Now that summer’s here and people are flocking to the various beaches in the country, it seems like Bat-Yam offers you a little peace and tranquility. With its under-developed beach landscapes, they have left a little of the original nature and charm for you to enjoy during your visit. There is a different air that I felt while visiting the Bat-Yam promenade and I really enjoyed that breath of fresh air. The waters are so clear and have lovely blue hues that you can view, perfectly, for miles either way from above the beach, on street level. Rishon Le-Zion is still one of my favorite beaches in Israel, but I really did like how cozy I felt while walking around the Bat-Yam promenade. Here is further information about this lovely city,
“In the years following Israel’s creation, Bat Yam grew dramatically due to mass immigration and gained city status in 1958. A small Hasidic enclave of Bobover Hasidim, known as Kiryat Bobov, was established in 1959. The city gained a sizeable community of Jews from Turkey (est. 23% of the population). Bat Yam again experienced a period of rapid growth in the early 1980s to the late 1990s with the mass immigration of Jews from the formerSoviet Union, and Ethiopia. There is also a fairly large Arab community in Bat Yam, both Muslim and Christian many of whom relocated from Jaffa. The vast majority of Vietnamese-Israelis or Vietnamese people of Israeli origin, live in Bat Yam.
In 2008 the Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, which is devoted to re-examining urban spaces through art and architecture, was held in Bat Yam. In 2010 the second Biennale, “Timing” took place,which featured site-specific installations from designers and architects from around the world. The city has two shopping malls, Kanyon Bat Yam, which opened in 1993, and Kanyon Bat Yamon.
The location of Bat Yam on the Mediterranean makes it popular with beach-goers. Bat Yam has a 3.2 kilometers long promenade along the ocean lined with pubs and restaurants. The city has six beaches, one of which is protected by a breakwater. The Museum of Bat Yam exhibits contemporary art. Other museums include the Ben Ari Museum and Ryback Museum that houses the work of Issachar Ber Ryback. There is also a museum in the memory of the Yiddish writer Sholem Asch, who lived his last years in Bat Yam, and a small Holocaust museum.”
“The Bat Yam Promenade has an additional importance: beyond the fact that it touches on the city’s coastline, once in two years the Urban Landscape Architecture Biennale takes place on it and its surroundings, and once a year a Street Theater Festival, one of the largest and most fascinating of its kind in Israel. But there is no need to wait that long in order to enjoy the Bat Yam Promenade. Along almost three kilometers you will find beautiful access paths to the beach, many benches and gardens with flowers and trees, marked footpaths, children’s playgrounds (the central one includes an installation with numerous slides). Playing areas, various cultural and musical events that take place here every once in a while, and of course cafés and restaurants. At the Bat Yam Promenade it is beautiful at any time of the day, and especially in the evening. The Bat Yam Promenade is a part of Derech Ben Gurion Street.”
“Bat-Yam is a few kilometers south of Tel-Aviv and because of its central location, it is the ideal starting point for a complete tour of Israel: Jerusalem in the east, the Negev Desert and the Dead Sea in the south, Haifa, the Galilee and the Golan Heights in the north.
- only 10 minutes away from Tel Aviv
- 3.5 kms of splendid beaches, one protected by breakwaters, all perfectly well maintained and serviced: lifeguards, sunshades, deckchairs, changerooms, children playground, newly designed cafes-restaurants straight on the shore, opened from morning till night. One beach offers separate bathing
- variety of water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, hang-gliding, para-gliding
- Opposite the “Man Rock” Beach, the open-air Amphitheater, hosts on summer evenings, outdoor dances and performances by renowned artists.”
- Map of Bat-Yam, Official City Site
- http://www.touristisrael.com/bat-yam/4958/ Great!
- http://www.deve-arc.com/onthewaytothesea.html (photos)
- The Best Beach for Surfers! (Photos)
- 7 Best Beaches in Israel, from Tourist Israel
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