Israel really is a romantic place; although rugged and rough around the edges in some respects, itís also a country filled with natural beauty, rich nuggets of spectacular history, and mysteries of the Holy Land. So if youíre looking for a beach break with a little extra magic, here are 10 of the best beaches to visit in Israel.
1. Tel Aviv Grand Beach
Tel Aviv Beach is a travellerís favourite and the perfect place to experience Israelís winter sun. Consisting of a number of small beach spots in addition to the main Grand Beach (all located just off the cityís loud, bustling streets), this makes the perfect city/beach holiday.
2. Mineral Beach (Dead Sea)
It would almost be a crime not to visit the Dead Sea whilst in Israel; such an integral part of its life and soul, the Mineral Beach is one of the countryís biggest attractions. This natural marvel of a beach spot is a popular place to relax for locals and tourists alike, offering the body the most therapeutic benefits.
3. Beit Yanai Beach
Beit Yanai Beach is just a little further up the coast from Tel Avisís Grand Beach, so itís perfect for those staying in the Tel Aviv area. This beach was restored back in 1994 and has since become one of the countryís most well managed beach destinations. A great spot for those in search of some peace and quiet.
4. Aqueduct Beach
Just 30 minutes up the coast from Tel Aviv, youíll find a little piece of paradise in the form of Aqueduct Beach. Dotted with Roman ruins, this beach is the perfect fusion of sun, sea and history.
5. Coral Reef Beach
Coral Beach is a must-visit beach in Eilat, not only because itís the best place to snorkel in the Red Sea but also because itís one of the top beaches for families with children. Itís a well serviced beach that has something for everyone and youíll be very impressed with the facilities.
6. Banana Beach
Banana Beach is the southernmost of the beaches of the Tel Aviv area and it offers something a little bit different when to comes to atmosphere. Banana Beach is the chosen beach spot for modern day hippies and bohemian travellers. Itís a lively destination with a chilled out party vibe and a great place if youíre looking to make new friends.
7. Dor HaBonim Beach
If you want a taste of the Med, you simply canít miss Dor HaBonim Beach, situated on the northern Mediterranean coastline of Israel. Itís one of the countryís best kept secrets and itís ideal for families.
8. Dado Zamir Beach
Surfers will revel in the adventurous atmosphere of Dado Zamir. Not only are the waves ideal for surfing and the wind power perfect for kiting, but the beach is lined with super cool restaurants, bars and coffee shops. A great place to socialise and meet new people.
9. Sironit Beach
Visit the city of Netanya and head to Sironit Beach to experience a melting pot between nature and technology. The cityís beach features a glass-walled futuristic looking elevator which takes you from Netanyaís Rishonim Promenade all the way down to the beach front Ė a beach experience like no other.
10. Metzitzim Beach
If youíre travelling with young children, Metzitzim Beach is one of the best places to go for a day by the sea. This eclectic beach location offers a wholesome vibe to welcome families and people of all ages and itís got plenty of facilities to ensure a comfortable stay.
Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.