Netanya, the capital of the surrounding Sharon plain, is a town not too far from Herzliya filled with fun things to do and sites to see. Not only do they have some of the most luxurious beaches in Israel, the area is filled with family-fun activities like movie theatres, arcades, bowling alleys, and malls – not to mention, some of the best frozen yogurt in the country. And don't forget to visit the Museum of Yemenite Jewish Heritage for a unique history lesson. So come for the beaches, stay for the bites at our mentioned Netanya restaurants, then spend the night at the city’s most hospitable hotels.
The best things to do in Netanya
After its neglect for several years, "Speedo" Poleg Beach is finally up and running thanks to Netanya mayor, Mrs. Miriam Feirberg-Ikar. On top of its shaded pavilions, fitness facilities, and beach football field and volleyball nets, Poleg is a great place to get your foodie fix. The restaurant serves up delicious fare and a perfect midday escape from the sun. Not only that, the northern side of the beach has a reserved area for motorized marine sports including boats, jet-skis, and other vehicles. Let's just say this beach has it all.
With such a growing vegan and vegetarian craze hitting in and around Tel Aviv, finding a decently priced restaurant for meat eaters can be difficult. Alabama refuses to cede to the meatless mania and is pumping out juicy meat even faster than ever. In fact, the establishment is so popular and locally loved that it requires reservations far in advance at anytime of the year. Sirloin, skewers, rumps, fillets, foie gras, galore! Alabama takes us back to the basics: offering quality meat grilled to perfection paired with a choice of classic sides like potatoes or salad. Come on in for a primal experience you'll never forget. One titillating taste will have you coming back for more...and more.
If you're looking for a party beach, you've come to the right place. Taking its name from the Onot Hotel, which towers over the crowded strip, Onot beach is geared towards the younger audience — inviting beachgoers from near and far who love music to dance to the cool DJ-spun vibes blasting from the "hof Hatamnun" restaurant. There are also always activities going on: from volleyball, to pickup soccer, to a Junior FussVolley tournament (the first of its kind in Israel), you'll never get bored at this busy beach.
Offering panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea, David Tower Hotel Netanya - MGallery by Sofitel is set in the centre of Netanya and only 150 metres from the beach. It features a spa centre, restaurant with trendy bar, as well as elegantly furnished rooms. WiFi is free.With a balcony, air-conditioned rooms at the David Tower Hotel Netanya come with a Nespresso coffee machine, Smart HD TV and minibar. The private bathroom comes with bathrobes and a hairdryer.The free spa includes access to the indoor heated pool, Hammam, sauna and fitness area. Beauty treatments and access to the hot tub are available on request.A Kosher breakfast is served daily and free private parking is available on site. Caesarea Golf Club is a 25-minute drive away, while Tel Aviv is 40 km away.
An endless swirl of frozen yogurt towered sky high, bottomless toppings enrobing the dairy bliss, and streams of syrups, fresh fruits, and cookie crunch drizzled on top. This mouthwatering image does not even begin to describe the heavenly experience that is Oasis - Fresh Yogurt Bar. While Tel Avivians rave over Tamara, Netanya puts up some fierce competition, serving up a real oasis of flavor. Whether you tap into your inner child with gummy bears and m&ms or unleash your gym-rat health nut with fresh fruit and granola, Oasis will nourish your dessert desires.
With its modern design, huge display screens, and shiny bowling alleys, Arbel Bowling is the place to show off your bowling skills. Bring the children for family game night or come with friends for some boozy bowling. Either way, you're sure to a have a night filled with fun memories and keepsakes. After some rounds of skillful strikes, continue the fun at the adjacent arcade, mini-bumper cars, and laser tag.
The Museum of Yemenite Jewish Heritage displays historic photos of Yemenite Jewish immigration and settlement in the Holy Land, an impressive display of antique jewelry brought over by the immigrants, and rich displays of the Yemenite way of life. A special section of the museum is also dedicated to Yemenite manuscripts that have been preserved for hundreds of years. For a truly unique museum experience, take the afternoon to visit this gem of Netanya.
Located 350 metres away from a sandy beach strip alongside the Mediterranean Sea, Leonardo Plaza Netanya Hotel is set in Netanya and provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi access. A seasonal outdoor pool with a sun terrace is at the guests' disposal.Decorated in Mediterranean colours, rooms here come with cable TV, a safe, a desk and a minibar. All comprise a seating area, some featuring a sofa. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bath or a shower and come with bathrobes, a hairdryer, slippers and free toiletries.Hotel Leonardo Plaza Netanya comprises a buffet restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge and a games room. A fitness centre and massage facilities can also be found there. Bike and car rental is available on site, as are meeting facilities.The Alexander Stream National Park is 8 km away from the hotel. Tel Aviv can be reached in 30 km. The Netanya Train Station is 2.3 km away. Ben Gurion Airport is located at a distance of 43 km.
Set just 200 metres from the beach in Netanya, Kikar Hotel is centrally located, right on the promenade and Ha'atzmaut Square. All rooms are air conditioned and have flat-screen cable TVs. Free Wi-Fi is provided.Electric kettle and fridge are standard amenities in each accommodation unit at the Kikar Hotel. Front desk is attended 24 hours a day.A continental breakfast is served daily.You can find numerous restaurants and cafes within a 200-metre radius from the Kikar. Central bus station is 1 km away, while the train station is at a distance of 2.5 km from the hotel.
Some things grow finer with age. The first mall to hit the Netanya scene lives up to its reputation with a wide range of high-end as well as international chain shops, including H&M, Twenty Four Seven, Aldo, Mango, Gold, and Top Ten Accessories. Shop till you drop, recharge with caffeine at one of their staple cafés like Cofix or Greg café, then continue the shopping spree. Your wallets may suffer, but your wardrobes will thank you.