Nahariya - also spelled Nahariyya - is a seaside resort not far from the Lebanese border. It is Israel's northernmost coastal town and the furthest north you can get by train.
I was there on a sunny, winter day to see the new seafront promenade which now extends southwards almost until Akko (Acre).
It's the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and there are seating areas along the way where you can stop for a rest and enjoy the sea view. If you want to work out, you can jog, run or cycle and there are even outdoor gym areas.
In the area where the main street meets the promenade, you can find restaurants and pubs overlooking the sea and I can recommend the Italian ice-cream shop by the bridge! You can see it on the right in the photo below.
Nahariya takes it's name from the Hebrew word for river (nahar) because the Ga'aton River flows through the center of the town from east to west. During winter and spring you can see the water rushing through the canal in the middle of the high street - Ga'aton Boulevard - until it reaches the sea, but in the summer, the river dries up.
Ga'aton Boulevard (Sderot Ga'aton) is a lively street with coffee shops, restaurants and tourist shops. In the summer, you can hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you on a tour of the city, or there's a tourist train which is popular with families.
Other attractions include the Statue Park in Medatech, Derech HaAtzma'ut where you can see statues on display by a variety of Israel artists, the botanical and zoological gardens on Ben Ga'on Street, and a sports and recreation park including a roller-skating arena.
Looking northwards along the coast, you can see the white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra, which is well worth a visit. You can read more about these beautiful limestone grottoes on my Western Galilee page.
Nahariya was established in 1934 as a moshava (agricultural settlement) by German settlers who fled the Nazi regime during World War II.
You can learn more about the history of Nahariya at the Beit Lieberman museum in the south of the city. The house was built at the end of the 19th century by the Lieberman family, who had a successful farming business in the area and is typical of the houses built by German Jewish settlers.
In 1942, it served as a base for the Palmach (Haganah resistance group’s armed wing) under the command of Yitzhak Rabin, and was used to shelter illegal immigrants. After the War of Independence, it became a recuperation center for injured soldiers.
The museum is open 7 days a week. Phone for opening times: 04-9821516.
The Water Tower is another one of Nahariya's historical symbols. It was built soon after the moshava was founded and supplied water to the residents from the well below it for more than 50 years.
In the 1930s, soldiers were trained in a secret basement under the tower. Later, one of the tower's floors became a guards' station and the tower's roof was used for flashing Morse code signals along the coast. It was also used as a lookout for spotting enemy ships and planes during World War II.
The lower floor has now been turned into a gallery for local artists.
Open 7 days a week. Phone for opening times: 04-9511214
Other cool places in Western Galilee:
Old City of Akko (Acre) - Historical city with plenty to see.
Goren Park and Montfort Castle - great place for hiking and picnics.
Uri Buri - Gourmet Fish and Seafood Restaurant in Akko Port.
Arnold's - Kosher chef's restaurant in a rustic setting.
Bait VeKait Guesthouse - For the best Israeli breakfast in the Galilee.
Land of Genesis - Recommended romantic zimmer (log cabin) in Mattat.
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