Caesarea is a magnificent site, a national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. Caesarea is originally an ancient Herodian port[…]
Places in the Coastal Plain
Ramat Hanadiv is a unique site located just south of Zichron Yaakov on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel. Ramat Hanadiv is the memorial for the Baron Edmond de Rothschild whose influence was of great importance in establishing communities in the Land of Israel in the early twentieth century. The centerpiece of Ramat Hanadiv, and the fact for which it is most famous, are the beautifully maintained formal gardens which have incredible views and many peaceful and tranquil corners. Ramat Hanadiv also has a visitors center which tells the story of Ramat Hanadiv, and the eco credentials of the building itself which was the first ever certified green building in Israel.
Mount Carmel towers over 15 miles of Israel’s Mediterranean Coastline between Hadera and Haifa. Mount Carmel has always been a symbol of beauty, and whilst it is not especially high, with a peak of just 550m above sea level, the change in scenery from the flat Coastal Plain makes it a striking landform. Ranging views across the flat coastal plain and onto the Mediterranean to the West, and the Alona and later Jezreel Valleys in the Galilee to the East are breathtaking.
The Ein Hod Artists Colony lies in the heart of the Carmel Forest, just south of the city of Haifa – a wonderful village with windy streets, phenomenal vistas, and loads of little art galleries, mostly within the homes of residents. A visit to Ein Hod involves walking through quaint streets lined with galleries and the homes of artisans, taking in spectacular views, and maybe even a workshop. What makes Ein Hod special is the involvement of the artists – after all, how often can you chat to an artist in their own home about the piece of work they have just created.
Zichron Yaakov is one of the first ‘modern’ settlements in Israel. Located upon Mount Carmel, with magnificent views across the Coastal Plain to the Mediterranean, the town was founded in 1882 by 100 Jewish pioneers, returning to their Biblical homeland from Romania. Today, the town is a big tourist center – its quaint main shopping street is lined with cafes which sit alongside historic buildings, whilst the town is also famous for the Carmel Winery, one of Israel’s top vineyards which is located here.
The Alexander River, in the Emek Hefer Region of Israel’s Mediterranean Coastal Plain is a beautifully restored river which runs the width of Israel to its estuary near the moshav of Beit Yannai. Along its course, a number of beautiful parks have been developed, including on where you can see the amazing softshell turtles which make the river their home, as well as hiking and biking routes, and of course, the beach where the river meets the sea.
The Pavo Brewery in Zichron Yaakov is one of Israel’s leading micro-breweries. Founded in 2010, Pavo was one of a number of new micro-breweries to open in Israel in what has been a surge of openings over the past few years. Set on the outskirts of the quaint town of Zichron Yaakov, in a beautiful location on the edge of Mount Carmel, Pavo opens its doors to visitors who are welcomed to tour the brewery and taste the beers, and of course, enjoy them in its beer garden, bar, or restaurant!
The town of Abu Gosh, just outside Jerusalem in the Jerusalem Hills is the unrivaled hummus capital of Israel, and some would say, the world. An Arab-Israeli village, Abu Gosh is famed across Israel for its fifteen amazing hummus restaurants, with Israelis traveling from far and wide to eat. As well as its food, Abu Gosh is famous for the Abu Gosh Music Festival, a vocal music festival which takes place twice a year and attracts some impressive performers.
The city of Bat-Yam is located on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast, just minutes south of the city of Tel Aviv. Often overshadowed by its northern resort rivals Herzliya and Netanya, and the city of Tel Aviv itself, Bat-Yam is a city that is changing – with massive investment bringing tourists to stay in Bat-Yam instead of in Tel Aviv or elsewhere. The city has great promenades and beaches, but things to do in Bat-Yam extend beyond the beach – to the museums, galleries, and many other exciting activities that are on offer.