Parks and Reserves

Iris Reserve

The Iris reserve is south of the city, close to the beach and is one of only two places in Israel, where you can still see the colorful bloom of rare and impressive flowers that grow in Israel. 

The Irises bloom in February – March and attract thousands of visitors from around the country who come to watch them bloom. 

Netanya Municipality works hard to preserve and enhance this reserve to ensure the survival of one of the rare flowers that grow in Israel.

​The Oak Forest

The eastern part of Netanya is in a accelerated stage of urbanization. New neighborhoods are being built and the open areas are turning into modern high rise complexes housing tens of thousands of people. 

The importance of keeping the green and healthy oak park is more important these days then ever before. It is more then just another wood in the Sharon. It is a space of green area between the buildings. 

Even though it is called the oak wood it mainly comprises eucalyptus trees that were planted here by the forestry department of the British local government in the first part of the 20th century.

​The Poleg Reserve

Bounds the city from the south. The Poleg Creek that runs through it collects the rainfalls from the hills of the southern Sharon. 

The creek is the habitat for two types of flora: sweet water plants as well as sand plants. 

Some of the rarest flowers of Israel can be found here such as the Sharon iris, lupin, and more. At the point where the creek meets the sea there is an enclosed area where the sea turtles lay their eggs.

​Winter Pond Reserve

The rare winter pond is in the southern part of Netanya, east of the sandstone cliff found by the sea shore. Every year, the winter rains flow into the pond area and make a small picturesque lake. The size and life-time of the lake depend on the amount of precipitation each year. 

During the spring months the “pond” attracts many travelers from all over Israel: nature lovers, painters, photographers, scholars and students. 

In the small area of the pond, life begins anew each winter: crabs, daphnia and various water insects – as many as 20 species, come to life in the pond’s water. 

More than 100 eucalyptus trees were planted around the pond in the 19th century and give a special look as they are ideal dwelling place for ravens, herons, crows and ring-necked parakeets.

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