Hof Palmahim National Park was declared in 2003, and covers an area of 221 dunams, with three main components:
At the site ancient waterworks and agricultural apparatus have been excavated, alongside the flowering sea daffodils and other typical coastal vegetation.
In addition to its importance in terms of both natural and human heritage, the sandy shore is a focus of attraction for many visitors and tourists as a free and attractive coastal strip in central Israel.
To the east of the sandy shore is a kurkar cliff. The estuary of the Soreq stream is to the north, part of the Soreq Stream Estuary National Park.
The Nature and Parks Authority has prepared the beach for bathing, marked out walking trails, and is involved in the archaeological excavations in the national park. In terms of nature conservation, it rescues sea turtle eggs and, after the hatchlings emerge, releases them safely into the sea.
In the area of the dunes, white broom (Retama raetam) is very common, with its abundant white blossoms appearing in February. Another common shrub is the mugwort (Artemisia monosperma). These plants are also characteristic of desert dunes. Close to the shore the wind carries salt spray from the sea, and the plants here have become resistant to it: beach morning glory (Ipomoea stolonifera) tends to grow out flat, sea cudweed (Otanthus maritimus) develops a thick cover of hairs, and the sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) has a thick waxy layer covering its leaves. The coastal plants flower mainly during summer nights, because that is when the wind dies down and does not disturb the pollinating insects.
Within the national park is a rich world of wildlife, including large mammals such as the Palestine mountain gazelle (Gazella gazella), the jackal (Canis aureus), the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), and the wild boar (Sus scrofa). These animals enjoy both the hinterland of the dunes and the cultivated fields outside the park. There are also creatures that are unique to the sandy habitat, such as the sand snake (Lytorhynchus diadema), the Nidua fringe-fingered lizard (Acanthodactylus scutellatus), and the Günther's cylindrical skink (Chalcides guentheri).
Turn off Road 4 at Gan Rave intersection, and from there to En HaKore intersection. Continue westward on Road 4311 to the very end. A few hundred meters after Kibbutz Palmahim (a good point for GPS), you will reach the shore. On the way, you pass by the Soreq Stream Estuary National Park.
The reference point of Hof Palmahim National Park is: 71709/648123
April 22, 2016 – ever of Passover: Bathing beach closes at 3 pm
October 2, 2016 – eve of New Year: Bathing beach closes at 3 pm
October 11, 2016 – eve of Day of Atonement: Bathing beach closes at 2 pm
Telephone: 03-7265633, 03-7263902
Further details on activities and tours for groups only can be obtained from the Central District Guidance Unit at 08-6220835
Prices of entry are for each separate day (until midnight).
There is computerized parking on the beach – collected throughout the day.
Take a ticket on entering the beach, and pay at the payment stations at your convenience before exiting.
Parking fee for private vehicles between February 2, 2016 and April 15, 2016, every day of the week: NIS 10
Disabled – on presentation of certificate only
(applies only to certificate holder – not to the vehicle)
Gan Rave residents – entry conditional on registration with local council.
To receive the discount, please go to the beach offices to encode the discount – before payment!
Annual subscriptions for cars are available
The subscription gives entry to Palmahim National Park only, at a cost of:
NIS 380 for first car
NIS 260 for second car
Put the card into the ticket machine at the entrance gate to the beach, wait (without pressing anything) about three seconds until the parking ticket is automatically issued from the machine. It will already have the 50% discount, and all you need to do is pay it at the payment station.
Paying without arranging the discount means waiving the discount or exemption, and cannot be appealed. To arrange the discount – go to the beach office.
Dogs may be brought in under the following conditions:
This is a quiet beach and the use of amplifiers, sound systems and generators is prohibited.