Palmachim, a settlement in Israel just south of Tel Aviv, attracts many tourists in the summer with its beautiful coastline and sunny beaches. However, with its rich history – the first settlers came 3,500 years ago – there are so many things to check out, such as hiking trails with plants dating from ancient times. Writers atThe Times of Israel tell us all the reasons archeologists continue to excavate this historic and interesting land:
During the summer, 10,000-15,000 swimmers and sunbathers flock to the park each day. But unless you are only interested in sun and water, the best time to visit is a cool day in spring, fall or winter. That’s when one of Palmachim’s two easy trails (uncomfortably hot in the summer) are most fun. We tried the shorter trail one windy winters’ day, trekking through lush natural foliage and unusual excavations, while getting some great ocean views. We even spied a curious fox, but on another day we might have seen gazelles, gerbils, porcupines, wild boar or other non-human creatures.
The trails lead through a veritable jungle of tangled plants and blooming flowers on a ridge made of kurkar, a sand dune that fossilized over the millennia and turned into rock...
Palmachim features a picnic area full of information about the site’s history and wildlife, along with a brand new camping area. While developing the camping site, a tractor uncovered a quarry used by the Canaanites thousands of years ago to build Yavne Yam and probably other cities in the region. Later populations lived in the resulting cave, as evidenced by jars and perfume bottles found inside. One of the residents carved a window out of the rock, still visible today, and even built his family a yard.