Apollonia National Park

22.05.2019

This gorgeous 13th century fortress site offers a rare and exciting look at one of the most ancient crusader castles in the world with stunning views out over the Mediterranean Sea.

מנו_גרינשפן_אפולוניה_(91).jpg Apollonia National Park. Photo Credit: Manu Grinshpan

Treat yourselves to an epic crusader adventure just 15 min. away from Tel-Aviv!

This gorgeous 13th century fortress site (also known as the ancient city and fortress of Arsuf) offers a rare and exciting look at one of the most ancient crusader castles in the world with stunning views out over the Mediterranean Sea. also nearby, you can see the remains of a Roman villa and the well-kept 13th-century Sidni Ali Mosque.
The site also offers you and your family a wonderful day out with many hiking and picnic opportunities. It has both paved routes and dirt ones so it’s fully accessible to everyone. There are also picnic grounds and grassy sand dunes in the adjacent Hof Hasharon National Park so Just bring a picnic lunch and enjoy!

As for you history and archaeology lovers out there, the park is built around the historical ruins of a crusader’s strong keep that is still partially intact and has a lot of informational boards and maps that give you insight to the history of the castle (inhabited for 18 successive centuries). With stunning lookout points and a tour of the ancient ruins you’re in for a real treat.

So whenever you get a bit overwhelmed by the fast-paced Tel-Aviv life and feel the need to take a break, this awesome national park is where you’d wanna go for a unique day trip experience that is both Easily accessible and not far from Tel-Aviv (site is only 15 minutes drive north of Tel Aviv).