We recommend a visit to Caesarea and Zicharon Yaakov with its unique mix of ongoing archaeological excavations, ancient port and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
The amazing archaeological excavations in Caesarea have something for everyone. Start with the street from the Byzantine period located just east of the Crusader city surrounded by tamarisk trees. During the time of Herod the port was thought to be one of the most innovative worldwide. However, the port eventually became submerged under the sea. The fine remains of some of the buildings built by Herod can still be seen and these included arched storehouses and public bath houses with stunning mosaic floors, and the Temple to Augustus Caesar and Rome. The ruins of the defensive walls left by the Crusaders are testimonials to this interesting era. The Amphitheatre on the southern edge of the city is the earliest site built here by Herod for entertainment and is not only of interest as an amazing historical ruin but it is still used today for concerts and entertainment performances. The Aqueduct which was also constructed during Herod’s reign ensured water in plenty for the residents.
Zichron Yaakov is one of the first ‘modern’ settlements in Israel. Located next to Caesarea city with magnificent views across the Coastal Plain to the Mediterranean. Zichron Yaakov was founded in 1882 by 100 Jewish pioneers, returning to their Biblical homeland from Romania. Today, is a wonderful town for tourists, both local and foreign. This picturesque moshava semi-cooperative farming community built at the tip of the Carmel mountain range is the first moshava ever built in Israel and is a main tourism and vacation site in this region.
Hotels in Caesarea and Zichron Yaakov are perfect for those who wish to explore the city's many tourist attractions. However, the selection of Caesarea Hotels is not as wide as major cities in Israel (like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem). Please use this page to navigate thorough Caesarea and Zichron Yaakov accommodation opportunities, and through the wide variety of attractions in the area. Booking a room is fairly easy though BookingIsrael.com advanced and secure online reservation system.
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