Home to fascinating archaeological sites and one of the best beaches in Israel, Caesarea is a splendid combination of cultural attractions. Ancient monuments and historical artefacts await curious explorers, while sunbathers and surfers can enjoy long stretches of sandy beach.
Things to do in Caesarea
Stroll through ancient ruins at Caesarea National Park, one of Israel’s most impressive archaeological sites. Marvel at the Roman Theatre, a restored amphitheatre dating back to the 3rd century that is now a venue for live theatre. Don’t miss a tour of the world’s only underwater museum, Underwater Archeological Park, where you can dive through the ancient ruins of Sebastos, the most sophisticated harbour known to exist 2,000 years ago.
Spend an evening exploring Caesarea Harbor, where you can sample delectable seafood fresh from the Mediterranean at Helena. For a taste of life in ancient Rome, visit the Arena along the harbour. Daily re-enactments portray the excitement of gladiators battling in the Coliseum in a family-friendly show.
Although Caesarea is home to a stunning coastline, it can fill up quickly with beachgoers and sunbathers. Escape the crowds and head to Caesarea’s Aqueduct Beach. With no restaurants or boardwalk in the vicinity, there’s nothing between the ocean, the beach and a surreal Roman aqueduct to intrude on the perfect seaside landscapes.
Getting around Caesarea
A chartered tour from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Haifa is a convenient way to reach Caesarea. Caesarea does not have a bus system, but local buses from nearby Hadera occasionally service Caesarea throughout the day.