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  • Address: Caesarea, Israel
About 2,000 years ago, Israel’s beautiful fishing port of Caesarea was a Roman capital, dedicated to Caesar Augustus. Today, it is one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, with archaeological ruins, beautiful beaches and an impressive Roman theater. 

Caesarea was built by Herod the Great over 12 years, from 25-13 BC, and was one of the grandest cities in the area with a deep sea harbor, aqueduct, hippodrome and amphitheater, which is still utilized today. The site holds concerts and other performances, while the hippodrome, although still identifiable, is now a banana field. It is smaller than the Circus Maximus in Rome but still held 20,000 spectators for chariot races at one point.

Caesarea’s harbor is an engineering marvel with both an inner and outer area. It was constructed using hydraulic concrete to create breakwaters. Caesarea Aqueduct Beach, on the other hand, is considered one of the best beaches in Israel. As its name suggests, there is an ancient aqueduct marking its edge.

If you are interested in museums, Philanthropist Harry Recanti founded the city’s Ralli Museum, which includes galleries that focus on Latin American and Sephardic Jewish artwork. The city even boasts an underwater museum, where visitors can dive through ancient ruins.

Practical Info

Caesarea is located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, near the city of Hadera. There is an entry fee to Caesarea National Park, and getting to the area via public transportation can be difficult. Most visitors to Caesarea book organized tours from cities like Jerusalem, as it’s the most efficient transportation method.  If you plan to lounge on the beach, take note there is no lifeguard on duty.

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Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv

4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 Reviews

Explore Israel's ancient Roman cities and ports on a fascinating day trip from Tel Aviv. From the shores of the Mediterranean to the border of Lebanon, you ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.00
Caeserea and Rosh Hanikra Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Historical & Heritage Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Caeserea and Rosh Hanikra Day Trip from Jerusalem

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Explore Israel's ancient Roman cities and ports on a fascinating day trip from Jerusalem. From the shores of the Mediterranean to the border of Lebanon, you ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.00
Private Tour to Caesarea and Haifa, Tel Aviv, Historical & Heritage Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour to Caesarea and Haifa

This tour will take you to two different places, two different history periods - and both are at a very close distance from one another. UNESCO Site of ancient ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: Flexible

From USD $643.00

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