Built by King Herod and serving as the capital of the country during the period of Roman rule, Palestinian Caesarea was first mentioned in the middle of the 3rd century BC. Nowadays, almost the entire territory of the ancient city is included in the national park of the same name.
The city of Caesarea is located on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, 50 km north of Tel Aviv. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Baron Edmond James de Rothschild bought the lands around Caesarea and in 1948, with the formation of the state of Israel, presented them to the Caesarea Foundation.
Caesarea is the only area in Israel that is managed by a private organization, not a municipality. It is considered one of the most prestigious residential areas in the country.
At the moment, Israel has just one full size 18-hole golf course that is designed by Robert Trent-Jones and located in Caesarea.
The Caesarea Harbor Historical Reserve and the Caesarea National Park, which includes the seaside part, is one of the archaeological finds of Israel and the entire Mediterranean. This gigantic port city was created two thousand years ago by King Herod the Great in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus. Much of the Roman city is still preserved - the Palace on the reef, the amphitheater of King Herod, sections of city streets, the ruins of a synagogue, remains of a Roman fortress wall, a hippodrome and fragments of aqueducts, mosaics.
We recommend you to take a walk along the scenic paths of the National Park “Mount Carmel”, where you can admire the beautiful Mediterranean nature and amazing landscapes.
The Rally Museum is also interesting - there you can see an impressive collection of works of art in Latin America, and today it is considered one of the largest collections in this area. It was founded by philanthropist Harry Recanati, who operates a network of banks, "Rally" (hence the name of the museum). The museum presents in detail materials on the history of Caesarea, as well as a large collection of works of South African art and the originals of works by Salvador Dali. Rally has several museums in the world, admission to all is free. You can find out more on the museum's website.
Location: 43 kilometers south of Haifa