22 Jan

Shmuel Tamir Park

Shmuel Tamir Park


Crusader-era Fortress ruins at Apollonia

I continue to be amazed at the places we are able to walk to from our house in Herzliya Pituach. This morning, after a sumptuous breakfast at Benedict’s (where they serve breakfast all day) we walked to Apollonia National Park, located atop a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. The site has been host to a succession of settlements, the first of which was one founded by the Phoenicians in 6 BC. The main attraction today is a Crusader-era fortress, now in ruins.

It was a gorgeous day with the sun shining brightly in a cloudless sky. After breakfast I was obliged to shed my jacket which I had earlier donned against the morning chill. From the restaurant we walked through the thoroughly charming Shmuel Tamir Park, decorated with millstones arranged in a circle as if they were a henge of some sort. A few more minutes walk brought us to Apollonia National Park. The view from the fortress was drop dead gorgeous. The fortress itself was mostly in ruins but with enough of the walls and other features intact to give an idea of its layout and dimensions.

The only bad thing about the visit is that I twisted my foot while walking through the ruins. A real shame as I run all of my errands on foot these days.


3 Responses to “Apollonia”

  1. Domenica January 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    So sorry about your ankle… Hope you’re back on your feet in no time…

    • Lenora Genovese January 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks Domenica. My foot is just fine now. Wish I could say the same about my back. Pulled a muscle. Oi vey!


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    […] It was a beautiful day, the nearly cloudless sky was a brilliant blue while the sea was varying shades of teal and turquoise. A mild wind drove small white-capped waves toward the shore. We entered the beach near a popular spot and saw several sunbathers settled onto beach chairs and blankets. Our destination was further north to Apollonia. […]

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