“The Secret Pearl of Israel: Exploring the City of Herzliya”
Herzliya is a small city of just over 97,000 inhabitants, located on the Mediterranean coast of Israel– just north of Tel Aviv. Although it’s often overshadowed by its big city neighbor, Herzliya is a gem of a place, packed with history, charm and vibrant culture.
Herzliya has grown from a humble fishing village in 1909, when the town was founded by two families of Polish-Jewish immigrants. In its early days, the town grew mostly around agriculture, fishing, and small workshops. Over the past century, the town has slowly developed and the population has grown dramatically– becoming one of the most prosperous cities in Israel.
Today, the city is divided into four main neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character. The city center of Herzliya is known for its seaside promenade, where visitors can take in breathtaking views over the Mediterranean. North of the city center lies a luxurious residential area, home to a large number of affluent and high-profile celebrities, including members of the political elite. Moving eastwards, one passes through a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes, and finally reaches the city’s business district, home to a convoy of offices, malls, and shops.
Herzliya is a great place to explore all year round. In the summer months, the sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches make it a great spot for sand and sea enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the city’s close proximity to the Mediterranean provides a perfect playground for sailing, snorkeling and boat tours. Not to mention, the city also offers fishing trips out into international waters, allowing visitors to catch their own dinner.
When the hot summer days wind down, Herzliya’s cultural attractions come alive. Visitors can begin by taking in the city’s vibrant nightlife scene, with bustling bars, restaurants, clubs and live music venues. Many of these locations are situated around Herzliya’s picturesque marina, which is a great spot for an evening stroll. Also worth exploring is the city’s art scene which includes several impressive galleries, as well as a wide range of street art.
If you’re looking for something a little more educational, Herzliya also offers a great range of museums and historical sites. The city’s Herzliya Museum of Art and Culture is a great spot for those interested in the arts, while lovers of archaeology can visit the ancient Tel Michal and Tel Harashim– two archaeological sites of ruins dating back to the third century. Meanwhile, the city’s Herzliya Ancient Cemetery is one of the oldest in Israel and a great place to discover the city’s history and culture.
Finally, Herzliya is a great spot to shop, with a range of shopping centers, boutiques, and markets to explore. The city’s Gang shopping center is perhaps the most famous, offering a great range of high-end fashion, designer goods, restaurants and cafes. Similarly, the city’s Dizengoff Mall is great for a range of tools, home furnishings, and clothing, while the bustling markets offer an opportunity to grab great local produce and bargain for goods from local artisans.
Herzliya is a hidden gem in Israel, and an exciting spot for anyone looking to explore the Mediterranean coast. Whether you’re into relaxing on the beach, exploring historical sites, shopping, or enjoying a night out, Herzliya is well worth a visit.