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Tel Afek

If you are looking for family friendly, tourist attraction which is also an important and impressive historical site, then Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park is just what the doctor ordered. The park is actually two parks:

  1. Tel Afek (Antipatris) with its Ottoman fortress overlooking the Yarkon springs
  2. Yarkon Springs: including the British Mandate pumping station and sensational yellow water lily.

This post will introduce you to historical Tel Afek.

Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park
Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park – Map Avigdor Orgad

A family friendly trail leads from the upper Yarkon Stream near Tel Afek and continues to the Yarkon sources. Length of tour: 2 hours-all day. Best season: Year-round. Other facilities and attractions:playground with equipment, basketball court, volley ball net, ping-pong tables, picnic tables, barbecues, physical fitness trail, ecological education center.

Hours:

  • April-September 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
  • October-March 8 A.M- 4 P.M.
  • Last entry one hour before above closing hour

Phone:

  • Education Center: 03-903-3190
  • Afek compound 03-903-0760

Entrance fee required.

Pets prohibited

Accessibility:The area has wheelchair-accessible trails and picnic tables. Visits to the fortress, the Canaanite and the Roman ruins are accessible with assistance.

Download PDF map of Nachal Yarkon Trails including Yarkon and Tel Afek National Park

Tel Afek

Antipatris was a city built in the site by Herod the Great, and named in honour of his father, Antipater II of Judea. Almost nothing is left from that period, save the name. The city was destroyed in 363 CE by an earthquake. What we see is the Ottoman fortress ( Binar Bashi) built in its place in the 16th century. The local Arabs called the local village Ras al-Ayn, now the name of the neighboring city, Rosh HaAyin in Hebrew.

How to get there: 

The Afek entrance is on the Petah Tikva-Rosh Ha‘ayin road (no. 483) between Kibbutz Giv‘at HaShlosha and Kibbutz Einat. The Rosh Ha‘ayin train station is near the Tel Afek entrance; Dan buses 27, 7, 17 and 93 also stop at this entrance.

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British Mandate Pumping Station
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Ottoman Tower added to Crusader Wall. See unhewn filler stones and columns used to strengthen wall
Ottoman Tower added to Crusader Wall. See unhewn filler stones and columns used to strengthen wall
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British Mandate pumping station

Yarkon spring water was once pumped by the British to Jerusalem. Tour of the pumping station by calling the Mekorot water company: 03-938-8961.

British Mandate Pumping Station
British Mandate Pumping Station

Pump Station Lake

Tel Afek
Tel Afek Lake
Tel Afek
Tel Afek Lake

 

Oldest photos of Tel Afek

Tel Afek
Tel Afek

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Tel Afek
Tel Afek

Ottoman Fortress, Binar Bashi

Built in 1571

Ottoman Tower added to Crusader Wall. See unhewn filler stones and columns used to strengthen wall
Ottoman Tower added to Crusader Wall. See unhewn filler stones and columns used to strengthen wall

Square Tower

The Ottomans added defense towers in each corner to the remains of the Crusader wall foundations. The largest tower was the Octogonal Tower.

Square Tower
Square Tower

Octogonal Tower and defense ports

Octogonal Tower
Octogonal Tower

Egyptian Governor’s Residence

Egyptian Governor's Residence
Egyptian Governor’s Residence
Egyptian Governor's Residence
Egyptian Governor’s Residence

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