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Rosh Haniqra

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Rosh Haniqra (Hebrew: ראש הנקרה "head of the rock caves"; also transliterated Rosh Hanikra) is a dazzlingly white coastal rock cliff formation on the far North Coast of Israel, some 7 km (4.5 miles) north of Akhziv. Rosh Hanikra is the northernmost point on the Mediterranean shore of Israel, the place where the chalk mountain ridge meets the sea essentially marking the (still hot!) border with Lebanon to the north. Despite its precarious location, visitors are safe (being mostly underground) and are rewarded by the sweet smelling limestone caverns and emerald-blue pools. The immediate coast is studded with inlets, lagoons and small beaches. On a clear day, the city of Haifa can be seen to the south.

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Buses 32 and 33 from go to the site, about 6 times a day. The trip is about 10km each way, so it may be affordable by taxi if several people are traveling.

To get to Nahariah, take the train from Tel Aviv or the bus/sherut from Haifa.

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The base of the cliffs at Rosh Haniqra can be accessed by a cablecar that operates throughout the year and is open daily 8.30am-5pm.

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  • The Israeli-Lebanese border
  • The Rosh HaNikra islands
  • The Rosh HaNikra beach
  • A chain of grottoes has been carved out by the power of the waves at the foot of the chalk cliffs - these beautiful grottoes are the main attraction of Rosh Hanikra.
In the grottoes of Rosh Hanikra
  • During the Second World War the British dug a railway tunnel 250 meters long and built a bridge, as part of the Haifa - Beirut - Tripoli railway track.
Railway in the grotto of Rosh Hanikra

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