The Manor Trail
The trail marked in red goes through an area of dense native plants, arriving at the remains of a rustic manor house dating from the Byzantine period. Horvat ‘Aqav was built as a fortified Jewish farmstead during the Second Temple period. After it was destroyed, a rustic manor house took its place on the site in the 5th century. The structure looks out at the Carmel and the Har Amir ridge; to the north are the Sharon plain and the Mediterranean coast. Extensive archaeological digs were conducted here, and significant parts of the original complex have been restored. Grapevines and olive trees planted nearby reconstruct the agriculture that flourished here thousands of years ago.