Hedonists preen and bronze along the Mediterranean, while at the Dead Sea they float and apply mud packs. At the Red Sea the most colourful creatures are under the water. The Sea of Galilee offers old-fashioned family fun.

Metzitzim Beach A family-friendly half-bay just south of the Tel Aviv Port dining and nightlife area.

Coral Beach Nature Reserve Eilat’s best beach is a utopia for snorkellers.

Ein Bokek Beach Broad, clean and sandy – the Dead Sea’s finest free beach.

Sea of Galilee Some are free, others come with fees and amenities, all are refreshing on a scorching summer’s day.

Herzliya Fine Mediterranean sand between the marina and some of Israel’s most expensive villas.

Akhziv National Park About as far north as you can go along Israel’s Mediterranean coast.