A city on the northern outskirts of Tel Aviv, Herzliya is one of Israel’s most upwardly-mobile destinations for holidaymakers. Its location on the coast of the Red Sea makes it an ideal place to soak up the sun without risking the massive crowds which are sometimes seen in neighbouring countries such as Turkey and Greece. Herzliya has a reputation for being an upscale sort of place. One of its neighbourhoods is known for being a major local destination of choice for fine dining, shopping at expensive boutiques, staying in luxury hotels and yachting clubs, making it a great place to head for a luxurious seaside break. Adventure isn’t lacking here either, as deep-sea diving, sailing and kayaking are all popular activities.
For the smaller routes and the motorway, a typical hatchback is the best vehicle you could possibly drive in the city and on the highways when heading towards Tel Aviv.
Driving in Herzliya
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Important things to note
Highway 2 and Highway 20 are the two main routes going into and out of Herzliya, the former running along the coast.
To visit Herzliya Pituach, you will need a car, as public transport doesn’t serve this part of the city particularly well.
In all likelihood, traffic heading in the direction of Tel Aviv is likely to be heavier than that going the opposite way on weekdays.
Highlights & Hotspots
In Herzliya City, Herzliya Art Museum is the best place to visit if you feel a cultural activity is in order. The museum is home to multiple modern artworks, many of which by Israeli artists, as well as a few international names.
History buffs will be fascinated by Apollonia-Arsuf, an excavated Greco-Roman city which existed around 2,000 years ago. The site has a Crusader fortress at its highest point and can be reached easily by road.
The beach in Herzliya Pituach is definitely worth a look. Here, you can go deep-sea diving, kayaking, sailing or swimming. For diving, lessons are available, while if you get deep enough, you can head towards the beautiful reefs.
If you fancy some retail therapy, the best place to go in the city is Sokolov, the main street. As one of the most colourful spots in Herzliya, it’s packed with falafel stalls, cafes, souvenir shops and even has the odd boutique.
The nearest major airport is Sde Dov, which offers domestic flights to other parts of Israel. It is three miles south-southeast of Herzliya and can be reached directly via the 2 highway, which becomes an expressway.
Ben-Gurion Airport, which is around 12 miles southeast of the city, can be reached by the 5 highway, which then goes east onto the 6. Going south then west on the 1 will get you there.