Although Haifa has less historical and religious significance than other cities in Israel, it is worth visiting if you desire to see a different aspect of this country’s culture. Also, Haifa is a city where different religions coexist and Arab and Jewish neighborhoods intertwine across the city. Here are the top places to visit and things to do in this city.
Start your journey to Haifa with a visit to the shining star of Baha’i faith. Whether you are a lover of history or a believer, the dome and gardens of the shrine will definitely capture your imagination. From the incredible dome which can be seen throughout the city, to the immaculate peach walkways, manicured and terraced gardens, you are definitely entering another world.
The best way to know a city is to eat your way through it. As with other parts of Israel, Haifa is a blend of Turkish, Persian, Middle Eastern, and German roots. Begin your eating adventures at the German Colony, which has the best open-air restaurants and pubs. This colony dates back to as far back as the Christian Templars, although the stone buildings have been transformed into trendy cafes and art galleries. Once you have had your fill here, head to the Arab District, where the fresh falafels aroma wafts through the alleyways.
A visit to the quiet neighborhood of Bat Galim will convince you that summer isn’t simply a season but a way of life. The beaches here feature a stunning promenade that is dotted with coffee shops and relaxed restaurants. For adventure lovers, there are activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, surfing, and kite-surfing.
At the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, old is gold. This space dates back to the twelfth century. Particularly, its ceiling features a domed and religious fresco coupled with decorations and golden arches that evokes the Sistine Chapel’s handiwork. Head off to Elijah’s Cave once you have picked your jaw from the floor. The cave is now nestled in a dome chapel and was believed to be a resting place of an important prophet to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
Since modern-day Israel is an old land historically, anything new building was either constructed in the 80s or 90s. The Louis Promenade first opened its doors to visitors in 1992. This much-loved balcony has been etched into Mount Carmel crevices. This terrace offers breathtaking views of the city and is the ideal place to spot dolphins leaping from the water bay. Many locals here enjoy using the promenade to jog, run, or walk while also enjoying the warm sun.