"Binyamina" Binyamina by leffe3

Binyamina Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 27 photos

Binyamina is something of a surprise.

To be found on the main railway line between Tel Aviv and Haifa, and one of the important inter-city express stops, the sleepy little town is nothing like you would expect.

It's been around since 1922 and named after one of the Rothschild's, but it has a feel of an extended moshav rather than a town. The palm-lined main street has its shops hidden behind trees and enormous bougainvillea plants (as is most of the town) and there's little more than a few 4 or 5 cafes, a couple of banks, hairdressers and a local general store. (There's probably a few more but off the side streets and hidden behind those trees!).

It's an incredibly relaxed place with everything at a slow pace - not what you would expect with that train station! But, at only 40-45 minutes from Tel Aviv and 20 minutes from Haifa, Binyamina is a burgeoning commuter town, with new neighbourhoods under construction to the west of the railway line (which I didn't see). The station also serves Zichron Yaakov (up the hill - take the number 70 bus outside the station) and Giv'at Ada - and is not far from Caeserea (although there is a closer station the National Park).

One of the main attractions of Binyamina for tourism is the Binyamina Vineyard - one of the biggest in Israel with 4 million bottles a year currently produced - and, more recently, the Tishbi Vineyard.

But the fertile land around the town makes it a farmer's dream, and there a number of cycle rides around the flat landscape - and Zichron Yaakov is a mere 5 or so miles up the hill and the beginning of the Carmel Mountain. And a short walk out of Binyamina towards Zichron is Park Jabotinsky.

  • Last visit to Binyamina: Jul 2012
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