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City of Haifa – Special Attractions
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City of Haifa – Special Attractions

City of Haifa – Special Attractions

Haifa travel guide

Haifa is known as the capital city of the north of Israel, and has earned this title rightfully. With plenty of activities and attractions year round, whether you’re planning a day trip or a long-weekend vacation, a family trip or a romantic getaway, Haifa has much to offer.

Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and is situated in the natural bay between the Mediterranean Sea and the Carmel Mountain. This unique “mountain city by the sea” offers breathtaking panoramas from almost anywhere. It enjoys the advantages of being the educational and cultural center of the north; hosting a mix of old and new urban architecture with the natural scenery of both water and forest; and a unique Mediterranean atmosphere and temperament.

Home to 270,000 inhabitants, members of five different religions, living side by side in harmony, peace and mutual respect, Haifa offers a rich tapestry of contrasts and colors, varying cultures, and ethnic groups that make up the fabric of life in the city. Secular, Religious and Ultra-Orthodox Jews live side by side with Christians, Moslems, Bahai and Druze.

The following is a shortlist of “Top Haifa Special Attractions”:

Bahai Gardens and Shrine

Considered the eighth wonder of the world, this beautiful golden-domed shrine is located on the Carmel Mountain and is the site of the administrative and spiritual center of the Bahai religion. The remains of Said Ali Muhammad, one of the two founders of the Bahai religion, are buried inside the shrine. The shrine is surrounded by the spectacular Bahai gardens, planted in 1909 and nurtured ever since.

The Stella Maris Carmelite Church and Monastery

An impressive church of the Carmelite Order that serves as a pilgrimage center. The Church also houses a collection of antiquities. The monastery served as a hospital for Napoleon’s soldiers and a monument to French soldiers was erected in front of the Church.

Elijah’s Cave

The focal point of Elijah the Prophet’s activity, the cave has since become a pilgrimage site for believers of the three main religions. Visitors and pilgrims alike have recorded many inscriptions on the cave’s walls, including Greek names and a Menorah.

Gan Ha-psalim (Sculpture Garden)

A beautiful setting for twenty two bronze sculptures donated to the city by the sculptress Ursula Malbin that are set in a garden overlooking Haifa bay and the Galilee landscape.
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
The Technion is located in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood. This institution for higher technological studies is famous worldwide for its scientific achievements. The Coler Visitors Center screens a film on the Technion’s history.

University of Haifa

Haifa University is situated on one of the Carmel Mountain peaks. It is outstanding for its modern planning and three graduate buildings. For spectacular views of Haifa and the Bay area, visit the lookout point in the Eshkol Tower, the University’s main building. The University also houses an art gallery with works displayed by artists, victims of the holocaust. A tour of the site includes the Visitors Center where a film is shown and a call at the Reuben and Edith Hecht Archaeological Museum.

Wadi Nisnas

Wadi Nisnas, with its colorful market and bustling streets is an authentic Middle Eastern neighborhood. The Wadi is also the heart of the “holiday of holidays” festival, an annual winter celebration of collaboration between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish religions.

The Vivino Restaurant in Haifa

The Vivino Restaurant in Haifa

The Vivino restaurant offers an appetizing design, an open kitchen with a traditional tabon at its center, cordial hospitality, and an Italian atmosphere that is so appropriate to the Israeli character. Vivino serves traditional and modern Italian cuisine with an appetizing design. With the help of selected local produce, the restaurant offers a rich menu based on fresh and high-quality raw materials imported from Italy. With them, he creates a variety of fresh pastas, rich risotto, pizzas in different styles, focaccia, fresh fish, juicy meats, and vegan and gluten-free dishes. In the afternoon on Friday, we came to dine, the place was crowded, and we ordered in advance. The waiter was very nice and the service was fast, everything arrived within a few minutes. It was definitely a surprise. The menu included bolognese, salmon and cream pasta, pizza, and more. There are a lot of desserts and dishes to choose from. Several people could share one dessert! In addition to wine tastings throughout Italy, Vivino also offers wine tours... A rich wine menu is available here in the bar A collection of fine and authentic wines from the Land of the Boot, wines from the best wineries in Israel, and unique cocktails gathered by expert winemakers.

The Dor Tantura resort and Dor Beach

The Dor Tantura resort and Dor Beach

The Dor resort is located at the foot of Carmel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, in front of an island chain of natural islands surrounded with a stunning view of white sand and a chain of blue lagoons. One of the historical places in Israel is Dor, formerly an important port and fishing town, which has a lot of remains from previous periods. The Dor resort village includes a beach within walking distance of the holiday apartments, a promenade, green lawns, an amphitheater, a children's club, a beach restaurant, a fishing harbor, and seating areas. In front of the Mediterranean Sea, near the chain of natural and magical islands of the Dor coast, the Dor resort lies at the foot of Carmel. Among the apartments and holiday rooms available at the Dor resort are lawns, ornamental corners, sitting and barbecue areas, restaurants, a declared swimming area and a breathtaking sea view. Throughout July and August, a family-friendly entertainment program will include: artist shows, dance sessions, and karaoke nights. More in the immediate vicinity: A lovely, spring-like hiking trail starting at Bonim Beach along Dor Bonim Reserve, a magical nature reserve full of special bays and islands, a marked route along which you can see fascinating natural phenomena, a bay of oysters, the "Blue Cave" geysers, a sunken ship, and on these spring days also amazing blossoms. The path leads to the remains of Tel Dor - remains of a city from the Phoenician, Hellenistic and Phoenician periods, Tel Dor is mentioned in the Bible as one of King Solomon's capitals The glass museum in Kibbutz Nachsholim, established in 1891 by Baron Rothschild as a factory for glass bottles for use by the area's wineries, today serves as an underwater archeology museum and offers a variety of spectacular findings from different periods throughout the area's history.

A Guide to Exploring Dalit el Carmel Village

A Guide to Exploring Dalit el Carmel Village

If you are looking for a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then a visit to Dalit el Carmel village is just the ticket! This charming, rustic village in Northern Israel is full of nature trails and picturesque views that will take your breath away. Whether you're an avid hiker or just looking for a relaxing getaway, this destination has something to offer everyone. What to Do in Dalit el Carmel Village Dalit el Carmel village offers plenty of activities for nature lovers and tourists, including hiking trails through the lush forests surrounding the village, shopping and dining. The Muharka, the Carmelite Monastery, etc. Its place as a station on the King's Road, the favorable climatic conditions, its fertile soil, its spectacular scenery and the diverse vegetation attracted many to settle there. In the village there are many picturesque alleys winding between ancient houses, houses of prayer (halava), holy places, buildings with a historical past, the fabric house, the weaving house and art galleries. During the tour you can get an impression of a typical Druze house structure, with all its contents, trace typical customs, folklore, folk foods, traditional clothing and much more. The market located in the heart of the village is a meeting place of old and new and is a magnet for tourists and visitors who want to feel the atmosphere up close. The village itself is also home to several unique shops where visitors can purchase local crafts and artisanal products. You can also sample some of the area's famous dishes like hummus or falafel or try one of the many local restaurants. We ate at the Keves Restaurant (The Lamb), Restaurant - an oriental Druze restaurant with a healthy menu! The dishes are made on the spot! On Friday and Saturday you can enjoy more music and flutes.. The restaurant has a stove that gives an authentic feeling and spreads a lot of heat. The restaurant is surrounded by sheds of vine-grape leaves. Accommodations in Dalit el Carmel Village When it comes to accommodations in Dalit el Carmel Village, there are plenty of options to choose from. Visitors can stay at one of the many guest houses located throughout the town or book a hotel in neighbouring Haifa or Zichron Yaacov. The colorful village of Dalit El Carmel is worth a visit for anyone visiting the north of Israel, Haifa, or Zichron Ya'akov.

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