Haifa has a number of unique characteristics that make it an attractive and interesting place to visit during your tour of the Holy Land. It is one of the most picturesque cities in the Middle East due to its breathtaking views from the top of imposing Mt. Carmel.
The city has a great deal to offer visitors due to its alluring mix of both modern and old neighborhoods surrounded by lavish nature sites along with churches, mosques, mountain and sea, as well as being the home of the world center of the Baha’i faith. It is also a perfect example of how Jews, Christians and Moslems are able to live side by side and co-exist in tolerance and goodwill.
There is so much to see and do in Haifa resulting in something to suit everyone’s taste. There is a bustling port area that attracts shoppers and tourists, lovely beaches that are popular for all kinds of recreational sports and that are filled with sun lovers especially over summer weekends and excellent surfing and sailing conditions.
Some of the most popular sites in Haifa are the magnificent Baha’i gardens that surround the Baha’i World Center complex on the slopes of Mount Carmel with its gold domed shrine. The Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery situated at the top of the Carmel is holy to Christians with a cave in the church that is believed to be the grave of the prophet Elijah according to Christian tradition. The monastery contains a small museum dedicated to the life of Elijah and on site there is a hostel that is appreciate by many of the Christian pilgrims who visit. There are also other interesting churches and mosques to be found around the city.
Haifa also has numerous culture, art and science institutions. All through the Carmel area around Haifa there are hiking and bicycle paths with beautiful and charming spots.