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Family Travel – Northern Israel with Kids

Our last trip with my parents was to the North Coast to see Akko and Haifa. This was the first trip I’d planned where we just weren’t able to do everything we’d hoped, simply because everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) took longer than we’d planned.

My parents left early on Friday morning with the kids to go see Haifa while I was working. I joined them that evening at the apartment we’d booked in Nahariyya (this time through booking.com, as AirBnB for the same apartment was almost 50% more expensive). We unpacked, then walked to the beach to put our toes in the Mediterranean and eat dinner on the beach.

Travel with Kids - Dad and Grace at the beach in Nahariyya
Dad and Grace at the beach

Travel with Kids - View of the sea in Nahariyya in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - Dining on the beach in Nahariyya in Northern Israel

Akko

Saturday morning, we drove to Akko to see the Hospitaler castle and the ruins (and the souk, of course). I’d visited Akko previously, but it was a different experience with kids and my parents.

Travel with Kids - ruins in Akko in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - Akko in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - kids roaring in Akko in Northern Israel
“ROAR”

The first thing we did after coffee was walk through the recently discovered Crusader Tunnel. Dad was a little surprised to discover that he had to duck in some places, but both my parents and the kids thought it was very cool.

Travel with Kids - Dad and Grace in the Templar Tunnel in Akko in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - Templar Tunnel Akko in Northern Israel

After the tunnel, we got lost in the Old City walking to the castle, and everyone was hungry and crabby by the time we finally got there. At the entrance to the fortress, there’s a pretty shaded garden where we sat and ate a big snack. The kids thought the castle was cool, but it wore on them quickly. My parents really enjoyed it, though.

Travel with Kids - Crusader Castle in Akko in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - Dining hall of the Crusader Castle Akko in Northern Israel

After the castle, we had lunch at Ouda’s, an excellent seafood restaurant in the souk that had been recommended by a friend. The service was typically Israeli; however, the fish was pretty good (and the price was excellent). At that point, we were actually exhausted and ready to go home, but we’d left our drivers licenses at the Hospitaler castle in exchange for our audio guides, and they were, of course, waiting for us at the next stop in the tour, the Turkish baths.

Travel with Kids - Best Fish in Akko in Northern Israel
Best Fish in Akko

I took the kids back to the car so they could nap in the air conditioning, and my parents continued on their own.

Once we were back in Nahariyya, we had dinner at the Penguin, a Nahriyya institution. The restaurant was cute, the service was good, and the food was excellent.

Hov Anchiv

I had big plans to visit the Israel-Lebanon border and a winery on Sunday, but we were tired and my parents wanted to spend some peaceful time with the kids. Instead, we went to the Hov Anchiv nature reserve outside of Naharriya. On the way, we had what I expect will be the nicest gas station breakfast we will ever have.

The beach at the nature reserve was beautiful. Stunningly clean sand and even better, the water was enclosed by a natural rock barrier, reinforced by the Isreali Park service. It was a perfect place for the kids to enjoy the sand and the sea.

Travel with Kids - Playing at the beach at Achziv in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - Playing at the beach at Achziv in Northern Israel

Travel with Kids - Beautiful Beach at Achziv in Northern Israel

Travel with kids - Ruins at Achziv in Northern Israel
Roman Ruins, according to our guidebook

Yes, another picnic lunch (I love picnics! I can’t help it!), and then we piled back in our cars to drive back to Jerusalem.

Family Travel - Northern Israeli with KidsFamily Travel - Northern Israeli with Kids

8 thoughts on “Family Travel – Northern Israel with Kids

  1. I want to thank you for posting these. They’re awesome – I end up learning a little bit of history each time. (And your kids are adorable!)

  2. First off, your kids are darling. <3

    I've been thinking about visiting myself, with hesitation – but after seeing your post and taking your kids, I feel some level of parental comfort. So thank you for sharing.

  3. Interesting travel destination, I don’t know why I have never thought about travelling Israel. I wonder how long you guys stayed there and how was Turkish bath?? :)

    1. Totally safe for tourism! The Turkish bath itself is a replica for show only. I’m told there are real ones, but I haven’t visited them yet.

  4. Sometimes all you want to do is relax by the beach, even if you have made plans already. It happened to me too during my last trip. I didn’t know anything about Israel’s countryside until I read your article. I would like to visit the Hospitaler castle and the Crusader Tunnel, they look really cool.

    1. Omniya, I have spent time in Jerusalem and the occupied territories too. It’s a complex place to live, and one that is often beautiful and terrible at the same time. Best to you!

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