- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Water Sports
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
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.
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