Route 4 is a coastal road, leading to Rosh HaNikra, Israel's northernmost point, on the Mediterranean Sea. Just south of Haifa, Rte 4 becomes an inland road which hugs the mountains. At this point, the newer road, Rte 2 becomes the coastal road. Characterized by fabulous caves and grottoes, the wild sea of Rosh HaNikra whips in and out of natural caverns, spraying onlookers with refreshing white foam. Find artist studios in the mountains just east of the coastline.
Route 4 stretches south to Yad Mordechai, winding its way along the Mediterranean coast. Just below Haifa, Rte 4 splits and parallels Rte 2, the new coastal road which ends at Glilot Junction, just below Herzliyya. In this section of Rte 4, we concentrate on points between Rosh HaNikra and the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, including an exploration of mountain roads directly off Rte 4.
Enjoy the journey!
Click on a link to find a vacation villa in the mountains, or a B&B by the sea, or in the mountains in an artists' colony, or in a town established by Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
Tip: Rte 4, from Rosh HaNikra to Caesarea, is easily accessible by train. Israel Railways passes alongside this route. Taxicabs are usually available at stations.
 Rosh HaNikra
Rosh HaNikra is on the northernmost coastal point, on the border with Lebanon. Sea-water filled grottoes, caves, and caverns can be seen from lookout platforms. Descend by cable car to explore the caves. The cable car runs all year round. An audio visual presentation explains the history of the area. In addition, a small train, following the original route from the days of the British Mandate, takes visitors down the coast to Ahziv National Park.
In the past, Rosh HaNikra has stayed open longer during the summer, from mid-July through August. Contact the site to inquire.
 Achziv (Akhziv) National Park
Next stops are Betset Beach and Ahziv National Park. At this part of Rte 4 it is easy to get off the road and go down to the beach area. Unless you pay an entrance fee, the beach is unsupervised. Betset Beach has a craggy coastline and is best for walking in the shallow water. Ahziv has a lifeguard (in the summer months) and swimming areas, dressing rooms, showers, toilets.
Overnight stay: Pitch a tent at the Ahziv camping site.
Showers, toilets, picnic tables.
 Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv
Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv lies slightly inland off Rte 4. Kibbutz artist and sculptor Zmira Lapidot invites visitors to see her monumental works.
The seaside town of Nahariyya was settled by German Jews in the early 1930s. Unique to the town are the horse and carriage rides along the main boulevard, Sderot Ga'aton, under which the Ga'aton River runs. The studio of Judaica designer and artist, Adina Gatt, can be found in the center of town.
Overnight stay: Hofit Guesthouse in Moshav Shavei Zion is well-located on the shores of the Mediterranean.
 Nes Ammim
Nes Ammim is a Christian communal settlement founded by German and Dutch people in 1963. was settled by Christians in the years following the war.
Overnight stay: Nes Ammim Guesthouse is a good choice for an overnight stay.
 Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot
On the grounds of Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot, find the Ghetto Fighters Museum. Established in 1949 as a tribute to underground movements, partisans, and ghetto fighters, the museum has interactive exhibits, and a special section for children, Yad LeYeled.
Sunday – Thurs: 9:00 – 16:00
Closed Friday, holiday eves, and Saturday.
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 Akko (Acre, Acco)
The Old City of Akko (Acre), a seaside town from the times of the Crusaders, and a World Heritage Site under the UNESCO program of protecting global culture, offers a well reconstructed glimpse into its multicultural past. Explore the Crusader fortress, Templar ruins, Rambam Wharf, and the Ramchal synagogue. Be sure to include the Spice Market on your itinerary for saffran, cumin, pepper, coffee – and the aroma is heavenly!
Must-sees in Akko:
Napoleon Route: From the year 1799 when Napoleon comes to the Akko by land after conquering El-Arish, Jaffa and Haifa.
Templars Tunnel: Dating back to the 12th Century when members of the Templar Order built their quarters in Akko
Story of the Last Bath Attendant: In the Turkish Hamam, view this one-man play which takes you back to the days of the Ottoman Empire.
Jewish Route: Visit the Ramchal synagogues, and Rambam's Wharf
Spice Market in the Old City
Great Mosque and the underground cisterns
Visitors' Center: 04.981.9926; 1-700.70.80.20
 Ein Hod Artists' Village
Rte 7111: Into the hills
On the other side of the road, up in the mountains on Rte 7111, find the artist village of Ein Hod.
Writers, musicians, fine artists, ceramicists, sculptors, and actors live in this south-of-France-type village. The town's by-laws state that only artists are allowed to own property here. Home to the Janco Dada Museum of Surrealism and numerous galleries, the village also welcomes overnight visitors to its guesthouses. Wander the lanes, dine al fresco (not kosher), take a workshop.
Click here to Check out places to stay in Ein Hod.
Stained Glass Artist, Robert Nechin
Fabric Artist, Lea Ben-Arye
[8A] Nir Etzion
Further up the mountain, find Nir Etzion, a religious moshav with a welcoming guesthouse and swimming pool.
Atlit Detention Camp on the shores of the Mediterranean was used by the British to delouse and disinfect refugees from Europe. The original camp still stands and is the site of an open air museum.
Sun – Thurs: 9:00 – 17:00
Fri and holiday eves: 9:00 – 13:00
Sat and holidays: 9:00 – 15:00
Related story: Detention Camp on Mediterranean Shores
Recommended restaurant in the town of Atlit: Ben-Ezra Fish Restaurant – freshly caught fish, rustic surroundings, superb food.
71 HaZayit St., Atlit (in town)
Kosher. Haifa Rabbanut.
 Dor ha-Bonim Nature Reserve
Small sandy beach with coves, an island, grottoes.
Overnight suggestion: Bring your own tent to this campsite on the Mediterranean shores. Showers, toilets.
 Kibbutz Nachsholim: HaMizgaga Glass Museum
Kibbutz Nachsholim on the coast is home to an unusual museum. HaMizgaga, literally the glassery, was a factory for the manufacture of glass wine bottles. Baron Edmond de Rothschild realized that a growing wine industry in not-far-away Zikhron Ya'akov would need glass bottles. The plentiful sand on the Mediterranean beach should have made this an ideal location and an excellent business venture. However, the plant failed due to an inability to create a thin enough glass. The bottles on display are made of chunky green glass – not ideal vessels for wine. A note of interest: Meir Dizengoff, later the first mayor of Tel Aviv, was the manager of the plant.
Daily: 8:30 – 14:00
Friday: 8:30 – 13:00
Sat: 10:30 – 15:00
Call the office if these hours do not suit you – they may be able to arrange hours for you.
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 Zikhron Ya'akov
Zikhron Ya'akov on Rte 652 in the mountains high above Rte 4, dates to the late 1800s when Baron Edmond de Rothschild bought land from Arabs and gave it to Russian Jews who had settled in the area to farm. Vineyards were planted, and the oldest winery in Israel, Carmel Wines, was originally established in Zikhron Ya'akov.
The town was also the headquarters of the NILI underground when Palestine was under Ottoman rule. Do not miss the Aharonson House for an audio video presentation and a tour of the original house where the story took place.
Ha'meyasdim 40 St.
Sunday – Thurs: 8:30 – 15:00
Tues: 8:30 – 16:00; Friday: 8:30 – 13:00
Do not miss the Museum of Immigration (First Aliyah Museum) which tells the story of Jewish settlement.
Museum of Immigration
2 HaNadiv St.
Sunday – Thurs: 9:00 – 16:00
Tues: 9:00 – 18:00
Fri: 9:00 – 13:00
Click here to check out places to stay in Zikhron Ya'akov.
One Thousand Kisses
First Aliyah Museum
Zikhron Ya'akov and Bat Shlomo
 Ramat HaNadiv
Ramat HaNadiv National Park is the burial ground of the Baron Edmond and Baroness Adelaide de Rothschild. The gardens stretch over many dunams. There are marked hiking trails into the nature reserve, and a picnic area.
[13A] Tishbi Winery
Tishbi Winery is one of the older wineries in Zikhron Ya'akov. Visitors are welcome to tour and taste the wines and brandies.
Sunday – Thurs: 8:00 – 17:00
Friday: 8:00 – 15:00
 Park Shuni (Jabotinsky Park)
Park Shuni or Jabotinsky Park is home to the Etsel Museum, as well as the site of a Roman ampitheater and archeological finds, and one of the more ancient spas in Israel today.
Fee to enter Etsel Museum
Park is open daily 9:00 – 16:00
In summer months, check for evening concerts in the ampitheater.
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 Givat Ada: Alona Aqueduct Park
A wonderful place to visit on a hot summer day, these ancient Roman aqueducts, show the Roman presence from the shores of Caesarea all the way inland to Alona Aqueduct Park in Givat Ada. The underground cisterns are filled with water just as in days of yore, and you can walk through the cisterns. Cooling, refreshing and educational! Children must be at least 4 years old, or tall, in order to walk through knee-high water.
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