Haifa happens to boast some of the most picturesque views in Israel. It sits on the slopes of Mount Carmel overlooking Haifa Port and a Mediterranean beach strip. Israel’s third largest city is home to the world-famous Baha’i Gardens – and is often described as a model of coexistence among residents from different religious communities.
Once you reach the top of Mount Carmel via the Cable Car, it is an easy walk to the entrance of the Bahai Gardens. There are incredible views looking over the Haifa Port and Mediterranean Sea. What some people may not realise about the Bahai Gardens is that they actually extend beyond just the manicured middle section – the surrounding forests and bushland are part of the gardens, although more unstructured.
If you’ve just toured the Bahai Gardens, its an easy walk down to the bottom of the hill to Ben Gurion Street. This street is filled with restaurants and is also a must-see place at night, where you can get the perfect view of the thousands of lights lighting up the Bahai Gardens.
Haifa has a long stretch of beachfront that is pretty quiet and has great facilities. There are a few little eateries as well as toilets and showers. Its pretty easy to find a stretch of beachfront you can have all to yourself and the water is calm and some of the clearest we have seen! We even had small fish swimming up to us. A great place to watch the sun set over the Mediterranean. If you’re staying around the port/central side of Haifa, it is easy to catch a train or bus around to the beachfront.