Family Fun Among the Dunes of Nitzanim
Touring Israel with your children? Spend a day at the Nitzanim sand dune park for some really fun family time. Nitzanim is a nature reserve that protects a beautiful beach, sand dune-covered planes, and native Mediterranean plants such as the rare old ficus sycamore tree. If you look carefully, you might also spot some cool animals, including deer, rodents and monitor lizards (at over 43 inches, these are Israel’s largest).
A few decades ago, the coastline of Israel was dotted with sand dunes, but construction has destroyed almost all of them. The last few remaining dunes are located in Nitzanim, between the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon. The park is spread over 11 square kilometers and its main attraction is the ability to climb up to the top of the sand dunes and roll down them. For children, the dunes provide hours of entertainment.
The nature reserve also features hiking trails, which showcase the abundant plant life of the region. Once you have finished jumping on sand dunes and hiking, cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.
Nitzanim can get extremely hot, especially in the summer, so it is best to time your visit for early morning or late afternoon. In late winter and spring, the park is at its most green, and the red anemones are in bloom.
Adjacent to the nature reserve is Kibbutz Nitzanim, where you can learn about the famous battle that occurred there in the War of Independence, when Israeli forces were forced to surrender to the Egyptians.