Tel Aviv is Israel as the Zionists intended it to be. The Jewish state. Despite being the largest city in Israel, Tel Aviv has a relaxed Mediterranean beach atmosphere. In the Old City of Jerusalem the Christians fight the Muslims and the Jews. In the West Bank the Palestinians fight the settlers. In the suburbs of Jerusalem, the Orthodox Jews fight the secular Jews. In Tel Aviv most people manage to get through their day fighting nothing worse than extremely bad traffic. What is unique about Tel Aviv is that it is both a beach town and the nation's cultural and business capital. The brightest, most creative, and hardest working people in Israel congregate in Tel Aviv as the brightest, most creative, and hardest working Americans congregate in New York City. The difference is that, for about 9 months out of the year, it is possible to enjoy a pleasant sunset walk on the Tel Aviv beach.
On the way back to Jerusalem from Netanya, we cross Tel Aviv township and driving alongside an IAF landingstrip we reach the Jerusalem highway
Similisailboats of brick and mortar give the Natanya beach a pleasant background setting.
Netanya has the best of everything for a summer vacation. The water in the Mediterranean Sea is warm and inviting with lifeguards on duty. There are several stairways and a few roads to get to the beach but the most interesting way to go is the elevator. Surfers, as well as para surfers in the sea and para sailers in the air, launch their parachutes near the Hotel Blue Bay. Everything is within walking distance so no need for a car in Netanya. The beaches are lovely and can be reached by several flights of steps along the coast, the elevator or a drive down the access road. Horses are available for a gallop along the shore.
Near the Carmel Hotel, paragliders have an open area where to take off from. This is a great show to behold, and if you are adventurous enough, you can rent a tandem seat with one of the professional flyers to take a ride over the Mediterranean blue Sea coast.
A heavy heart on faerie wings
Can never with the eagles fly
So never carry useless things
When trying to stay up in the sky
For swiftly through the air you'll pass
And surely land upon your behind.
This colorful town is a real melting pot of nationalities, you hear many languages being spoken as you walk through the town.
The Mercure Blue Bay Hotel's all weather, heated pool and modern health club provide guests with everything they need to stay in shape while on holiday or business in Israel. The wide, open lawn area, kiddy pool, and swing set keep young ones busy and provide plenty of space for playing. A private path leads to Netanya's well-maintained beach for a cooling dip in the sea. Light snacks and refreshments are served at the pool bar during the summer season.
Netanya was founded in 1929 by citrus farmers, but today it is primarily a center for tourism and the diamond trade. Israel is one of the world's largest exporters of diamonds (this is the country's principal export to the U.S.), and Netanya is home to many diamond-cutters and polishers who came to Palestine primarily from Belgium before and during World War II.
To-day Netanya is one of Israel's premier seaside resort cities. Occupying a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast, the city provides every manner of salt-water recreation. Netanya's large French speaking community contributes a European flair to this bustling city. Public bus service and the hotel's private shuttle provide transportation between the hotel and the city center. Netanya is conveniently located just off one of Israel's major cross-country highways enabling easy access to many of Israel's major attractions including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Tiberias.