The Israel Mediterranean Coast is a place where the old meets the new. From the vibrant urban streets of Tel-Aviv to ruins dating more than 2000 years, a road trip to the Israel Mediterranean Coast will make you immerse yourself in the rich history of the Land of Creation.
Here’s my favourite photos of my recent trip to the Israel Mediterranean Coast plus my top 7 things to see and do there.
Are you ready for this new Mediterranean Journey of Wonders?
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #01: Relax at the beaches of Tel Aviv
Every journey to Israel will probably start in Tel-Aviv, the white city famous for its Bauhaus architecture. Make no mistake, despite its location in the Middle-East, Tel Aviv is for all intents and purposes an European city and you can enjoy all the comforts of the Western life here.
Tel-Aviv is one of the biggest examples of how teamwork and unity can bring progress since before its creation in 1900, the place was basically a desert.
Today, thanks to the hard work of the Israelis, Tel-Aviv is now one of the most prominent cultural hubs of the world and is famous for its support of LGBT rights and other forms of social activism.
Plus, who doesn’t loves some beach time?
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #02: Explore the unique charm of Old Jaffa
Right next to Tel Aviv you will encounter Old Jaffa (also spelled Yafo), one of the oldest ports in the world dating more than 3000 years.
Originally founded by the Egyptians, the port of Jaffa eventually changed hands throughout the pages of history until it became part of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
Did you know that Napoleon once conquered Old Jaffa on his way to Akko? Strategically located at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, the port of Jaffa features a rich history and architectural design.
Right now you can find many chic restaurants and some would say that Jaffa is the bohemian counterpart to the much hipster Tel Aviv.
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #03: See the amazing ruins of Caesarea
One hour north of Tel-Aviv you will find the ruins of Caesarea, a pseudo-Roman city built by Herod the Great 2000 years ago in order to please the Roman Empire that ruled Israel during said time.
Right now, the archeological site is well preserved and you can access most of it during daytime (plus, a few meters east of the site you can find a very unique beach located right next to a Roman Aqueduct, how cool is that?).
The true charm of Caesarea, however, comes during nightfall and a visit to some of its many restaurants overlooking the ruins is definitely a must.
The town of Caesarea itself is extremely small and if you have the money, I really recommend you to stay one night at the Dan Hotel Caesarea and ask for a room facing east in order to enjoy a sunrise as epic as this one.
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #04: Discover the mysteries and wineries around Mt. Carmel
From Caesarea your next stop on this journey is Haifa but instead of rushing it via the highway, why not take a small detour to visit some of the wineries located at the footsteps of Mt. Carmel? During this journey of mine, I was invited to pay a visit to the Tishbi Winery.
In this winery you can find traditional kosher wine plus an amazing restaurant which is visited every day by the people of Tel Aviv.
And how about Mt. Carmel itself? There are many activities that you can see and do in this natural wonder of Israel.
My favourite ones include ATV and Horse rides in the Ben Oren Kibbutz as well as visiting a Druze Village in order to learn more about this unique religious group which is completely separate from Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Don’t forget to haggle with the souvenir salesmen of the village to get the best prices!
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #05: Behold the magnificent Baha’i Gardens in Haifa
And speaking about unique religious groups, the main attraction of Haifa are the Baha’i Gardens built by members of the Baha’i Faith.
The Baha’i movement originated in Iran a couple of centuries ago and its foundation is to achieve world peace by uniting the breaches that currently exist in the world’s most popular religions.
As you can imagine, the founder was persecuted in his own country and was eventually incarcerated by the Ottoman Empire in the city of Akko, located just across from Haifa.
From that day onwards, the city of Haifa became the most sacred place of the Baha’i movement and today you can visit its magnificent gardens that overlook the city itself.
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #06: Become a Crusader in the city of Akko
20 minutes north of Haifa you shall find one of my favourite places in the Israel Mediterranean Coast: Akko. I first heard about Akko (also known as Acre) almost a decade ago in the Assassin’s Creed Videogame so walking along its narrow streets sure brings exciting memories.
It is here where the biggest Crusader stronghold of the Holy Land still stands as well as many other interesting sights from the Ottoman era.
For me, the main appeal of Akko is the fact that this a town where Muslims and Jewish co-exist in absolute peace and it isn’t uncommon to find Jewish families eating in one of the best Palestinian Hummus restaurants of the country.
If you dream of peace in the Middle-East, Akko is the place where you can fully start to visualise it.
Top Things to See and Do in Israel Mediterranean Coast #07: Immerse yourself in the white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra
The last stop of the Israel Mediterranean Coast is the northernmost point of the country and its less than hour away from Akko. It is here at Rosh Hanikra where Israel and Lebanon meet and to this day, it is still hard to imagine that there was once a train line that ran from Istanbul all the way to El Cairo.
From the top of the cliff you must take a cable car to reach the button from where you can explore the grottos and feel the calling of Mother Nature.
There are many natural and man-made wonders that you can find in Israel and the Mediterranean Coast is one of the best regions to see some of them. Have you ever been to the Israel Mediterranean Coast? Would you like to? Share your thoughts and let me know what you think!!!
Disclaimer: This article was brought to you in collaboration with the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Next time you visit Israel, be sure to stop by at the Tourist Information office to know all about the current cultural events that you can enjoy in this wonderful country.
Until next time, my friends!