Netanya is a prominent oceanfront city located in the Northern Central District of Israel serving as the capital of the surrounding Sharon plain. The city of Tel Aviv is situated about thirty kilometres to the south. A concentration of pristine beaches makes Netanya a popular tourist attraction and provides for the growing residential population.
The most popular things to do in Netanya include paragliding, hiking, jeep tours, horseback riding, sail boating and relaxing on the sprawling expanse of oceanfront divided into multiple beaches. There are many shopping opportunities provided by Hadarim Mall and Hasharon Mall as well as cultural attractions such as the Well House, Tribes of Israel Pearl Museum and Hall of Culture. Other points of interest include the Victory Monument and Shefayim Water Park.
The city of Netanya is well connected by public transit incorporating both buses and a railway station. The Netanya Railway Station is the main railway hub, situated close to the city centre. Railway transfers to the Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station serve as the closest public connection to aviation transit.
The area was first officially inhabited by farming settlers in the late 1920s. The city’s rapid growth led to its establishment as a prominent commercial centre by the late 1930s, initiated by an official motorway connection to the larger city of Tel Aviv.