"Hof Ha-Sharon National Park" Ga`ash Things to Do Tip by iblatt
Ga`ash Things to Do: 3 reviews and 15 photos
Most of the Mediterranean coast of Israel is developed, with organized public beaches, hotels, cafes, residential estates, ports... A beautiful segment of the coast north of kibbutz Ga'ash, all the way to the southern neighborhoods of Netanya, has been declared a national park, and is thus protected from developers and real-estate sharks.
This natural area includes coastal eolianite (calcareous sandstone, or "kurkar") cliffs, 50 meters high; stable sand dunes, and the fauna and flora typical for these areas. Ten mountain gazelles were returned to nature in this park in the year 2000.
Anna, Maytal and I visited the park on a September late-afternoon. The sea views from the cliffs were beautidul. Everything was quiet and peacedul, with the occasional paraglider hovering over our heads. We did not encounter any gazelles, but we saw the impressive blossom of maritime squills (typical harbingers of autumn in Israel - see photo).
Directions: Follow the signs to the parking lot near kibbutz Ga'ash. One path descends to the Ga'ash beach, another path follows the cliff line north to the nature reserve.
Entrance is free and unrestricted.
Phone: *3639 (from Israeli phones)