Caesarea Attractions

Caesarea is a highly popular destination in Israel. Situated on the Mediterranean’s shore, you'll find it halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. Caesarea offers no small number of attractions and activities for couples, children and even options for people on their own. The jewel in the Caesarea’s crown is the ancient Roman port built by King Herod in the Caesarea National Park. Find out more about it on our Caesarea National Park page, as well as numerous other activities worth your time in Caesarea.

Caesarea attractions

What to do in Caesarea

Caesarea is a city in its own right, with a lot of interest factors, but without a doubt the highlight is the National Park and its antiques, which give visitors a unique view of the world of luxury enjoyed by ancient Romans. It’s not that Israel of today lacks luxurious places but guests often choose Caesarea as a place to relax and enjoy the classy indulgence offered by the region. The same was true of the ancient world: people would come from the world over to enjoy the city which, in the opinion of many, was the peak of Roman prestige and luxury in Israel at the time.

If you'd like to get to know cancerous better, and the important roles it played in the ancient world, first get to know King Herod, the man who renovated the city. At the time it held a tiny seaport, gifted to Herod by the Roman Caesar.

Herod was a cruel king, and mentioned as such in historical records, but he was also a visionary builder. Many of his structural projects stand to this day in modern Israel, rousing appreciation and wonder.

Among the castles, fortresses and other structures he built, Caesarea is a unique wonder: a luxurious port city, known throughout the ancient world because of its beauty, its cultural events, it resplendent Roman architecture and artworks, and the advanced services enjoyed by the locals. In Caesarea, as in other locations, Herod showed that with suitable resources, stunning architectural works can be achieved even when they don’t correlate with the site’s natural conditions. So don’t miss out on these when you visit the National Park:

The Reef Palace

The reef palace is noteworthy for its sweet-water pool, the pillared court facing the sea, and other areas typical of Roman castles at the time. Currently you can see the remains of the pool’s perimeter, some of the mosaic works, and the palace’s overall layout.

The Hippodrome

One of the favorite entertainment options among nobles in ancient Rome was watching the horse and chariot races, as well as the occasional creative killings carried out. As befits a king fully invested in showing off, Herod built a magnificent hippodrome on the shore, half of which can be seen to this day. Take a seat and look into the area where these races were held. In fact, once in a while equestrian shows are still held there.

The Theater

Even if you’ve been at a Caesarea performance its worth spending some time visiting the National Park to take a closer look at the Roman theater and appreciating its size and beauty. The theater served the ancient city’s residents and guests as one of its main entertainment hotspots.

things to do in Caesarea

CAESAREA: A SIGN OF PRESTIGE TO THIS DAY

When you discover Caesarea’s attractions and their history, it’s little wonder that the city and its surrounds have become a mark of wealth and prestige, with luxury homes and quality entertainment spots. Caesarea of today offers gourmet restaurants, art galleries, and wonderful vacation options.

Among them are  the Dan Caesarea Resort, built around a unique concept geared to ensuring guests enjoy a truly pleasant vacation without ever needing to leave the hotel or Caesarea. Our luxury resort offers services that speak “the good life” such as the billiard table in the center of the main pool, the gym outfitted with top quality latest equipment, a spacious stylized spa offering an array of wellness treatments for body and mind, expansive outdoor areas that encourage relaxation and resting as couples, families or just reading a good book alone. Our outdoor spaces also contain wooden booths for children and people who love the concept.

And what about the rest of the city? Resort guests can enjoy free of charge luxury jeep transportation to the old city, to the beach, to the ancient port, and so on. The service operates up to the evening.

 

Where to eat in and around Caesarea?

Aresto is a kosher café in Caesarea port offering outstanding pizza, pasta dishes, focaccia, and salads. Reach it by walking through the city’s archeological excavations and perhaps coming across some bridal parties taking their wedding photos in the area. The café has an outdoor area that opens to sea views. Ever since the area’s closure to vehicles, even little kids can safely play nearby without bothering diners.

In Zichron Yaakov’s  upper main street a short drive from Caesarea, you'll find the Tishbi Winery café which offers delicious chocolate desserts. Don’t miss their array of tasty dishes which alters on a daily basis. You'll always find something great to eat there.

For a meat based meal, it’s worth heading to Koya in Caesarea. Choose from steaks, hamburgers and special sandwiches. The menu includes children’s meals and a rich alcohol menu.

Sushi? You'll enjoy the Agenda Café and Sushi Bar in Caesarea. The menu includes regular breakfast options such as eggs, sandwiches, salads and toast, and a wide array of evening choices that include pizza, pasta and fish.