Netanya, otherwise referred to as the Israeli Riviera proudly stands at the foot of a high cliff and has seen some significant changes over the years. There has been substantial investment made to the infrastructure of the city that has now made it a much sought after destination for both residents and holiday makers alike. It is a central coastal city 17 km north of Tel Aviv.
The large scale influx of French Jews in recent years means you often hear French being spoken as much as Hebrew.
As a quieter more affordable alternative to Tel Aviv, its attraction to an older crowd as well as families is apparent, hence the laid back more relaxed feel one gets from this lovely city.
The stunning coastline now offers a beautifully constructed promenade, which has been undergoing a lot of major renovation over the last couple of years and almost stretches the expanse of the 12km seafront, perfect for walkers and beach lovers.
The unique and charming factor about the beaches here is that they are reached by stairways and even a beach lift from the upper part of the city from the promenade area down to the sea. The large sandy beach expanses for the most part shelve gently and are great for snorkelers and families but of course you will always see signs for suitable swimming zones.
Netanya is twinned with many cities around the world including Bournmouth in the UK, The Gold Coast Australia and Nice in France.
Netanya city offers a bustling town centre area, several nature reserves and a good array of bars and restaurants. The city has seen a growth in hotels in recent years and I really would suggest a short stay here if you have time, you'll love it. In fact some of my best sunset photos were taken here. Even though many travel guide books and visit sites completely overlook it, shame!
Enjoy this journey around Netanya and experience the colours and vibrancy of this exciting city. Definitely worth adding to your list of 'Must Do' places to discover. You'll love the beaches, the sea front cafe culture and the large open shopping streets. For further information visit GO NETANYA The Netanya Association For Tourism Or why not download their special APP for an audio tour of the city and sights
Sitting serenely overlooking the Mediterranean Sea stands the majestic Victory monument, large white wings like an angel. This impressive monument Commemorates the victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany. Standing at the site of the fallen IDF soldier, the memorial comprises of two elements which symbolises the transition from darkness to light reflecting the Russian military victory to stop the Holocaust of the Jewish people, followed by the establishment of the Jewish state in Israel. It is a moving experience and best admired at Sunset as the shades of the sun cast their shadows over the large wings. Inaugurated in 2012 by Vladimir Putin and the late Shimon Peres.
This artistic fountain displays a huge metal ball which includes a hidden water screen, and lights from various corners synchronized in time with music. The colours are beautiful and it is a real feature of Atzmaut Square. The kids will love it and the photo opportunities are great! Visit the Municipality of Netanya Official Website
located in the southern part of the city is this unusual and unique ponded area which becomes a key feature during the winter time. During the winter time the pond fills with rain to create nature lake and then the amount of rainfall will determine the fate and duration of the pond for the months ahead. A number of Eucalyptus trees were planted around the pond during the 19th century to make a picturesque oasis and during certain times of the year these attract a number of birds including herons. it is a real feature of the city and a place of relaxation and subject of painters and photographers.
Because much of the city is built on sandstone and as much as 50 meters above sea level, the seafront promenade offers a wonderful opportunity to walk (or run) and enjoy captivating views of the city and the coastline. Indeed this is one of the longest in Israel and has had much funding to ensure the landscaping is a joy for both residents and visitors alike. There are eight key parts to the promenade stretching north to south. All have unique features of their own.
It is just a minute from the point of entering the elevator to the beach level, but nonetheless, it is a lovely first time experience to take this beach lift and enjoy the views as you descend from city level to the beach. It is a well designed construction and offers a lovely bridged approach to the elevator itself, before entering a foyer style area which serves as both shelter and observatory. For people with limited mobility it is the perfect solution for easy beach access from the promenade.
The Seasons on the sea is a suites boutique hotel in the center of Netanya city, a few steps from the promenade, near the friendly family-"Seasons Tamnun Beach". The "Seasons" Hotel is an exceptional tourist pearl, within a short walking distance from the city main square (5 minutes), and 25 minutes from Tel–Aviv city. It offers different kinds of suites with large balcony overlooking the magnificent Mediterranean coast view. The hotel boasts a half Olympic-size pool, spa services with free access to fitness center and wealth of facilities at hand for the guests to enjoy. Treat yourself to a luxury stay and be in the heart of the city. Visit the Official Website
Located on Sironit Beach and by that I mean literally on the beach, is the popular bar / restaurant CaféCafé. A chain that features throughout Israel and does offer great food and I also find good service. This one is no exception, I've frequented this establishment several times and have always eaten well. The service is efficient, the prices are reasonable and the selection of food is extensive. You also really get good portions. There is an outside terrace area leading to the beach and ample space inside too. The tables are nice and large, it is spacious and clean. The food is mix of Mediterranean - Israeli though I did enjoy a great plate of Fish and chips the last time I was there. Watch out fo the cheesecake too, its deadly! Visit Site