Rosh Hanikra is an incredible geological creation at the farthest point north on Israel’s Mediterranean Coastline in the Western Galilee region. The grottoes and caves at Rosh Hanikra are the results of thousands of years of the power of the sea, and after a short yet exhilarating cable car ride down the cliff face, visitors can explore these incredible formations for themselves, following trails throughout the year. Just meters from Israel’s border with Lebanon, this is an amazing point, a beautiful point, and a point that you will not regret visiting. There are also regular tours to Rosh Hanikra from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The cable car descent at Rosh Hanikra by Brian Negin, on Flickr
Within the grottoes at Rosh Hanikra is somewhat of a love story, a story of love between the sea and the mountain. The sea makes unusual noises as the jagged rocks force it in different directions, slowing and speeding it up, and pushing it onto different areas of the grotto, whilst the carved formations create unusual and eery shapes and light formations as you move about.
Cave at Rosh Hanikra by aaronbflickr via Flickr
Rosh Hanikra is itself a kibbutz, a communal agricultural settlement, of which the operation of the tourist site is one industry. As a point of interest, one of its most famous residents was Sacha Baron-Cohen, known for his role as comical character Borat, who lived here as a volunteer for a short period. The importance of Rosh Hanikra could in the future become even greater than solely its geology through a tunnel in the cliff-face in which visitors can see a promise that could of been – the creation of a rail link between Cairo-Haifa-Beirut. Yes, you are just a few meters away from Lebanon.
The grottoes at Rosh Hanikra have an audio-visual presentation, and the site has a restaurant and general tourist facilities. It is somewhere to spend a couple of hours, and embrace the unique landscape and atmosphere both due to the work of the sea, and the work of man.
Visiting Rosh Hanikra
The beautiful Western Galilee coastline looking south from Rosh Hanikra by Or Hiltch, on Flickr
Summer weekdays: 09:00-18:00
Winter weekdays: 09:00-16:00
Friday Holiday Eves: 09:00-16:00
Saturdays and Holidays: 09:00-18:00
Holiday Eves: 09:00-12:00
For those coming by car – travel north on Road 4 to the north-westernmost point of Israel, which is a 10-minute ride north of Nahariya
For those coming by train or bus – get off at the Nahariya Station, behind the train and bus stations. On Lohamei HaGettaot Street, there is a taxi stand to Rosh HaNikra and the surrounding area.
Entrance to the site is subject to entry fees and can be combined with entry to other sites in the region including Akko. Our regular tour goes to Caesarea, Haifa, Akko, and Rosh Hanikra three times every week from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. More details can be found here. There are also multi-day tour packages of Northern Israel which include Rosh Hanikra.