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Haifa Attractions

The modern, port city of Haifa has plenty of attractions available for all ages and areas of interest. There are museums on subjects ranging from Japanese art to clandestine immigration. Haifa is home to holy sites of Christians, Muslims, Jews and even those of the Baha'i faith, such as the cave of Elijah and the majestic Baha'i Gardens.  Then there are the numerous parks, gardens and promenades, offering incredible views of Haifa and the surroundings and perfect for those who need to get out in nature and just run around! Of course one can't forget the prestigious Haifa University and the popular cable car rides that can transport you from the top of the mountain to the bottom and back again! In short, Haifa is the perfect location for any traveler and is just waiting to be explored!


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In the twelfth century, when the Crusaders occupied the region, religious hermits began to live in the caves of the Carmel district, emulating Elijah the Prophet who has a strong connection to the region. Within a hundred years, there hermits formed the Carmelite order which spread throughout Europe. The founders of the Carmelite order were exiled at the time of the Mamluke conquest in 1291, returning a number of centuries later. The present monastery and basilica were constructed starting from 1836. The entire collection of buildings across from the Old Lighthouse is known as "Stella Maris."
At the time that Napoleon tried unsuccessfully to conquer Acre, an earlier monastery complex in the same place served as a hospital for his soldiers. Today, a pyramid stands in front of the church as a memorial to the abandoned French soldiers who were killed by the Turks when Napoleon retreated.
The church is beautiful both inside and out, with stunningly vivid marble walls, colorful Biblical paintings and a carved, wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. The cave below the alter is believed to be the cave of Elijah
To the right of the entrance is a lovely nativity scene, a museum with artifacts and a small souvenir shop. A free pamphlet is available with information about the site and the Carmelite order. The view from the complex is stunning.
Be sure to respect the sanctity of the place by wearing modest clothing.
 




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The Haifa Museum of Art is one of the leading art museums in Israel and is dedicated to exploring the world of local and international contemporary art. The Museum boasts over 7,000 eclectic works that reflect the changing trends and movements in Israeli and contemporary art.
The collection can be divided into two sub-divisions- the painting and sculpture collection and the graphic works collection. The Museum houses a unique New Media Center archive with several tens of video works- the goal being to create the first Israeli library/archive of video art and allowing the general public to access it.
Since 1977, the Haifa Museum of Art has been housed in it's present building, in the Hadar district of Haifa in a stone, preserved building. The choice of building for the Museum is specifically meaningful due to it being located at the meeting point of three different neighborhoods; one Jewish, one Muslim and one Christian. This fact reflects the multi-cultural, intercultural role that the Museum plays.
 




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Yefe Nof Street (in English, Panorama Street) is a curving street situated high above the city, passing behind the hotels and offers breath-taking views. Part of the street (through the black iron gates) passes two of the stunning nineteen terraces of the Bahai Gardens. The street also leads through the beautiful Louis Promenade which offers benches for those who need to rest their weary feet.
Make sure to walk the road on a clear day when Akko, Rosh Hanikra and even Lebanon can be viewed. Yefe Nof is simply stunning, no matter what time of day or night one visits.
 




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Wadi Nisnas is an Arab neighborhood in Haifa made up of approximately 8,000 inhabitants. Nisnas is Arabic for "mongoose". From the Haifa Museum on Tzionut Avenue, one can descend to Wadi Nisnas.
The annual Holiday of Holidays festival is held in the winter during the Jewish Hanukkah festival, the Muslim Ramadan and the Christian Christmas. The neighborhood becomes an outdoor art gallery with tens of pieces of art by Arab and Jewish artists from all over the country. Each year the festival has a theme that the artists must adhere to when creating their pieces.
The colorful Wadi Nisnas neighborhood is decorated with the pieces of art of various local artists and is a must for any visitor interested in art, sculpture or cultural identity.
 




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Hecht Park is the largest stretch of greenery within the city of Haifa, running alongside the beaches and municipal open areas, between the Dado Beach, the beach-side hotels and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Center. Hecht Park spans across eighteen acres. Hecht Park is unique in its multifaceted construction, offering activities appealing to children and adults. The playground next to the southern parking lot contains new equipment that includes swings, climbing apparatus and "Omega" pulley that allows kids to slide midair across the beach. Grassy areas for picnics, workout equipment for adults, natural pathways that are ideal for walking, running and hiking and seasonal water pools are just some of the attractions on offer.




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Due to the geography of Haifa, a city situated along the sea and on top of Mount Carmel, it was considered necessary to build an efficient transport system that would link the commercial and leisure districts located at sea level to the modern centre and residential areas on the top of the mountain. The 274 meter difference in altitude was overcome by the solution of an underground funicular- the Carmelit Subway that was opened in 1959, starts at Paris Square at sea level and runs straight up for 1.75km to Gan Ha'em on Mount Carmel. Tickets are available from ticket vending machines that have instructions in Hebrew and English.




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The Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art is a combination of artist's studios and a gallery intended to promote contemporary visual arts and the exchange between Israeli and international artists. The Pyramida Center is located in Wadi Saliv in an abandoned school building and currently houses the studios of eleven artists- five members and six young artists who have the chance to work there for a two-year period. Pyramida aims to bridge between the art community and the general public, provide working facilities and exposure for local artists and to promote Israeli and international contemporary art.




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Luna Grand is a huge, air-conditioned, unique amusement park in the Grand Kenyon Mall, Haifa that includes attractions such as; Rollercoaster for all ages Bumper Cars Flight Simulator Bungee Trampolines Horse Racing Competitions Horse Carousel Big Wheel Gymboree Arts and Crafts Inflatables




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Ma'ayan Tzvi Fishing Park contains a tranquil man-made river, small, bubbling river and adjacent beach. The Park is perfect for a family day-out with fishing facilities, a picnic area, shaded areas, donkey rides, bicycle trails, a petting zoo, zip lines, rope ladders, water attractions for little children, and much, much more.




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Shirat Gan Eden, located above the Zippori stream, is a huge, one-of-a-kind club that aims to provide a truly heavenly experience, with lovely scents, clean air, relaxing music, luscious vegetation and stunning scenery. Among the services on offer in Shirat Gan Eden are; A dry sauna Treatment rooms with professional therapists Personal stalls, bathrobe and towel Incredible local tours on horseback, off-road vehicles and bicycles Spinning, kick-boxing and workshops on a number of subjects Kosher, rich meals Private events




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The Muhraka Monastery is a Carmelite monastery which sits on top of the highest peak of the Carmel mountains. The Carmelite Order was established on Mount Carmel and is a Catholic religious order. Mount Carmel was the traditional home of the prophet Elijah who is the saint and patron of the Carmelite Order. A statue of Elijah adorns this well-kept monastery. Muhraka is actually Arabic and means "a place of burning," in reference to the story relayed in the Bible whereby a fire came down from heaven and burnt the prophet Elijah's offering when he battled the Ba'al prophets. The views from the monastery are simply incredible and on clear days one can even see as far as Mount Hermon!




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Hai Bar covers about 1,500 acres in the heart of Little Switzerland, which is located in Mount Carmel. Established by the late Uri Tzion and Gen. Avraham Yoffe in the 1960s, Hai Bar is a public organization whose goal is to restore Israel's wildlife. On Mount Carmel alone there existed a world of living things that became extinct due to hunting, deforestation and poisoning. Hai Bar's goal is to protect the status quo and to reintroduce species that have become extinct in Israel. This is a multi-stage process; first the animals are encouraged to reproduce (a reproductive nucleus), this is followed by acclimatization and lastly the animals are released in open spaces. Visitors to Hai Bar can enjoy the exciting details of this mission and see fascinating wildlife such as Armenian wild sheep, falcons, Persian fallow deer, roe deer, vultures and others. There are guided tours in Hebrew on Saturdays at Hai Bar at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.




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Daliyat el-Carmel is a colorful Druze village that is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel that is famous for its incredible hospitality and warm nature. The Druze people are a break off from Islam and the break-off occurred about a millennium ago in Egypt. According to the Druze people, their religion is a renewal of an ancient faith that became known only to the group's sages. Daliyat el-Carmel was established in the seventeenth century by Druze from Mount Lebanon. In 2003, Daliyat el-Carmel joined with another Druze village, Isfiya, to form a single town, known officially as Carmel. There is a wonderfully vibrant market open on Saturdays as well as dozens of shops that line the main street, offering among other things genuine Druze foods, sweet pastries, olive oil and locally produced labaneh cheese. There are also a few galleries in the market that host cultural events. Also worth a visit is the house of Sir Laurence Oliphant on 22nd Street. Sir Laurence was an Englishman who loved the Holy Land and moved there in the late nineteenth century to help the Jews who were immigrating during the First Aliya wave of immigration. Today his house is a military memorial for village residents who served in the Israel Defense Forces and gave their lives for the country. On 8th Street, one can find the Druze Heritage House that displays an exhibition about the Druze lifestyle. Villagers also host groups in their homes, offering visitors a glimpse in to their houses, culture and tradition. Genuine ethnic food is offered, traditional clothes are worn by villagers and stories are told of Druze heritage. Where: Fifteen minutes from the Ahuza section of Carmel.




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Isfiya is a Druze village that is located on Mount Carmel. In 2003, the local council merged with the nearby village of Daliyat el-Carmel to form the town of Carmel but this town dissolved in 2008 and the villages returned to their independent statuses. Isfiya was built on the ruins of a Byzantine settlement and Crusader remnants have been found in the village. In 1930, remains of a fifth-century Jewish town, Husifah, were discovered in the village, including a synagogue with a mosaic floor and the inscription, "Peace upon Israel." The modern village was founded in the early eighteenth century with inhabitants making their living from olive oil, honey and grapes production. The tomb of Abu Abdallah is located in Isfiya- he was one of the three religious leaders who was chosen by Caliph al-Hakem in 996 CE to proclaim the Druze faith. He was also the first Druze religious judge and an annual visit to his shrine is made by Druze pilgrims on November 15. The village has opened itself to tourists and the warm hospitality that the Druze are known for is highly apparent to those visiting. Visitors can walk through the streets alone but a guide is recommended in order to gain a true appreciation of the richness of the community history. It is also possible to lodge in an authentic Druze home or guesthouse. There one can enjoy traditional Druze foods, listen to stories and watch special performances of traditional music, song and dance. The western entrance to Isfiya also has a beautiful promenade with a spectacular view. Isfiya is a good departure point for nature walks in the nearby Carmel Mountains. Where: Five minutes away from Haifa-South



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Due to its location on a mountain, the city of Haifa is easily divided into "floors" like those of a building. The ground floor is made up of the Down Town area, the port, the German Colony and Bat Galim. The middle floor is home to Hadar HaCarmel and on the upper floor is Upper Hadar. On the uppermost floor is Merkaz HaCarmel, Ahuza and Neve Shaanan. There are several terraces located around the city, one of which is The Path of One Thousand Steps which consists of paths, steps and streets, as well as various observation points from where one can take in the stunning views of the city landscape from all different angles. Despite the name of the path, there are actually one thousand and one hundred steps in the route. The route is considered one of the most beautiful and interesting ones in Haifa. The route of The Path of One Thousand Steps is as follows; Savyonim lookout point, Gadera steps, HaHashmonaim Street, the public gardens, the Koresh steps to the Reuben Buniak steps, the Abu Nedar Institutes, the Ezra hospital, haZioniut Avenue, Shifra steps, Abbas Street and HaGefen Street.

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