Netanya, the largest city in the exclusive Sharon Plain, is situated on the captivating Mediterranean seashore. In recent years, Netanya has been transformed by an urban revolution that has firmly positioned it at the pinnacle of the Israeli and international arena.

Netanya’s remarkable urban revolution clinched two coveted awards in 2012:

Netanya, named in honor of prominent 19th century American merchant and philanthropist Nathan Straus, has undergone a host of transformations. From a small village, it became the “City of Diamonds” at the heart of the Israeli diamond industry, and today is renowned as a major tourist destination for myriads who flock to the sun and fun of Netanya’s “Israeli Riviera.”  

In recent years, Netanya has grown from an average-sized Israeli city to a major, developing urban center taking great pride in its advanced educational institutions, quality urban development, diverse sports activities, and feeling of security and belonging.

Moreover, the Netanya Municipality is dedicated to promoting full transparency, enabling each and every Netanya citizen to become aware of what is happening in the city and what the future holds.

Come join this city that blends nature, urban living and cultural activities---in a place that people love to call home!

Its fabulous design, high standard of living and beachfront location near the Iris Reserve have granted Azorim Ir Yamim an exclusive lifestyle that combines daily living with the feeling of an endless holiday.

And more and more people would love to taste the joys of this wonderful life.

The exclusive hotel area which will be built along the southern side of the neighborhood will enable tourists to feel for several moments what you feel every day, and to savor the nearness of the dazzling sea and the priceless Nature Reserve.

These luxurious hotels will attract discriminating tourists from the world over, adding a cosmopolitan aura to the Azorim Ir Yamim neighborhood.


Netanya, the largest city in the Sharon Plain region, is located in close proximity to Highway #2, the Coastal Highway connecting Netanya residents with Tel Aviv to the south and Haifa to the north. The city’s close proximity to major traffic arteries enables its citizens to enjoy a wonderful quality of life in this seaside locale, while being within easy commuting distance to main commercial and industrial workplaces throughout the region.

Commuters can also enjoy the convenience and rapid transport offered by Netanya’s two railway stations, the Netanya Station and the nearby Bet Yehoshua Station, which reach the suburbs and major business and industrial centers in central Israel.

Netanya promotes cultural and community events throughout the city, granting its citizens—children and adults alike-- a wide range of recreational, cultural and creative activities.

  • Heichal Hatarbut (“The Hall of Culture”)—home to a rich repertoire of theatrical performances and events by the finest Israeli troupes. The Hall also hosts a number of other top endeavors for the culture-minded city, such as the Gallery for the Plastic Arts featuring rotating exhibits by Israeli artists, the Netanya Chamber Orchestra, the Netanya Music Conservatory, and an educational center operated in conjunction with theNetanyaMunicipalitywhich has made exceptional achievements in creative and cultural education.


  •  Nature Reserve—Several stunning Nature Reserves in the Netanya area offer guided walking tours for the city’s residents to take in the delightful array of flowers and the blue sky above.
  • The Purple Iris Reserve-- located in the southern part of the city, near the seashore and theWinterRainpoolNaturePark. This nature reserve is one of the few places inIsrael to provide visitors with a glimpse of the vibrant, colorful irises in bloom. Irises are one ofIsrael’s rarest and most impressive flowers. “Iris season” takes place in February-March, attracting thousands of visitors to view the blooms.
  • The Winter Rainpool Nature ParkEach winter, in the southern part of the city, a rare winter rainpool is created. During the spring, this extraordinary site attracts numbers of hikers, artists, photographers, schoolchildren, botany students, and families to view the tiny stretch of earth which has aroused an entire ecosystem of flora and fauna to life. The 100 eucalyptus trees planted around the site in the 19th century lend a special majesty to the Nature Park visitors.
  • Netanya Park—One of the city’s greatest attractions, this park—adjacent to the Winter Rainpool—welcomes you and your children to enjoy magic moments of play and leisure. The Netanya Park is a cooperative venture of the Netanya Municipality and the Jewish National Fund.
  • The Poleg Nature Reserve—At the heart of this nature reserve in the southern part of the city is the Nachal Poleg stream, which fills with rainwater from the hills of the Sharon Plains. The rocky hills of the Nature Reserve become home to flora and fauna that bloom in streams and along coarse sandy earth. The Poleg Nature Reserve offers a look at rare Mediterranean and desert species. A Turtle Estuary in the nature reserve is a nesting spot for sea turtles, which come there during nesting season to lay their eggs. Thousands of nature lovers flock to the Estuary each year during the season, to marvel at the scene of the turtles’ return to the sea.

  • Museums and Galleries—The Netanya Museum features rotating exhibits by a diverse range of artists. In addition, the city abounds with galleries and city landmarks that welcome visitors to enjoy contemporary culture and stories from the past.


  • Community Activities—The Netanya Municipality initiates and operates a broad range of city-wide activities for children, adults, and senior citizens, including informative lecture series, hikes and fieldtrips across the city and the country, and more. 

Sukkot in Netanya--

In the not too distant past, before Netanya became a major tourist and cultural attraction, it was a small town where everyone knew everyone, and, of course, everyone went to the same places:

  •  Independence Square—Since the day this famous, central square in Netanya was founded in 1939, it has served as the venue for all major municipal ceremonies and events, and the spot where everyone met before and after they went out on the town. In 2012,Independence Squareis slated to undergo a major refurbishing to transform it into an interactive, dynamic center.


  •  Pundak HaYam—To this day, this legendary restaurant attracts discriminating diners from across the country who come to taste its delectable food served in a fascinating setting. Mention the “Pundak HaYam” Restaurant to any Netanya resident, and they’ll lick their lips—and zip right over for a sumptuous dish of tahini.


  • “Nitza” and “Roy”—Before the advent of shopping malls and coffee houses, every Netanya movie-goer stopped for a bite of falafel or ice cream after the flick at either “Nitza” or “Roy.”
  • This Week in NetanyaAlthough it’s not a physical location, This Week in Netanya is a major historical landmark in both Netanya and in Israel’s media realm as well. The very first local newspaper in Israel, This Week in Netanya was read religiously by Netanya residents -and every respectable Netanya resident settled down with the paper on Fridays to get caught up on the latest city gossip.

Netanya is one ofIsrael’s greenest cities, investing in recycling and environmental development for the wellbeing of its citizens. These efforts have led to Netanya being cited for a number of national prizes.


Netanya provides its citizens with a number of sports auditoriums, sports fields, bicycle trails and parks, and the Sportek Kiryat HaSharon.

In addition to the numerous sports facilities located throughout the city, there are also a number of strategically-placed fitness facilities for pedestrians to take a moment to stretch and strengthen their muscles.