The beautiful beach at Dor is fit for a king—not surprising since it has a royal history. Founded 3,500 years ago, biblical Dor was once the maritime capital of the Carmel coast. The best harbor between Jaffa (near present-day Tel Aviv) and Akko, it was a target for many with imperial ambitions, from the ancient Egyptians and the "Sea Peoples" through to King Solomon and on down. It was renowned in antiquity for its precious purple dye; reserved for royalty, this hue was extracted from a mollusk that was abundant along the coast. Today, as you watch fishing boats bob in the sheltered bays, you can complement your suntanning with a swim to a small offshore island, a visit to a diving site, or a break at a pub.


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