Blessed with a sprawling view of the Mediterranean Sea, the town of Netanya attracts tourists for its stretch of beaches – the longest in Israel – and its lively resort scene. Behind the coast, situated atop the cliffs, is a number of hotels, restaurants, and malls that are sure to delight any visitor looking to relax, shop, and dine after a day at the beach.
If you want more than the resort experience, however, and are looking to discover more about the “Israeli Riviera”, there are several cultural centers that you should stop by:
Museum of Yemenite Jews Heritage
Located at the HaAtzmaut Square, this museum houses the cultural treasures of the Yemenite Jews who immigrated and settled in Netanya between 1949 and 1950. Go back in time and take a peek at their way of life through photos and displays of memorabilia such as jewelry, cutlery, and clothes. The museum also has a special section dedicated to preserved manuscripts collected from the Yemenite immigrants.
The towering monument is an impressive structure, erected by the Netanya Municipality to commemorate the Jewish soldiers who bravely defended the city from the Nazi. Three artists – Salavat Scherbakov, Vasiliy Perfiliev and Michail Naroditsky – designed the monument after winning an international competition. It stands in the middle of Netanya’s central memorial site and offers a lovely view of the sea.
Interactive Atzmaut Square
The city’s interactive center, which claims to be the first of its kind in Israel, is truly a treat for the senses. It’s a wonderful place to bring kids as the big fountain in the middle is equipped with games, water screens, and audio and light events. The view of the Mediterranean, as well as the cafes and malls surrounding the square, also make it a good place to stroll and relax.