Tel Dor National Park
Meet Tel Dor National Park
A unique site on the coast with a breathtaking view, nature and heritage, land and sea, and a rich past and present. On a tour of Tel Dor, the ancient port city, you’ll discover many interesting elements – the sea and the people who chose to live near it, the importance of preserving the heritage of the past and the task of protecting our marine and coastal environment. With one foot in the past and one in the present, you’ll walk along the beach through a beautiful inlet. You’ll ascend the kurkar (calcareous sandstone) ridge and discover the fascinating history of the port city of Dor, where more than 20 shipwrecks have been found, and you’ll discover the richness of the marine reserve today.
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- On Saturdays, visits to Tel Dor National Park are on a first-come-first-serve basis; reservations are not required
- No entrance fee to the national park.
- The beach is not an officially declared bathing beach. Bathing is prohibited.
- Points of interest:
The beach with its inlets is a rich habitat for plants and animals.
- Remains of an ancient and important port and the biblical city of Dor.
- A variety of walking trails at varying levels of difficulty.
- Accessible trail (suitable for strollers and wheelchairs) ascends to Tel Dor, at the foot of which is a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Carmel coast.
- The Ridge Trail. The trail ascends to the kurkar (calcareous sandstone) ridge and passes through charming inlets and archaeological remains.
- Connection to the marked trail to the HaBonim Beach Nature Reserve.
- Spectacular lookouts.
- Entrance and visitor service center.
- The Mizgaga Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Glass – South of the national park is the Mizgaga Museum with finds from the excavations at Dor on land and underwater. There is an entrance fee to the Mizgaga Museum; entry by reservation only
The construction of the glass factory (mizgaga in Hebrew) was initiated by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1891 to produce glass bottles for the wineries.
The museum contains finds from archaeological excavations on land and underwater at Tel Dor and the nearby inlets. It showcases a variety of subjects, such as the production of the blue dye called tchelet, the story of Napoleon, ancient Greece, ancient and contemporary glass and recycling. Over the years the glass factory became a charming and unusual museum presenting astonishing finds alongside changing exhibitions of glass artists from Israel and abroad.
Tel Dor National ParkUseful Information
Last entry at least one hour before closing time, to allow you to fully enjoy the siteSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
- The Ridge Trail is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs for 850 meters and includes lookouts toward the sea, signage and rest areas. Toilets, the park entrance area and the shop are also accessible, and there are five disabled parking spaces.
- The beach is not accessible.
Entry to dogs is permitted when leashed and muzzled.
No entrance fee
From highway 4 turn west toward Kibbutz Nahsholim. Pass the entrance to the kibbutz, continue on an unpaved road northward toward the Nahsholim cemetery and follow the signs
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