(sorry I have had to remove these pictures at the request of our friend, she is being forced by her government to remove any signs of her visiting Israel)Our friend arrived here in Israel in the summer of 2004 and the first weekend here she came to visit us in Arad. Now in the summer of 2005 we met with her in Herziliya to sadly say goodbye, she had to return to her studies outside Israel, she truly became part of our family in the year she spent here in Israel, this was the saddest day of 2005 for us.
The first two pictures were taken in the Columbus Restaurant, where later Gil met up with us, they were at knife points, Gil saying "you should not leave" and she saying "But I have to leave" ^O^
Later we took her to the Max Brenner Chocolate Restaurant where you can see us sampling some of the tasty things they have to offer.
Last picture shows us saying our last goodbyes before we drove home.
In the low-lying valley, east of the kurkar (calcareous sandstone) ridge which blocks the flow of rainwater towards the sea, there was a swamp which caused grave problems for the settlers of Herzeliya in the 1920s. Even the Romans in ancient times confronted the same problem, and dug a tunnel in the kurkar ridge to drain the swamp.
Nowadays the swamp has long been drained, but a small part of it remains relatively untouched and constitutes a seasonal swamp, covered with water during the winter rainy season. During winter typical swamp vegetation grows there, and the wildlife can be spotted from observation points in the Herzeliya Park and also by the roadside: Cattle egrets, mallards, toads, crabs...
It can be exciting to watch this wildlife so near to the built-up areas and shopping mall...
When you visit the National Park you most probably have noticed chimneys and high buildings. But here in the park you can enjoy the nature inside and outside the parks boundaries. The high coast gives excellent views into the water and along the coast. I really enjoyed the colors, especially the water was very blue. So take your time here to admire the colors!
Center piece of the national park is for sure the Crusader Fortress. Here quite some structures are left, but the bridge that you will use is not the one that was used in the past. Approaching the visitor bridge you can see parts of the old bridge. In the fortress you can still find ballista stones and traces of the fire which the mameluke set here to destroy the place. You will also find a kitchen with five stoves, a room with grinding installation, storages and a courtyard.
During the ottoman periode this lime kiln was used to burn lime limestone for the construction of buildings. The fire was burning in the structure that you can see today, while the lime stone was placed ontop of the roof. After four to six days the stones were ready.
When walking on the Sea Path you will pass several reservoirs that were used to collect rain water. Access to water was important especially if you keep in mind the various sieges that were held here. Have a look at the round shaped water pool and the cisterns.
After passing the moat when entering the park you will come to ruins of a roman villa. The villa existed here in the first and second century. Its architecture was traditional with an open central courtyard.
Just after entering the Apollonia National Park you will pass the moat. This structure is a part of the fortifications that the crusaders set up to protect the city. It can be dated back to around 1150.
This is a nice, wide, central beach in Herzliya-Pituach. The Herzliya Municipality has recently (2011) constructed a beautiful scenic promenade between the Acadia and Daniel hotels, on the hill above the Acadia-North beach. They also made this beach very accessible to all: there is an elevator to take you from the hilltop down to the beach level, or if you prefer, a winding paved path downhill, suitable for prams, wheelchairs or bikes.
On the beach level there is another, lower promenade.
The sea is calmer here than in the open Sidna Ali beach, due to the wave breakers and to the proximity of the Herzliya marina to the south. The crowd is mixed: families, young and old, locals and tourists.
There are clean, new bathrooms, showers and changing rooms. There is a beach restaurant / cafe-bar.
Once the family home of the Chizik family, now this is a municipal museum commemorating the founders of Herzeliya and its early days, from the 1920s to the 1940s.
A lifesize image of Theodor Herzl greets the visitors from the balcony, reminding them who this city is named after.
Besides photographs, period artefacts and documents there is a small model of an old classroom, with the well-known blue and white donation box for the JNF (Jewish National Fund) and the inscription on the wall reads: "The farmer's plough, not the knight's sword, conquered the land".
One display box contains ancient objects and remains found in Apollonia, near Herzeliya; another display is dedicated to the citrus growers of Herzeliya in its farming days.
One of the displays vividly records the Hagana activities in Herzeliya during the British Mandate period in the 1930s and 1940s: The ancient Roman tunnel was used as a classroom for weapon lessons, and a seemingly innocent "lovers couple" above would warn their comrades, the Hagana members in the tunnel, when a British patrol came near.
Outside the house there is a small botanic garden; a bronze sculpture realistically shows the process of digging the first water well.
This is my favorite beach in Herzliya. The northernmost beach, a bit out of the way, very informal, without fancy restaurants and hotels overlooking it, without rows of beach chairs and umbrellas...
On top of the low cliff rises the minaret of the Sidna Ali mosque. Hewn out of the rock there's a strange-looking cave-dwelling / mansion of a lone weirdo...
On this beach you'll see mainly young people, couples... It's cretainly the more romantic of Herzliya's beaches!
Herzl, always elegantly attired, would have loved to shop at The Outlet, a mall in the city that bears his name. Or if not Herzl himself, then certainly his wife would have liked it.
The Outlet, located on Medinat Hayehudim Street (lit. Street of the Jewish State), is a small horseshoe-shaped shopping center in Herzliya Pituah housing several dozen outlet stores of well-known Israeli clothing brands. Many of the shops carry surplus and the prices are well below what you would pay elsewhere for the same item.
Living in Jerusalem, I don't get to shop at The Outlet as much as I would like, but whenever my husband has a meeting in Herzliya, I make sure to go along. One of the nice features of The Outlet is that it is built on a "human scale," as opposed to these humongous malls where so much is going on your head starts to spin. Here you can swing around all the shops and go home with a shopping bag full of stuff without collapsing from exhaustion. You can also take a break and have a bite to eat at the food court, located at the far end of the mall. It's not gourmet dining, but you can choose from a variety of lunch counters serving burgers, schnitzel, sandwiches and wraps.
If you are looking for a recreational area in Herzeliya, this is one of the places to go.
The park occupies 120 dunams in the low-lying area between the eastern and western parts of the city.
There are lawns, walking paths, a jogging trail and a bike trail, a small lake, a stage for summer concerts with a natural amphitheater, and a well equipped playground for children with a quite sophisticated adventure center for kids.
Ten minutes from the Hertzliya city center there is a 13th century Crusader castle on a cliff overlooking the remains of an ancient harbor. Sounds too good to be true? Well, just go to the Hertzliya Pituach neighborhood and follow the brown signs to the Apollonia National Archeological Park.
Actually, like most places in Israel, the history of Apollonia goes back to the earliest periods of human history. In the 6th century BC the Phoenicians built a city called Arshuf and produced purple dye from mollusks. The city was populated during the Hellenistic period and was then named Apollonia, then during Roman, Byzantine and Islamic times.
Most of the ruins you can see today are from the Crusader period, mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries, when the city was fortified and surrounded by a moat. In 1191 the Battle of Arsour was fought here, and the Crusaders recaptured the city from the Moslems. In 1265 the fortress fell to the Mamluke Sultan Baibars.
There are more impressive Crusader castles in Israel (Acre, Monfort, Yehiam, Kochav-Hayarden to name a few), but Apollonia is well worth a visit: It is easily accessible from Tel-Aviv and Hertzliya; Its location, perched on a kurkar cliff above the Hertzliya beach, with a view north all the way to Netanya: a romantic place at sunset...
The path from the park entrance hugs the edge of the cliff until it reaches the castle.The main castle (the donjon) is reasonably well preserved to give you an idea of what it must have looked like in the 13th century. You can see the round stone "cannon balls" shot at the castle in the final battle in 1265.
During the summer months concerts are held in the castle at twilight time on Fridays: the mixture of good music (jazz, Irish, Greek...) and the ruins, which receive a golden hue from the setting sun, is intoxicating.
From Herzeliya you can visit the Apolonia archeological park. The site has ruins from Roman, Muslim and crusader times, with signs that provide good information. Also beautiful views and of course you can add the tour by going down to the beach. It is a national park and you need to pay Enterance fees.