The coastal town of Netanya is teeming with life and activity. With 14 kilometers of beaches and a gorgeous promenade along the cliffs, visitors who flock to its sandy shores are free to soak in the sun and enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean sea. But there’s more to the “Israeli Riviera” than its endless beaches; the natural scenery is matched by an upbeat and interesting city scene, which is continuously being developed to accommodate the influx of tourists.
To keep the pulse of the city alive and beating, Netanya has a number of events that are sure to be memorable and enriching:
International Clown Festival
A most surprising and amusing festival takes place in the long summer holidays of August. Going on its fourth year, the International Clown Festival brings in professional artists and performers in the clown industry. It features street performances and displays in the new Independence Square and various venues around Netanya, making it a good place to bring kids.
Kosher Taste of the City
For those who wish to find the best local kosher restaurants and cuisine, the Kosher Taste of the City, which takes place in August, is a foodie event you can’t miss. Held in the Hof Argmon promenade, the annual event offers an array of tasty kosher meals; it’s also a venue where you can purchase new kitchen utensils and equipment.
Classical Guital Festival
Held every second half of October, the Netanya Classical Guitar Festival showcases the talents of local and international artists alike. Music from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America fills the chambers of the Heichal Hatarbut or Cultural Palace of Netanya. Festival-goers can also take part in lectures, workshops, master classes and competitions, as well as view an exhibit of guitars, scores, and equipment.