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Herzliya is a beautiful city, just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv and a popular weekend getaway. Herzliya is divided into two parts by the highway – on one side is Herzliya Pituach, an upmarket suburb with beaches, restaurants, and bars. Located on the other side is Herzliya city with more bars, the IDC campus, and the busy city center.
Herzliya has some of the most beautiful beaches in Israel; with white sand, a seafront promenade, and beautiful boats sailing on the sea. The Accadia Beach, the largest one in Herzliya sits next to some of the best bars and restaurants such as the Bell Beach, which serves awesome breakfasts directly to the seaside.
Unlike Tel Aviv, Herzliya does not have any wave breakers protecting the beach from hefty and aggressive waves, which makes Herzliya beaches a dream for every surfer. The Reef Surfing and Diving Center is the best place to learn surfing and diving. The place is fully equipped and advanced surfers can find everything they need. Gazebo is a restaurant/bar but also a water sports club where people can enjoy surf boards, catamarans, paddle boards or kayaks, renting or taking lessons.
This wonderful beach is bordered by a cliff, on top of which is the Apollonia National Park. Visitors can discover the archeological remains of a crusader city and the impressive fortress which was built around 1250. The climb to the balcony of the fortress allows visitors to discover the beautiful panorama of the Herzliya coast. A must-see is the house made of shells, built by a hermit living on the beach for more than 40 years – the house is built directly inside the cliff.
What is better than going to an open air bar facing the sea after a hard day of working or studying, while watching the beautiful Herzliya sunset? There is a choice of bars directly on the beach and along the coast. The Yam Bar and the Yama are great for casual drinks but also host fun parties and events. If you like the surfing vibe check out Shama Ze Po, another bar where all the surfers meet.
The Herzliya Marina is a hugely popular destination lined with luxurious hotels, a mall, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops along the promenade. Crowded during the weekends and summer evenings, visitors love walking along the Herzliya Beach promenade and marina. The marina is a modern and a refreshing place to go and relax over a meal or cup of coffee.
Herzliya Pituach is the place to go out to eat! Every sort of cuisine you can wish for can be found here, strategically placed among the hi-tech neighborhood. There are restaurant chains, such as Giraffe with its great Asian food. Visit Max Brenner for a complete and tasty breakfast or devour a fluffy chocolate milkshake. Herzliya Pituach is definitely the place to go for a delicious meal on a sunny day or a weekend before taking a walk along the beach.
The IDC College campus is built on a former air force military base and is a charming and elegant campus full of trees, gardens, and environmentally friendly buildings. The school is divided into two parts, the Israeli school and the international school, making the campus a thoroughly international environment always buzzing with festivals (cultural days, entrepreneurship fairs) seminars, activities and more. Just walking around the campus on a sunny day is enough to make anyone smile at its beauty.
The mall and the park are ideally located on the road connecting Herzliya city to Herzliya Pituach, next to the train station. They face each other and are the main attractions for the nearest cities. The Seven Star Mall is huge with a movie theater, restaurants and coffee shops, popular stores, and a gym. The mall regularly hosts food fairs and festivals.
The park is 180,000 square meters, and is extremely popular with families and athletes. It features a 1 kilometer run track, biking paths, huge slides and games for children. Wide lawn areas are arranged with a pond and a coffee shop in the middle.
A must-visit in Herzliya is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Surrounded by a park, the building is hidden by trees but once you are inside it transforms into a modern oasis. The museum is full of huge and tiny rooms that are sometimes separated with curtains. Exhibitions feature traditional art, such as paintings and drawings, but also feature modern mediums of art, such as video. The art museum costs just 25 shekels and is well worth the money.