by: Lucy Elias - Last updated: 2011-10-25
The beach at Netantya
Named in honour of Nathan Straus, the owner of Macy's department store in New York, Netanya was founded in 1929 and is popular for those seeking sun and relaxation.
Also known as Kikar Atzmaut, the Square is at the heart of Netanya and the place where everyone, young and old congregates. During the summer the square plays host to free entertainment.
One of Netanya's popular promenades that offers some great views of the sea. Originally built in the late 1960s, it was renovated a decade ago.
If you are into art, the Maapilim Promenade features a gallery showcasing some of the best work by Israeli artists.
The Poleg Nature Reserve
Just eight kilometres south of Netanya, it offers great walking opportunities as well as the chance for botanists to see for themselves some fascinating flowers and other greenery.
Known for its wooden pergolas, it is also the fi rst to allow people with disabilities to reach the beach by a special lift.
If surfing is you thing, or even if you've never done it before, Netanya beaches provide a great surfing experience.
National Diamond Centre
An opportunity to see close up some amazing diamonds which are feature in an exhibition as well as to see a miniature model of a diamond mine.
Walking in the Iris Nature Reserve
Take a delightful walk in the Reserve where you will discover hundreds of purple irises. And once you are here, you can also enjoy the nearby winter pond which features eucalyptus trees.
Get fit on the beach
Join in with the locals at every Monday and Wednesday from
6am to 7am at Sironit Beach for a group work out session.
For those who are orthodox, this beach features separate male and female swimming facilities.