Israel, also known as the Homeland of the Jews, may not top the list of most visited tourist attractions of the world but it surely has some spark in it that makes it a country worth visiting. It is mainly famous for holy places, being home of Christians, Muslims and Jews at a place, some high tech achievements and patents and birthplace of Jesus Christ. It also has some wonders like Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Masada, Yad Vashem, Temple Mount, Terraces and Mount of Olives in cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Tiberias, Herzila, Eilat, Netanya, Ein Gedi, Ramat Gan, Nazareth and more. Lets dig down deep about the city of Haifa and its offerings for the visitors. Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel and 3rd largest city of Israel. Mainly known for the University of Haifa and Port of Haifa, this city is located on the shores of Mediterranean and ends up at the slope of Mt. Carmel. The history of Haifa is very little known but it is believed that it was taken over by the Crusaders in 1099 and cleaned the place off from the Jewish people. Mamlukes took over the place in 1265 and by Bedouin in 1750. It remained under Turkish control till World War I and the Jews came back to the city in early 19th century. It properly became a Jewish city in 1948 when it was taken over by the Haganah. Today, Haifa is playing a great role in Israel’s economy because of its major productions in cement, electronic equipment, glass, steel, textiles and chemicals. It is also one of the most progressive cities in Israel and only place where Arabs and Jews are making efforts to maintain coexistence. You will be amazed to see a cultural blend of communities, museums, orchestras and businesses here.
The Mediterranean climate of Haifa makes the summers quite hot and dry. The temperature varies from 52 F to 90 F throughout the year and the winters go fairly mild. July is the hottest month and coldest one is January. You can expect more than 290 days of sunshine per year and rainfall is not too common here. Precipitation is highest during February and thunderstorms can be experienced during this period. Best time to visit Haifa is from February to May.
How to get here?
Haifa is served by the Haifa International Airport, located in the eastern part of the country which receives numerous flights from all major airlines. It is one of the busiest airports of the country. Other airports also serve as alternatives to Haifa airport which are Sde Dov Airport, Ben Gurion Airport, Queen Alia International Airport, Damascus International Airport and Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. You can easily reach downtown from any of these airports by taxi, bus, train, rental car or airport shuttles.
Accommodation and Food
Haifa has a number of accommodations around the city and you will be satisfied with the price range and services provided. One of the best options is Dan Carmel Haifa, located near Louis Promenade, featuring luxury rooms with private spa, health club, free internet, 24 hours staff service, free parking, swimming pool and tennis court. Other high standard options include Dan Panorama Hotel , Nof Hotel, Theodor Hotel, Dan Gardens Haifa, Leonardo hotel, Art Galley Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Marom Hotel, Villa Carmel Boutique Hotel, Eden Hotel, Bay Club An Atlas Boutique Hotel, The Colony Hotel, Loui M Apartments, Rothschild Mansion and Sea Plaza Hotel. If you would like to have affordable but comfortable place then there is G38 Boutique Apartments, 1926 Designed Apartments, Zimmer Near the Baha’i Gardens, Port Apartments, Suite on the Beach, Sea Plaza Residence, Yafo 82 Guesthouse, Dan Yishay Resort Near PRC, Haddad Guest House, Haifa Guest House and Holiday Express Inn & Suites.
Haifa’s cuisine is famous nationally and internationally because of its 214 eateries featuring all tastes to make you belly happy. You will absolutely blown away by delicious vegetarian food of Falafel Ha Ezkenim, traditional Israeli food at Kelein’s Cafe, nice Italian food at Pasto, European and French food at Hanamal 24, unique cocktails at Sinta Bar, Lebanese food at Douzan, Baked things at Shemo Bakery Haifa, noodles, Asian fusion and soups at Giraffe, icecream at Leggenda, Middle Eastern food at Fatoush, Swiss and Bistro at Voila, sandwiches at Ha Sandwichim shel Bracha, Central European food at Ma’ayan Habira, Japanese food at Japanika and nice Arabic food at reasonable prices at Al Diyar.
Port of Haifa
The Port of Haifa is the largest seaport of Israel and serves both passenger and merchant ships. The port is owned and operated by Haifa Port Company Ltd and provides it with cargo, container handling, towing, tugboat, dock and pier operations. More than 1000 people are employed here and it is capable of servicing many ships at a single time. You can take a guided tour of the port and observe how it works.
Haifa Museum of Art
There are three leading museums in Haifa which are The National Maritime Museum, The Haifa City Museum and Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art. Haifa Museum of Art is one of them and is located in Wadi Nisnas in downtown Haifa. It was established in 1951 and today it features international and local contemporary art exhibitions. There are more than 7000 Israeli and other works of art, an interactive children’s wing, lecture and conference hall which is used for cultural events, shows and concerts.