Haifa, Israel: Cultural Hub Of Northern Israel

Haifa is situated in a wide natural bay, in between the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean and the inspiring Mount Carmel. The majestic white cliff of Rosh Hanikra is on the north of the city, and this is the check-point on the Israel – Lebanon border. Mount Hermon with its snow capped peak is on the east. It is the third largest city in Israel and the capital of the northern part.

The medieval walled fortress city of Acre is on the northeast, across the harbor. The peninsula’s terraced landscape offers a variety of breathtaking views.

This vibrant city is a winning combination of sophistication, relaxation, tradition and contemporary style.

It has everything to entertain you – the museums, pearly-white beaches, theaters, cinemas, air-conditioned shopping malls, and elegant hotels.

A Little Bit of History

The View of Haifa, Israel - This third largest city in Israel and the capital of the northern part lies between the waters of the Mediterranean and the Mount Carmel. It is the major regional center of northern Israel, but it is also a key cultural hub that combines tradition and contemporary style.The View of Haifa

This city was a tiny fishing village called Sycaminum, but its harbor location has attracted many settlers for the past 1700 years.

The Persians occupied the village in 500 A.D. and gradually expanded and developed the village. They laid the foundation for the trading port that Haifa is today.

In 1099, European crusaders raided the city and named it Caiphas. They partially renovated the city and built the castle in Atlit.

It was not able to regain its power as a trade town until 1500. The Ottoman Turks incorporated the city into their empire and tried to revive the lost trade.

The Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, Israel - This is one of Haifa's main attractions and the UNESCO World Heritage site. Its history and beautiful gardens accompanied with amazing views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea are definitely worth the visit.

The Baha’i Gardens in Haifa

Even though city is connected with the outside world by sea, there were no reliable land routes until the 1900s.

The first railroad tracks were laid in the 1900s, which connected Haifa with Syria.

When Israel became a state, Haifa developed naturally and became one of its largest port cities.

The locals of this city are from different communities and cultures, but they all come together to celebrate various events and festivals. The Haifa International Film Festival is the most anticipated annual event.

Other famous celebrations are the Flute Festival, Dutch Cultural Day Festival and Austrian Cultural Day Festival.

The Pesach is the most festive of the Jewish holidays when Seder dinners and colorful spring flower fair are organized.

Some of the famous people from Haifa are Rachel Adato, Aaron Ciechanover, Abed Abdi, Moran Atias, Ivry Gitlis, Reuven Atar, Miron Bleiberg Eli Ohana, and so on.

Where is Haifa?

  • 57.6 miles/ 92.7 km from Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 94.4 miles/ 152 km from Jerusalem, Israel
  • 270.9 miles/ 436 km from Eilat, Israel
  • 80.7 miles/ 130 km from Ashdod, Israel
  • 5.5 miles/ 8.9 km from Haifa Airport, Israel
  • 54.8 miles/ 88.3 km from Sde Dov Airport, Israel
  • 67.7 miles/ 109 km from Ben Gurion Airport, Israel

 Things to See

  • Haifa University
  • The Stella Maris Church and Monastery
  • Cave of Elijah
  • The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
  • Kababir
  • The Sculpture Garden
  • The Bahai Shrine
  • The Druze Villages
  • The German Colony

Beaches

  • Achziv Beach
  • Dado Zamir Beach
  • The Bat Galim Promenade Beach
  • The Student Beach
  • Kiryat Hai’im Beach
  • Ma’ayan Tzvi Beach

Excursions

  • Hiking Tours
  • Haifa University
  • HOHO Bus Tour

Haifa is a major seaport on the Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of the same name and it is not only the major regional center of northern Israel, but it is also its key cultural hub.

This bustling port city has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!