Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and it boasts a picturesque view of the Mediterranean Sea, beautifully nestled on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Haifa is home to the Terraces of the Bahá’í Faith which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the popular Israel destinations. Haifa is also one of Israel’s major seaport alongside the Mediterranean Sea and offers both Jewish and Arab cultural immersion. Let’s check out the popular tourist spots in Haifa below.
Terraces of the Bahá’í Faith
Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited Israel destinations. It features eighteen terraces with nine concentric circles plus another terrace for the Shrine of the Báb. It is deemed one of the most beautiful garden architectures to date. It also features an advanced irrigation system wherein very little water is wasted.
Stella Maris Monastery
This monastery is the world headquarters of the Carmelites, a Catholic order whose origins dates back in the 12th century. There are two grottoes underneath the monastery, one of which is the ‘Cave of Elijah’ which is believed to be where the Prophet Elijah meditated before facing the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18. The church is open all week and entrance is free of charge.
Mount Carmel National Park
Mount Carmel offers a scenic view of the Mediterranean Coastline being and it is included in the Mount Carmel National Park, Israel’s largest national park. The park contains more than 10,000 hectares of cypress, pine, and eucalyptus with numerous walking and bicycle paths for recreation. The park is perfect for tourists looking for a great outdoor adventure. Entrance to the park is 38 NIS.
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is probably one of the most unique Israel destinations being the only Japanese themed museum in the Middle East. The museum was established in 1959 which is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Japanese art. The museum boasts a collection of over 7,000 Japanese arts and crafts including prints, paintings, textiles, painted screens, miniature carvings, metalwork, antique swords, and others. The collection is mainly from the 17th to 19th century. Entrance fee to the museum is 35 NIS for adults and 25 NIS for children ages 5 to 18.
Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space
Also known as Madatech, the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space attracts both the young and the old offering different exhibits, more during summer. It features the CinematriX Stereoscopic 3D theatre that combines all your senses giving a unique experience. Entrance fee to Madatech is 89 NIS, 40 NIS for children.
There are more interesting and fun places to visit in Haifa such as the Haifa Zoo and Gan HaEm public garden. Visit Haifa and see what the bustling metropolis has to over. Contact us to learn more about Haifa and other Israel destinations.