Things to Do in Netanya

| September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved Netanya Independence Square

Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved
Netanya Independence Square

Netanya Attractions

One great way to see the many attractions in Netanya and get an overview of the city is to take the new double-decker bus. It runs six days week (not on Shabbat), its route covering many famous and interesting destination points within the city. Tour information is provided via supplied earphones and includes explanations in five languages, including English.

At the time of writing, the Netanya bus tour operates only once a day, leaving from Kikar Ha’atzmaut at 10 a.m. (Independence Square) and has 15 stops along the way. Check for changes in schedule and additional tours which may be added during high season.

The Netanya double-decker bus tour will give you another view of a city and help orient you to the Netanya hotels in relation to the many glorious beaches. The tour starts off by driving past the Cliff Art Gallery on the Shaked Promenade.

Natanya Israel Museums

From there, you will pass by two museums you may not be familair with: The Jewish Legion Museum (Beit HaGedudim), dedicated to the overseas volunteers who formed the Jewish battalions in the British army, and the Well House ( Beit HaBe’er), comprised of the remains of the first farm that was set up in Netanya, before it was officially established.

דוד שי  CC BY-SA 3.0 Laniado Hospital

דוד שי  CC BY-SA 3.0
Laniado Hospital

Laniado Hospital

The tour will also take you past Netanya’s famous Laniado-Sanz Hospital, situated in the Jewish Orthodox area of the city. The hospital was founded by the Klausenberger Rebbe, a Holocaust survivor whose entire family, including his wife and eleven children, perished during the Shoah (Holocaust).  Determined to rebuild and bring healing into the world, he worked tirelessly to create institutions which would support a Jewish Torah way of life.  The Laniado Hospital is run strictly according to Jewish Law (halachah) with a work ethos that forbids striking so as not to cause discomfort to the patients.

Netanya Nature Reserves

From the bus you will be able to see some of the green, lush nature reserves in Netanya, such as the Winter Pond and the Argaman Reserve, which make such a pleasant change after the whiteness of the sands.

צילום:ד"ר אבישי טייכר  CC BY 2.5 Winter Pond Park, Netanya

צילום:ד”ר אבישי טייכר  CC BY 2.5
Winter Pond Park

The lushness of the area is determined by the previous winter’s rainfall, but even when the precipitation level is low, this wonderful place blossoms with  beautiful colorful flowers.

Netanya Beach

The tour travels along parts of the Netanya promenade, where you will be able to see sections of the long white beach, as well as where the Netanya Beach elevator is located. Even if you prefer walking down the stairs, it’s nice to know you can ride up the elevator when you’ve finished sunning and swimming.

Netanya Mall

After seeing the beauty of the city, the bus will take you past some of the large new Netanya malls, including HaSharon Mall, the Poleg, and the Alexandra Yachin Mall.  Whether you are shopping for yourself or buying souvenirs to take home, the great advantage to these air-conditioned malls is the comfort of finding everything under one cool roof, including somewhere to eat and entertain the children at the play areas.

Things to Do in Netanya: Did You Know?

There are several easy walking tours which cover Netanya – a nice alternative to driving around.

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