This vibrant seaside recreation spot, Israel’s northernmost coastal town, was built along the banks of a river lined with eucalyptus trees. (The town's name comes from nahar, Hebrew for "river.") The town is popular with vacationing Israelis who throng the small shops and cafés along the main street, Haga’aton Boulevard. European visitors, too, appreciate the lively atmosphere and the white-sand beaches. One of the region's most beautiful stretches of sand is just at the end of the main street. Achziv Beach, just 4 km north of town, is one of the country’s finest.
Although German was once the most common language here, these days you're just as likely to hear Russian or Amharic (spoken by Ethiopians). In July and August, there's dancing in the amphitheater at the mouth of the river, and Israeli stars perform on the beach and in the town square.