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.
Buses 32 and 33 from Nahariyya 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.
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.
- 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.
- There is a cable car that takes you down to the caves and the water (100 m long)
- Tours are available of the actual cave itself. You are able to walk around inside the caves and peek through different parts to see the water on the other side
- 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.
- Rosh Haniqra actually leads to the gates that lead to the border between Israel and Lebanon as well as a gift shop where you can buy something to take home to remember your experience
Just to the south:
- The Rosh HaNikra islands
- The Rosh HaNikra beach
|Routes through Rosh Haniqra|
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