Search
Close this search box.

Tel Dor National Park

Exploring Israel

Let’s Get to know Tel Dor National Park! The park is a unique spot along Israel’s shoreline with a breathtaking view! Including lots of nature and rich history. On a tour of Tel Dor, the ancient port city, we will learn about a variety of interesting topics: For example the sea, the people who choose to live near it; the importance of preserving the past and heritage, and the task of preserving our marine and coastal environment. With one foot in the past and the other in the present, we will walk along a beautiful rugged beach, climb the kurkar stone ridge, discover the fascinating history of the port city of Dor, where more than 20 sunken ships were found, and get to know the richness of the marine reserve today.



History and Archaeology of Tel Dor National Park

Archaeologists point out that the importance of Tel Dor is that it is the only natural harbor on the Levant coast south of the Ladder of Tyre, and thus was occupied continuously from Phoenician times until the late 18th century. According to Josephus, however, its harbor was inferior to that of Caesarea.

Dor is mentioned in the 3rd-century Mosaic of Rehob as being a place exempt from tithes, seeing that it was not settled by Jews returning from the Babylonian exile in the 4th century BCE. Emil Schürer suggests that Dor, along with Caesarea, may have initially been built towards the end of the Persian period.



Where Can You See Some of the Archaeological Finds?

The historic ‘Glasshouse Museum building, located in kibbutz Nahsholim, some 500 meters south of the site itself, now houses the Center for Nautical and Regional Archaeology at Dor, consisting of the expedition workrooms and a museum displaying the finds from Tel Dor and its regions such as documenting the city’s importance in the ancient world as a manufacturer of the prestigious azure and crimson colors from sea snails. The house is an old glass-making factory from the 19th century built by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild.

Directions to Tel Dor

From Highway 4, turn west toward Kibbutz Nachsholim. Pass the entrance to the kibbutz and continue on a dirt road north towards the Nachsholim cemetery. From there, follow the signs!

Tel Dor National Park Opening Hours

Summer hours:
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
Friday and holiday eves: 8 am – 4 pm
Winter hours:
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
Friday and holiday eves: 8 am – 3 pm
Holiday eves: 8 am – 1 pm
Yom Kippur eve: 8 am – 1 pm


arik-about

Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Ashkelon National Park

RELATED POSTS

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate, also known as the Gate of Mercy, is one of the most famous entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. Don't miss ...

Nebi Yusha Fort

Nebi Yusha Fort is a place that inspires the emotions of pain, for the price paid for independence, worth visiting if you are in the ...

Tel Gezer

Tel Gezer is an archaeological site in the foothills of the Judaean Mountains, roughly midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is now an Israeli ...

Yardenit Baptismal Site

Yardenit, also known as the Yardenit Baptismal Site, is a baptism site located along the Jordan River in the Galilee region, which is frequented by ...

Hall of Names

The Hall of Names is a building at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where the names of millions of Holocaust victims are commemorated.

Gan Garoo

Gan Garoo is a Kid-friendly, Australia-themed farm with kangaroo-feeding sessions, flying foxes & rare cassowaries. So let's go touring!

Top 5 Christian Sites in Galilee

Join us on a journey to uncover the top 5 Christian sites in Galilee, where the stories of Jesus come to life! Let's go unearth ...

Basilica of the Annunciation

The Basilica of the Annunciation is where Gabriel told Mary the Good News that she was expected to conceive and carry in her womb, Jesus!

The Cardo

The Cardo was the main street in Old Jerusalem during the Roman and Byzantine periods, passing from the Damascus Gate to the Dung Gate.

Montfort Castle

Montfort Castle is one of the most beautiful sites to visit in Israel. Nestled in the Galilee just above Kziv Stream. It's the place to ...

Need help?

Skip to content