Hertzelia (Herzliya) is a city in the central coast of Israel, several kilometers north to Tel Aviv.
Hertzelia, named after Theodor Benjamin Zeev Herzl, was founded in 1924 as a semi-cooperative farming community. And till this day, on one of the entrances to Hertzelia (HaSira interchange) you can find Herzl’s statue.
As I mentioned above, part of Hertzelia resides along the coast, the richer part. Besides villas, beaches and several hotels you can also find the Arena mall with the marina.
Map of the area:
When the Arena mall was constructed next to the marina it was build with maritime motive in mind. It was also targeted at higher end buyers (the neighborhoods around it). But, not sure why, the mall was a failure. Maybe because many wealthy people know they are wealthy, thus they don’t need to prove anything. While medium class wants to prove they are doing ok, thus they are buying higher end clothes, jewelry and etc.
About two years ago the mall was in financial troubles and it was sold. Now you can find not only the high end stores there, but medium and lower ones as well. But, I can’t say there was a turnaround and it’s still not visited by many people. Most people go there just to walk along the beach/marina. As did I:
The arena mall is only several floors. All the floors above are hotels and residential/rental apartments.
If you’re in the area and want to take a stroll, or you want to rent a yacht, or even take several skipper lessons than this is the place.
Also, though most of the population is locals, the place looks like a tourist trap. Most restaurants vary from ok to terrible, thus I’d recommend eating at some other place.