The city of white beaches, great food, attractions, and excellent hotels. No wonder people from all over the world call it “The Israeli Riviera” – Welcome to Netanya.
Its 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) of beaches have made the city a popular tourist resort. In 2019, it had a population of 221,353, making it the 7th-largest city in Israel by population.
Established 1929 and named after the American Zionist philanthropist, Nathan Straus, Netanya is a true resort town in which you will find plenty of entertainment, culture, and leisure centres: coffeehouses, restaurants, shopping centres, a lively market, movie theatres, art galleries, and other various outdoor events and festivals that are held during summer and open to the public.
Netanya offers beautiful beaches, elevators taking you down to the sea, never-ending promenades, wild cliffs, rare nature preserves, and green parks.
Netanya is located between Tel Aviv (30km south) and Haifa (56km north), was the first declared city in the new state of Israel in December 1948. There are a great many historical places that offer a glimpse of ancient history and demonstrate the true genius of those that lived on this land more than 2,000 years ago. From wild lands to seaports to grand structures built by hand, this land is truly an experience not to be missed by anyone traveling in the region.
The Weather in Netanya: Sunny & Hot Almost All Year Round
The weather in Netanya is sunny all year round. Summer in Netanya is hot and humid, perfect for going down to the beach and getting a perfect tan. The great beaches, the impressive coastline and promenade are turning it into a truly tourist gem. If you wish to catch the perfect tan and absorb some vitamin D from the famous Israeli sun, you can put your swimsuit on and head to one of these great beaches: Blue Bay Beach, Zanz Beach, Onot Beach, Amphi Beach, Herzel Beach, the famous Poleg Beach, and many others. All beaches offer well maintained facilities and a great summer vibe.
The winters are mild and can get rainy at times, but most of the year, the weather is gorgeous.
Culture Centres and Great Local Food
Great food is an integral part of any stay. Netanya offers its visitors a variety of restaurants to choose from. As a city of immigrants, the local restaurants offer a broad selection to the hungry tourist, enticing you to discover exotic flavours. The variety of restaurants is quite impressive and offers great street food alongside gourmet dishes, take your pick.
Netanya also offers fascinating museums and galleries such as The Well House, the Cliff gallery, the Museum of Yemenite Jewish Heritage, The Beit Hagdudim (Jewish Legion) Museum and more. You are welcome to tour the city and its attractions and expand your horizons.
Netanya's Stadium and the Golden Ball sculpture
The main stadiums in Netanya are the 13,610-seat Netanya Stadium. Netanya has three football teams, the main being Maccabi Netanya, whose main local rival is Beitar and third is Maccabi HaSharon Netanya. Elitzur Netanya represents the city in the first tier of Israeli basketball. As part of the "Netanya – city of sport" program the beach soccer stadium was established, and it currently hosts Israeli championship and international "Diamond tournament" games.
Aside from the professional sport teams, Maccabi Netanya also has a boxing and fencing club while Hapoel Netanya has judo and gymnastic clubs, and a lacrosse club.
Netanya is also the home of paragliding in Israel. The moderate cliffs plus a stiff offshore breeze provide an ideal environment for safe and fun comfortable paragliding. Gliders are often seen cruising high above the beach, just along the cliff line.
Netanya hosted the 2015 European Swim Champs in December at the Wingate Institute. The new complex at the Wingate Institute features an Olympic-size pool with 10 lanes and 3m depth, backed by the latest built-in filtration systems, an 8-lane 50m pool and a 6-lane 25m pool.
Netanya hosted the World Lacrosse Championship in 2018, thus making Israel the first country to host such where English is not the primary spoken language. Forty-six nations from around the world sent teams.