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Coast Line National Parks

The Northern Coast Line has some simply incredible National Parks just waiting to be explored. Just to give you an idea of what's on offer; Peki'in is an intriguing little village that is predominantly Druze today but has one Jewish elderly lady who gives tours and looks after the ancient Synagogue in the village; the Caesarea National Park gives an incredible glimpse into Roman life in the city; the Old City of Acre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the history-rich city has plenty for visitors to see; lastly the Achziv National Park is home to lagoons, natural seawater pools and incredible archaeological remnants of an ancient settlement.


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The Old City of Acre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see and do in this once-strategically-important port. Countless nations and religious movements tried to conquer Acre over the centuries until it became a part of Israel when the State was established in 1948.
Some suggestions for places worth visiting in the Old City of Acre;
•    Old Acre Visitor's Center and the Enchanted Garden
The Visitor's Center, situated near the entrance of the Old City in the Enchanted Garden, will provide you with plenty of information on the places of interest in Acre.
•    The Citadel and the Knights' Hall
In 1229 Acre was under the rule of the Hospitaller Knights who built a fortress here. During the time of the British Mandate the fortress was used as a prison and many Jewish resistance fighters were imprisoned here.  It is now a museum and a memorial to the resistance fighters who were hung here. Under the Citadel nine long halls were discovered which are known as the Knights' Hall. The halls were once part of the Hospitallers' Fortress. There is a very interesting and highly recommended guided tour.
•    Okashi Art Museum
Recommended for art-lovers, the Okashi Art Museum houses the works of Avshalom Okashi who died in Acre in 1980, as well as a temporary exhibition of Israeli art.
•    Hammam El Basha (Turkish Bath of the Pasha)
A public bathhouse built by the governor of Acre in 1795, today serves as a museum with a light-and-sound presentation that tells the story of daily life and events in Acre throughout the generations. The film was recorded in Hebrew but can be heard translated in to English.
•    The Templar's Tunnel
In 1994, this tunnel was discovered when plumbing work was done in the area. It was excavated and opened to the public. The tunnel led from the fortress built by the Templars at the end of the twelfth century to the city port.
•    Markets
The Turkish Bazaar is the place to buy souvenirs and local arts and crafts. The main market runs along the center of the city and fresh produce can be bought here. Make sure to taste the Hummus that Acre is famous for at El Sa'id in the middle of the market.
•    Acre Port and Fishing Harbor
Following on from the main road is the fishing harbor. From there one can along the sea wall promenade until reaching the lighthouse.

 




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Caesarea, located on the central Mediterranean coast of Israel, is the ancient Roman capital of Israel. Caesarea's story begins in the third century BCE during the time of the Hellenists as a small harbor-city called Straton's Tower. The population was mostly Jewish until it was conquered by the Romans in 63 BCE.
From 22 BCE King Herod transformed the city, building a sophisticated harbor, warehouses, markets, streets, bathhouses, temples and splendid public buildings, and renaming it Caesarea in honor of the Roman Emperor. Every five years gladiatorial games were held in the city in the theater and hippodrome.
Caesarea flourished until the eleventh-century Crusader conquest and at a later date the city and its monuments were buried by sand storms.
When touring ancient Caesarea, be sure to visit the following sites;
•    The theater built by King Herod
•    The hippodrome- an arena built by King Herod for sports games
•    The palace whose original owners are unknown until this day. Some believe it was owned by King Herod whereas others believe that the paranoid king wouldn’t have built a palace so close to arenas that attracted thousands of visitors.
•    The aqueduct, most probably built before the time of King Herod that had led a constant flow of water to the town from various sources.
•    The temples built by King Herod in honor of Augustus (the Roman Emperor) and of the Goddess of the City of Rome.
•    The various warehouses, markets, great streets, bathhouses and public buildings.
•    The harbor that is filled with sea life including protected animals such as sea turtles and unique sea shells that are of ecological and natural preserved value to this shore.
•    The galleries, restaurants, bathing beach and diving center that are modern yet unique in their own value.
Where: Caesarea National Park is located off the Tel aviv- Haifa highway near Kibbutz Sdot Yam, west of the town Or Akiva.
Hours: Apr-Sep 8:00-18:00, Oct-Mar 8:00-16:00
Tel: 04-626-7080
 




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Between Rosh Hanikra and Nahariya in the Western Galilee is Achziv. Achziv is mentioned in the Bible as being one of the cities of the tribe of Asher and it served as an ancient port around which a settlement grew. Achziv today is a national park in which there are lagoons and natural seawater pools. The park combines a rocky coastline, complete with bays, lagoons and natural and artificial seawater pools with archaeological remnants of an ancient settlement. Beneath the clear water one can catch glimpses of water lilies, sea urchins and small octopuses. In the summer time a unique way to spend the night is by sleeping under the sky in this national park.




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Peki'in is a town in the Upper Galilee that today is predominantly Druze but is a popular tourist spot due to the restored ancient Synagogue that houses an ancient Torah scroll and stone carvings. Legend has it that Jews escaping from the devastation caused by the Romans when the Second Temple was destroyed transported the stone pieces to Peki'in for safekeeping. Additionally, the cave where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and his son hid from the Romans for thirteen years is also found in Peki'in. It was during this time that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai wrote the Jewish mystical book, the Zohar. The caretaker of the Synagogue, Margalit Zenati, the only remaining Jew in Peki'in's family- line in Peki'in reaches back an astounding 2,000 years. She presents a show in her one-room family show on her life in the village. Call 050-771-3357 for information on show times, tickets and other information



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The Ein Afek Nature Reserve is the last remnant of the Na'aman Stream wetlands. It contains a gorgeous pastoral route which passes by water pools, bank flora and wooden bridges. The surrounding landscape includes a swamp, springs, a flowing stream and a meadow. There is a Visitor's Center on site in a picturesque structure of a gristmill and inside one can watch a film about the reserve. There is also an impressive structure from the Crusaders period which stands untouched in the center of the reserve. There is a spectacular view of the reserve and the surrounding valley to be enjoyed from the roof of the gristmill. The Ein Afek Nature Reserve is a romantic location as well as an excellent place to visit as a family.




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Yehiam Fortress is located on Kibbutz Yehiam, a Kibbutz that was founded in 1946 by pioneers who first lived in the fortress ruins. The pioneers were besieged behind the huge walls of the fortress in the War of Independence and visitors to the site can see their restored defensive positions. It is unknown when the Yehiam Fortress was built but was a part of the Ma'iliyah estate which was later sold to the Crusader Teutonic knights who also purchased the nearby Montfort Fortress. The fortress was conquered and destroyed by the Mamluk Sultan Baibers in 1265. Most of the remains date back to the time of the Bedouin Sheikh Daher al-Omar who ruled the Galilee region in the 1760s. He built new walls and towers and surrounded the fortress with a moat. There are incredible views of the Western Galilee to be enjoyed from the top of the fortress. There are art festivals held here, including the Renaissance Festival in Sukkot. How to get there: Kibbutz Yehiam is located 20 minutes east of Nahariya. Turn off the Nahariya-Tzfat road (no. 89) at Ga'aton Junction and take road 8833.



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The Montfort Fortress is a stunning Crusader-period fortress in Israel. It is by no means the most complete or the largest in Israel but it offers incredible views of the beautiful gorge of the Kziv Stream and the densely forested mountain slopes. The Montfort Fortress is a national park within the national reserve of the Kziv Stream. The fortress was built in the twelfth century with the aim of protecting the agricultural lots of the knights in nearby Mi'ilya. In 1228 the Fortress was sold by the Crusaders to the German Teutonic Knights who changed its name from the French Montfort (meaning "strong mountain") to the German Starkenberg which has the same meaning. In 1271 Montfort was conquered and destroyed by the Mamluk leader, Baibars. Today section of the fortress remains and one is required to use one's imagination in order to complete the picture. Sections of walls, a fortified tower, vast cellars, rooms and a wine press provide visitors with a hint of what once was. It is possible to reach the fortress on foot from the parking lot near the town of Mitzpe Hila or from the trail that leads one from Goren Park to the Kziv Stream and climbs up to the fortress.



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The Yehiam Stream Nature Reserve is located along the Yehiam Stream and includes the Yehiam National Park. The stream begins near the Galilean town of Ma'alot-Tarshiha and runs along the bottom of a winding, rocky canyon. The banks of the stream are covered with dense vegetation, including oak trees, pine trees and others. There are walkways along the stream. It should be noted that during the summer the stream is dried up. How to get there: Route 89 (Nahariya-Tzfat)



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Nahal Ga'aton (Ga'aton River) flows for 19 kilometers from the Upper Galilean Moshav Meona until the Mediterranean Coast next to Nahariya. In fact, Nahariya received its name due to its location next to the Ga'aton River (Nahar means River in Hebrew). Once upon a time a lot of water flowed through the stream. Today most of the water is used by the Israeli National Water Company, Mekorot, for the benefit of nearby towns.



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Adamit Park is situated on the Adamit region, which is part of the Rosh Hanikra Ridge. The high location of the park (400 meters above sea level) ensures pleasant breezes as well as gorgeous views of the Western Galilee and Haifa Bay. The area is very rocky and there are many caves- the result of a very long rock-melting phenomenon. One such cave is the Keshet Cave which consists of an arch (Keshet in Hebrew) that seems to be the only remnant from the ceiling of the cave which has collapsed long ago. Keshet Cave has a stunning observation point overlooking the surrounding landscape. There are marked trails in the area (the terraces trail and the scented flowerbeds trail) that lead visitors among planted orchards, landscape observation points and lovely picnic spots. The Park is well-marked and one can enter through road 8993.



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The Cabri Parking Lot is a parking lot under the jurisdiction of the Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael. It is a lovely spot to park and take a break, with picnic tables and a nearby historical hotspot and is located close to the Cabri Junction on route 85 (Acre-Tzfat road). The tables are also suitable for wheelchair users.



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Bezet Beach is the northern-most beach in Israel and stretches between Achziv and Rosh Hanikra. The beach is thought to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Israel. The sand on the beach is thanks to the Bezet Stream which meets the sea at this point. The beach is a free, public beach and includes elementary services such as a lifeguard, shady pergolas, a small cafeteria and bathrooms. The beach has a wild, unspoiled feel to it and is almost never crowded. The beach offers views towards the cliff of Rosh Hanikra in the north and Achziv in the south. For a relaxed day on an unspoilt beach, visit Bezet Beach. Where: South of Rosh Hanikra

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