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Background on Achziv in the Holy Land

One of Israel’s northernmost beaches was once an ancient city that now boasts ruins and a national park. Achziv is located 3 miles (5 km) north of Nahariya and just shy of Lebanon. South of the park is Club Med resort village.

The Achziv National Park allows access to beaches with abundant sea life and a Crusader castle. The park is just south of Rosh Hanikra, the stunning white chalk cliffs.

History of Achziv in the Holy Land

The area was assigned to the tribe of Asher, but the Canaanite city was not absorbed into Israel until the time of King David. King Solomon later gave it to Hiram of Lebanon as part of a pact. The Assyrians conquered the city but it flourished under the Phoenicians as a port city. The city flourished again under the Crusaders who built a fortress here, the ruins of which can still be seen.

Highlights of Achziv in the Holy Land

Achziv National Park has a 55 shekel entry fee.  Sea turtles can be seen coming ashore to lay their eggs in July and August.

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