Things to Do in Haifa
Haifa (חֵיפָה), the third largest city in Israel, is a very modern city with many different attractions. In addition to religious destinations, there are many other cultural centers to visit.
The Baha'i Gardens and World Center acts as the holiest site of pilgrimage for members of the Baha'i Faith, and the surrounding gardens are some of the most impressive in the country. There are also gorgeous botanical gardens adjoined to the Haifa Zoo.
The Cave of Elijah is also considered to be an interesting place to visit for its religious-historical significance. Walking down to the cave from Stella Maris, the French Carmelite monastery, provides a beautiful scenic route.
There are also many museums in Haifa, such as the National Museum of Science, the National Maritime Museum, the Haifa Museum of Art, the Hecht Museum, and the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art.
Perched 210 feet (64 meters) over the Mediterranean Sea in northwestern Israel, the Rosh Hanikra kibbutz is part of the Achziv Natural Reserve. The area is known for its interesting geological formations—namely sea caves and limestone grottoes made over millennia by the sea washing over rocks and creating tunnels and caverns in the cliffside.
Israel’s city of Haifa boasts a history dating back more than 1,700 years and is home to the Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, among other attractions. Most cruise travelers treat the Haifa Port Cruise Terminal—one of the largest and busiest in Israel—as a gateway to the religious sights of Galilee, from Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and the River Jordan.
Known to Hebrew speakers as Akko and Arabic speakers as Akka, the historic coastal city of Acre has been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status for its atmospheric charms. Inhabited for well over 3,000 years, the Old City delivers medieval Crusader buildings, Ottoman-era walls, Baha’i Gardens, and a tangle of ancient streets with bags of personality.
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