Beyond the bikinis, bathers and weather-beaten paddle ball players clogging up Tel Aviv beaches, Israel offers some stunning secluded spots where you can soak up the sun in peace and tranquility. One such hidden gem is Achziv National Park, which sits 5 km north of Nahariya, on the road to Rosh Hanikra in the Western Galilee. This gorgeous coastal area has all sorts of nooks and crannies for curious visitors to explore, including the site of ancient Achziv, dating back to biblical times.

Achziv was once a major Phoenician port before it was conquered by the Crusaders, who built a fortress whose ruins can still be seen today.

The site's hushed coves and natural lagoons are packed with intriguing aquatic life, like octopuses writhing through the transparent water and sea urchins hiding among the rocks. The beach is also popular among the turtles that like to lay their eggs there over the summer.

It’s also a frequented by holidaying couples, with its salty air, charming coastline and magical sunsets providing the perfect setting for a romantic beach walk.