The lovely and expansive coastal site of Caesarea Maritima is a perfect way to end the day -there’s so much to see and you’re almost always guaranteed a beautiful sunset.
They have a splendid hippodrome which is great for re-enacting foot races (although I recommend removing your sandals first to avoid a tripping mishap…), a theatre that still boasts live performances and a mosaic floor that disappears into the water’s edge. Such beauty, but such ruin!
It’s a huge site – so much to see and explore -even underwater if you’re the really adventurous type. There’s a scuba shop and an underwater trail set-up where you can check out various sunken ballast piles and the foundations pilings. A long section of the aquaducts that runs off to the mountains remain as well – lovely for photos and scampering around on. Fun fact: the site boasts the Pilate Stone, the only written reference to Pontius Pilate who features rather prominently in the crucifixion story.
But, alas, we never seem to stay anywhere for very long, even if it is a most favorite site (don’t worry, they aren’t all my favorite site it just seems that way). Nearing the end of the trip and the dig, our last stop will be Jerusalem which is an amazing symphony of sights, sounds and smells.