This Friday morning, we decided to hike along the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv.
Note: this river begins at Yarkon National Park.
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Map of the area:
The source of the Yarkon River is at Yarkon National Park, not far from Petah Tikva. It flows west through Gush Dan and Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park into the Mediterranean Sea.
Yarkon probably comes from the Hebrew word “Yarok”, which means green. Though not sure whether the intention was to the greenish water or the plants and trees around it.
Along the river, you can find green spaces and various attractions, mostly sports-related. There are also bicycle and running lanes. But I have to warn you, don’t try to swim in this river. It’s polluted and can be dangerous (many blame the Reading Power Station for the pollution).
Here is a map of Yarkon River and attractions around it:
You can also find this map on the official site at http://www.park.co.il/files/maps/ganeiyahoshua-m.pdf
Revitalizing the River
In 1988, the Yarkon River Authority was established to revitalize the river and make sections of it suitable for sailing, fishing, swimming and other recreation. Water quality improved after the construction of modern sewage treatment plants in Hod Hasharon and Ramat Hasharon. The river was dredged to restore its original depth and natural flow. River banks were raised and reinforced, hiking and bicycling paths were built, and picnic and fishing areas were developed with the help of contributions from the Australian Jewish community via the Jewish National Fund.
Hiking Along the River
From Reading Power Station we started to walk to the West. After several minutes we reached the Daniel Rowing Center:
In the mornings you can see many athletes training in the river:
Further ahead, next to Bar Yehuda Bridge:
And if you want to sail at the river by yourself you can rent a boat at Yarkon River sailing. There are different types of boats, both with engines and without. The only downside is the price. For most types of boats, it starts at 100 NIS per hour. Therefore these boats are usually standing. But, this gives me an opportunity to photograph them 😉
The left side is for pedestrians and the right is for bicycles:
Beneath the Namir Road bridge:
Rosh Tsipor Bridge (next to Ayalon bridge)
View west from the Rosh Tsipor Bridge:
Cats under the Ayalon bridge:
As you can see on the Rosh Tsipor Bridge we passed to the other side of the Yarkon River and this is my last photo before we turned back:
According to google maps, until now we passed approximately 3 km.
Billboard showing the wildlife species that can be found in this area:
Back to Namir Road bridge:
Skyscrapers don’t let you forget that you are in the middle of the city:
I wonder if these are the same ducks from before:
The route along the northern side of Yarkon River is part of Israel National Trail (the trail that crosses the entire country of Israel). Thus, at least some people, consider this route along the river as one of the more beautiful ones Israel has to offer.
Breakfast at Tel Aviv Port
Then we went to Tel Aviv port in search of breakfast. And again our experience was mediocre. Tel Aviv port is a tourist spot and there are not many good restaurants there. Thus, check ratings before selecting a restaurant or a cafe.
And I will finish with a photo of a dog that was waiting for his owners next to a restaurant. I am not a fan of people leaving their dogs in such a manner, but at least this dog’s owner left him a cup of water.
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!
Check out the Tel Aviv-Yafo page for additional attractions nearby.
Here are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.
And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.