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Haifa, Israel Cruises

Haifa, Israel Cruises

Haifa is the third-largest city of Israel and sits on the slopes of Mount Carmel, facing the Mediterranean Sea. There is a beautiful mountain range in the north of Israel near the border of Lebanon. It has scenic views, gorgeous beaches, and forests for trekking with some world-renowned gardens to some of the best falafel in Israel. The city has 17 kilometers of shoreline and 5 kilometers of beaches. The city is home to the Technion Institute of Technology and a port to accommodate international cruise travel.

Haifa Highlights

There is a rich blend of Arabic and Jewish culture in Haifa's architecture, cuisine, and art. In its stately, bustling boulevards and lush, manicured gardens, Haifa holds many hidden treasures along the sun-kissed slopes of Mount Carmel and the sparkling green waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You can read more about Haifa, Israel, by continuing to scroll down.

1. History and Present

It is the third-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, and its history dates back over 3,000 years. Throughout history, many European and Asian groups have claimed Haifa, including the Canaanites, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and the British. The municipality of Haifa was formed when the State of Israel was established in 1948. As an industrial city for most of its history, Haifa hasn't been built up as a tourist destination. Still, the nearby religious sites attract a lot of attention and traffic.

2. Local Culture

In terms of its cultural diversity, Haifa is a blend of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Ahmedis, and other faiths, including Baha'is. The Haifa International Film Festival takes place every year in September and is one of the city's most significant events. In Haifa and elsewhere in Israel, cover your shoulders and knees when visiting religious sites.

3. Local Markets

Carmel's Panorama Center is one of the most popular indoor malls in Haifa. The EinHod artists' village south of Haifa sells pottery jewelry, blown glass, and other items by local artists. You can enjoy hundreds of shops and big chains in the Grand Canyon shopping mall while on your cruise to Haifa, Israel. From the port of Haifa to the mall, you need to drive about 15 minutes. As well as leather goods, there are flea markets in Haifa that offer handmade bags, bargains, and handmade purses.

4. Local Cuisine Scene

You may be able to find burekas in Haifa, which are crisp phyllo dough pastries that contain vegetables, spices, and cheese. The WadiNisnas and Hadar neighborhoods serve tahini-sauced falafel wraps and lamb shawarma with herbaceous parsley. You can taste baklava, a sweet cheesecake soaked in sweet syrup, or knif, a light cheesecake layered with flaky pastry and pistachios.

Interesting Spots to Visit in Haifa

Although Haifa is a bustling port town, its cliffs and idyllic setting set it apart from many other industry-oriented cities. A thriving café and dining scene, as well as good access to the sights of the north, make this the best place to stay for travelers. Explore Haifa's top tourist attractions and things to do with our list of the best things to do.

1. Tour the Baha'i Gardens

In Haifa, Israel, there are some incredible places to visit if you love history and culture, like the Baha'i Shrine and Gardens. This city's signature monument is the Baha'i Shrine with its golden dome. A tomb is located there containing the relics of Iranian Mirza Al Mohammed, who was called "Bab" or "gateway to God." There are many things to do in Haifa, but this is one of the best. In recognition of its cultural and natural beauty, UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site. Experiencing the city's culture while exploring beautiful gardens and shrines is sure to be a memorable day.

2. Hof HaCarmel Beaches

Beaches can be found in Hof HaCarmel on the western side of Haifa. Sunbathers, swimmers, and more all enjoy the Mediterranean sun on the Dado and Zamir beaches during the summer. The coast is a great place to go fishing, and it is also a great place to do water sports. Some of the most popular watersports are surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, as well as extreme sports like para-sailing. There are many joggers and sightseers on the beaches during the winter, as well as older men playing backgammon and dominoes. You can enjoy sunsets along the boardwalk, which is lined with cafes and restaurants.

3. The German Colony

The German Colony cannot be missed when visiting Haifa. You're likely to walk through it on your way to Bahai Gardens since it sits right at the bottom. The second wave of settlements hit the Holy Land in 1868, creating the prettiest neighborhood in Haifa. It's still possible to find some well-preserved buildings - some are private homes, others are cafés and bars.

4. Elijah's Cave

Worshippers come from near and far to worship at Elijah's Cave. This isn't a good hiking spot, as many visitors believe. The cave can be reached via a stairway off Allenby Street. It is said that Elijah came here to pray before he challenged Baal's prophets. Prayer notes can be placed on the ceiling of the cave, which contains a Torah ark. 

5. Museums of Haifa

Among the museums in the city, you must see Madatech Science & Technology Museum if you have only time for one. Touching, interacting, and experiencing are the things you can enjoy at this museum. You won't have to walk around like an idiot looking at shiny parts in this museum because almost every corner is translated. A good choice if you're looking for something less techy and more alive is an educational zoo (we know, it's a great segue). There are over 100 different species of wildlife at this park located on top of Carmel Mountain. Additionally, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art and the Haifa Art Museum are worth a visit.

When to Visit Haifa?

The months of April to November it is the ideal time of year to visit Haifa in Israel because the temperatures are pleasant or moderate and rainfall is at an absolute minimum.

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