The Israeli town of Haifa is situated in the northwestern part of the country, and stands as one of the most important port cities for the country. More than 300,000 people live within the Haifa metropolitan area, making it the third largest city within the nation of Israel. Millions of tourists flock to the shores of Haifa each and every year.
There is an airport located in the western region of the air space, making it possible to simply drive or catch a taxi through to the centre of town and the numerous Haifa hotels found. It is extremely easy for visitors to get around in Haifa too, as buses and taxis are quite numerous, and the bus system is also quite regimented. With so many sites scattered across the city of Haifa and its surrounding area, it is a very convenient feature of the town to provide this.
Haifa is one of Israel’s most important tourist cities. There are plenty of sites to witness and explore, including some magnificent religious highlights, natural attractions and museums that will keep visitors on their toes for the duration of the holiday.
Religious sites –
The main attraction in the city of Haifa, and certainly the most important religious site has to be the Baha’i Gardens and World Centre. Although the gardens are not really related to the religious side of things, the Shrine of the Bab sure is. Millions of Baha’i pilgrims make their way to the site each year, as it is the centre of their religious beliefs. It is now a World Heritage site, and that can only mean one thing…tourism dollars! However, there is more to the city of Haifa’s religious sites than just Baha’i centre. The Cave of Elijah and Stella Maris Church are two other landmarks worth visiting. The cave is said to be one of the most influential sites for the Carmelite religion, and is only a short distance from Stella Maris; a monastery and church that was the founding site of the Carmelite Order of the Roman Catholic Church.
There are more than a dozen museums scattered across the cityscape, including some magnificent, world renowned art galleries. The most impressive museum in the city is the Hecht Museum, which is home to a wide variety of collections and exhibitions, including the fabulous archaeological wind and the art wing. Famous artists like Monet and Pissaro have pieces of work on display here. In addition to the Hecht, there is also a large science museum is found in the mid-town area of the city, and boasts an excellent array of science and other exhibits for visitors to explore. Other popular museums in the city include the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Mane Katz Museum, Haifa Museum of Art and the National Maritime Museum.
Away from the museums and religious attractions, visitors can still find plenty of things to see in Haifa. The beaches of the city are wonderful sites that are perfect for those visitors looking to relax for an afternoon or even an entire day. The University of Haifa is actually one of the most important sites in the city. It sits at the top of Mount Carmel, and provides excellent views of the city, especially from the top floor of the Eshkon Tower. Wadi Nisnas and the German Colony are two of the most attractive cultural districts in the town, and boasts some beautiful historical structures. While exploring the town of Haifa, don’t forget about the fascinating zoo that stands in the city, or the botanical gardens that attract thousands of visitors looking to unwind within spectacular surrounds.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Haifa Hotels content.