Eventually we all reach the top of the ascent to Rosh Hanikrah; catch our breath; fill our lungs with the cool sea air and turn our gaze to the south. The view takes one’s breath away. Yes, even if you have been to Rosh Hanikrah dozens of times before, it still takes your breath away. The landscape of Israel’s coastline visible to the south seemingly all the way to Gaza, is mind boggling. Silently we will watch for a long moment, shading our eyes from the sun and looking for recognizable points in the landscape; then we will descend to the grottoes, one of Israel’s best loved tourist marvels.
Hundreds of thousands come here every year. And if previously they would go down by cable-cars, enduring a long wait on line on the way, nowadays, after the beautiful accessible bridge was launched, things are different. Currently disabled and elderly people can make their way down while watching the sea’s blue surface to the west, on a summer’s day or on a stormy day; and the excitement already begins before they have seen even one grotto! Still, it is always recommended to arrive as early as possible, before the great pressure begins, especially on weekends, vacations and holidays.
The grottoes themselves, these “natural windows” created by the sea and the winds in the white rock, will always be the main attraction for visitors to the site. Below, the sea rages, whirlpools swirl, and the water tirelessly erode the rock, right underneath us; excited visitors can watch the wonder from within the hidden natural caves connected to each other by corridors hewn in the mountain.
Visitor numbers and the size of the attraction dictate efficient and advanced management. The cable railway requires maintenance, and we still haven’t mentioned the restaurant, the audio-visual presentation and the special activities offered to the public of visitors during holidays and vacations – traveling by bicycles or motorized vehicles. In other words –the Rosh Hanikrah site should be visited frequently; and definitely more than once. A fact well-known to the Israelis who sometimes return here several times a year.