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Côte méditerranéenne

Côte méditerranéenne (Israel)

Practical information on Côte méditerranéenne

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Viewpoint
  • Port
  • Water Sports
  • Caves
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Essential
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
The train follows the coast from the north to the south.
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Côte méditerranéenne

Seasoned Traveller
11 written opinions

Israel has 150 kilometres of Mediterranean coast with very varied scenery: caves, plains, and seaside town promenades, as well as lots of places where you can indulge in water sports.

My suggestion:
During Sabbath, from Friday evening until Saturday evening, lots of Israelis from the big towns go to the beach so be ready to pick your way between the towels.
My review

The Mediterranean coast has two faces: I preferred the north of the country, because it is more authentic. The cliffs of western Galilee are really worth a visit. The old town of Acre is a jewel and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site: you can walk on its walls which overlook the sea, and some people even dive off them. Further down, Haïfa has kilometres of sandy beaches but I preferred climbing Mont Carmel in order to admire the coastal plain.

I didn't much like the south part of the coast which is more modern: from Tel Aviv to Ashdod there is a monotonous stream of big buildings spoiling the countryside. The only exception was when I walked along the seafront from Tel Aviv and arrived at the port of Jaffa , which is one of the oldest in the world. Originally a Muslim town, you now find art galleries, jewellers and trendy restaurants there. It's an ideal place to relax.

The coast at Tel Aviv
Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Most of Israel's population lives on the Mediterranean coast. So it's a very lively region where there are lots of things to do. 

My suggestion:
As the coast is long, it's better to make several stops or to take day trips from Tel Aviv or other seaside resorts. 
My review

Israel has some lovely Mediterranean shoreline, and not little coves, but immense sandy beaches. If you want to enjoy these beaches you have two choices: either go to a seaside resort (Natanya, Ashdod, Akhziv etc.) or try the virgin beaches (Ga’ash, Ceasarea, Shavei Zion, etc.). Personally, I tend to prefer the second option.

But the Mediterranean coast isn't just about beaches. It also has a rich heritage, including Ceasarea, the towns of St John d'Acre and Haifa, the countryside, and the villages on the hills next to the coast (Hof HaCarmel Forest, the natural park of Mount Carmel and the village of Zikhon Yaakov, etc.).

So even if it's difficult to resist the siren call of the beach, during your trip to Israel it's worth going into the hills where you will have magnificent views of the Mediterranean

Israel's Mediterranean coast