Haifa Israel is a gorgeous city. The views from atop of Mt Carmel are awe inspiring. On a clear day, and there are many clear days in Israel, you may see the mountains of Lebanon on the north and the snow capped peak of Mount Hermon to the east.
View of Haifa from on top of Mount Carmel
The spirit of the great city
It has a very ancient history dating back to the 14th century BCE. There are archaeological findings of settlement dating to the Bronze Age. It has been under the rule of Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans and British. Since 1948 is an integral part of the State of Israel.
Haifa is the country’s third largest city after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In Hebrew the name is Heifa with an accent on the last a. It is located on a natural bay that goes from Haifa on one side and the city of Acco, Akko or Acre, on the other. It is practically build on top of Mount Carmel, reaching the waters of the port.
Haifa is a secular city where Israeli Arabs and Jews live peacefully for centuries. Haifa is a city home to residents from the main three religions and is a real example of coexistence and tolerance. The Arabs, among them Christians and Moslems live mainly in the neighborhoods Khalisa, Abas and Wadi Nisnas. The latter has become a tourist spot.
The Carmel neighborhood of Ahuza a city by itself
The main sections of Haifa Israel
Hair Hatachtit, meaning down town is the area near the port and it is very busy during the day and calmer during the evenings.
Hadar is the middle part of the city that was built by pioneers looking for better living far from the port area. It was then like going to the suburbs. Now Hadar is the busy section of the city and the real downtown with offices, shops, restaurants, cinemas and entertainment.
Carmel – What was once an area for the “Rich People” only with its spectacular views to the city, the bay and the Galilee, is now a city in itself. It has grown so much that it occupies most of Mount Carmel to the side of Haifa Bay and to the other side to the south and the Mediterranean coast leading to Tel Aviv.
There are many other neighborhoods build in more recent years. Haifa is a great metropolis.
Stella Maris home of the Roman Catholic Carmelite Order
Important Tourist Attractions
Haifa University is one of the country's best
Universities and Museums
Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum
View from Mount Carmel towards the Bay of Haifa
In the beginning of the 1960’s I lived near Haifa in Kiryat Yam on the Haifa Bay and worked at the El Al Israel Airlines offices in the lower city. That was my beginnings in the Travel Industry. I remember those years with much fondness. During lunch hours we used to walk and walk around the city and its parks.
During that time the one and only Sophia Loren came to visit Israel and when she was taken to the top of Mount Carmel and saw the view of the city, the bay and the whole Galilee all the way to Lebanon, she expressed her famous “Bellissima”. I couldn’t agree more with her, Haifa Israel is plainly beautiful.
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haifa by thafer|ahuza n/a
stella maris by ume c23
clandestine by edo m
haifa bay by una ashkenazy
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Map showing the location of Haifa Israel