8. Get a taste of the Israeli dishes in Rosemarine

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For those seeking kosher foods in Netanya as well as fish lovers, the Rosemarine in the hub of the city is the right spot. With the amazing service from the staff, you can order the local fish specialty along with fresh bread and a plateful of salads. Although it doesn’t look fancy, the sunset view over the blue ocean can’t be disregarded – to add to the warm ambiance, sip a glass of wine.

Rosemarine

Address: 8 Nitza Blvd, Netanya, Israel

Opening Hours: 12 to 11 pm

9. Dip in the sulfur pool of Hamei Ga'ash

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If you think your weary body needs some pampering treatments, you can benefit from the spa services at Hamei Ga'ash. Try the relaxing massage or soak in the mineral pool to refresh your stiff muscles and boost your mood. This place is highly recommended as it’s more reasonably priced than other spas in Netanya – bring your own towel and robe or you will be charged for the rental.

Hamei Ga'ash

Address: Ga'ash, 60951, Israel

Contact Number: +972 99529404

Website: Hamei Ga'ash

10. Enjoy an Israeli-style night out at Mercury Pub

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Having a chill at Mercury Pub is such a bright idea when it comes to finding a crazy night out. The lively space is enlivened by the local youthful crowd, live shows, a vast variety of music from metal to classic rock, and most essentially the cold beverages – the Guinness and whiskeys are the best. The friendly staff and laid-back atmosphere are other good values.

Mercury Pub

Address: 14 Ha-Trufa, Netanya 4250484, Israel

Opening Hours: 9 pm to 3 am

Facebook: Mercury Pub

Enjoy your Netanya holiday with full enthusiasm!

If you want to explore the northern part of Israel, you should never miss the fascinating Israeli gem, named Netanya.

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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