A resident of Caesarea, Mara Joffe, tells what to do for a tourist in the city and its environs. Look at the ancient monuments Caesarea is an ancient coastal city of Israel, located south of Haifa. Once upon a time, King Herod lived here, and at the time of Roman procurators there was the residence of Pontius Pilate. The old part of the city is a real open-air museum: an ancient port with the remains of a breakwater dam, the ruins of a watchtower, columns and statues. The Roman aqueduct, built in the 2nd century, is well preserved, along which water flowed from the Carmel Mountains, like a pipe. The street of statues is a reminder of the Byzantine era. Here, on the remains of the mosaic floor, are two gigantic marble statues. A little further is the hippodrome, where there are tracks for horse racing. The Roman amphitheater was restored in 1961 and has since been used as a concert venue. Active archaeological excavations are ongoing in Caesarea today. Go to the museum In the Ralli Museum, you can trace the history of ancient Caesarea, admire old paintings on subjects from the Old Testament and get acquainted with the exhibition entitled “Dreams of King Herod”. It is known that Caesarea was the beloved brainchild of the king, who was called not only Herod the Bloody, but also Herod the builder. He wanted to build a magnificent city, and he succeeded. The exhibition presents numerous archaeological finds, models of the city from different times, photographs and stands dedicated to the tireless work of Herod the builder. Eat prawns The ancient harbor of the old part of the city is used as a public beach. There are many cafes and gift shops. There is a restaurant, towering on a cliff near the sea, with a wonderful view. Be sure to check out the shrimp restaurant (I don’t remember its name, but all the locals know it as a “shrimp restaurant”). All dishes, and there are a huge number of them, are prepared only from these seafood. Get Well New Caesarea is a small resort village adjacent to the open-air museum city. It is built up with luxurious white villas immersed in the lush greenery of the gardens, and numerous health complexes with pools and saunas. Also here is the largest golf club in the country. Watch how olive oil is extracted Zichron Yaakov, a small town cascading down the southern slope of the Carmel Mountains, is located near Caesarea. Here, in the mountains, overgrown with olive and banana groves, mountain Jews live. They demonstrate to tourists how they extracted olive oil 300-500 years ago. Olives are poured into huge millstones, working on the principle of a juicer, and manually twisted. Everyone can try the butter here, dipping freshly baked cakes into it. Try the local wine Zichron-Jacob is famous, first of all, as the center of winemaking. The city has the Carmel Mizrahi winery. And numerous wineries, the owners of which carefully preserve the traditions of their great-grandfathers. You can try local wine in any wine cellar of the city. You need to book a place in advance (a ticket costs $ 10). In the evening, long wooden tables are served with snacks and jugs of white and red wine. As soon as the jugs empty, the waiters fill them again. And so on until the morning. Music plays all night, even dancing on the tables is allowed. Take a walk along the Wine Road This is the name of the main street of the city – a-Measdim, that is, the Wine Road. Palm trees grow along it, old houses with tiled roofs are replaced by modern restaurants and cafes. Forged twisted fences, multi-colored lanterns on trees, flower gardens … Local residents seem to compete in decorating – each house is worthy of attention. Ceramic items are displayed near one in a glass box, bright flowers in pots are hung on the wall of the other, near the third, like in an open-air museum, household utensils are displayed: baskets, wooden dishes, straw products … Each house here is a kind of museum of the founding families cities. Everywhere there are memorial tablets, photographs depicting people, places, events.