Get ready for outdoor adventures in Ma'alot-Tarshiha, a lively city surrounded by forests and mountains. You can explore the ruins of an ancient hilltop fortress and relax on the banks of a picturesque lake. Head west to beach hop along the Mediterranean coast and visit the lively resort town of Nahariya.
Things to do in Ma'alot-Tarshiha
Rent a boat and enjoy a scenic paddle around Monfort Lake. Emerald green lawns surround the lake and create the perfect setting for sunbathing and picnics. Next to the lake is an activity centre with an indoor ice-skating rink and go-kart track. Off-road buggy adventures take you into the rugged countryside and will get your pulse racing.
Explore the ruins of an ancient hilltop castle in Yehi'am Fortress National Park. The oldest parts of the fortress date to the Crusader and Ottoman eras. Walk through the enormous 18th-century gate to discover the sandstone mosque and cavernous reception hall. Climb the semicircular Crusader tower for panoramic views over the fort and surrounding forest. In other parts of the park, you’ll find the remains of a centuries-old Byzantine monastery and Roman stronghold.
Use Ma'alot-Tarshiha as a base to explore the sparkling Mediterranean coast. Achziv National Park is an easy day trip from the city and features turquoise lagoons framed by rocky cliffs. Swim at the family-friendly beach, picnic on the grass and explore the ruins of an ancient Phoenician port.
Visit Nahariya and stroll along the breezy seafront promenade. The coastal town is popular with local holidaymakers and features a bustling main street lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Relax on the golden sand beach and swim in the crystalline water. Rent snorkel gear to explore the underwater cliffs and grottoes just offshore.
Getting around Ma'alot-Tarshiha
Ma'alot-Tarshiha is in the North District, a 20-minute drive from Nahariya, 45 minutes from Haifa and 2.5 hours from Tel Aviv. Trains run between Tel Aviv and Nahariya in under two hours. Ben Gurion Airport is a 2.5-hour drive away.