9 Things to Do in Haifa That You Shouldn't Miss

February 9, 2018 Darleen Reid

Haifa (Hebrew: חֵיפָה‬ Hefa [χei̯ˈfa, ˈχai̯fa]; Arabic: حيفا‎ Hayfa) is the third-largest city in Israel – after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv– with a population of 279,591 in 2016. The city of Haifa forms part of the Haifa metropolitan area, the second- or third-most populous metropolitan area in Israel. It is home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a destination for Bahá'í pilgrims.
Restaurants in Haifa

1. Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome

61 Yefe Nof | Mount Carmel, Haifa 3464701, Israel +972 4-831-3131
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome

Extending from the summit of Mount Carmel, this magnificent garden features 19 terraces and its centerpiece, the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, which contains the tomb of Siyyad Ali Muhammed.

Reviewed By grip652 - Memphis, Tennessee

This is a religious monument to the founder of the Baha'i faith. If you enter at the top the views down of the Gardens and the port of Haifa and wonderful. You'll find many people there on pilgrimages, wedding parties, from all over the world. Members of the faith are happy to tell you the origins and answer your questions. From the top you can't walk down very far, but, the view is what's important here. Go down to the foot of the Gardens and you can walk up to see more of the Gardens, you can't go beyond the dome from either direction. Fountains, sculptured greenery and flowers make it a delightful stop. There are many restaurants in the lower area. At night the dome and path are lit and offer nice photos from a distance.

2. Yefe Nof Street

Yefe Nof St, Haifa, Israel
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4.5 based on 372 reviews

Yefe Nof Street

Reviewed By Avi P

This street offers an excellent view of Haifa port and the North sea shore to Akko and beyond. Recommended to walk along

3. Louis Promenade

Haifa, Israel
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4.5 based on 580 reviews

Louis Promenade

Reviewed By GillianJhb - Johannesburg South Africa

If you aren't intending to explore the Bahai Gardens, I would still suggest you go up to the top entrance (which is one street lower than the Louis Promenade I think) for the view and photo opportunities from there.

4. Mada Tech - The Israel National Museum Of Science

Balfour Street, Haifa, Israel +972 4-867-9104
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4.5 based on 400 reviews

Mada Tech - The Israel National Museum Of Science

This museum, through interactive exhibits and its Education Center, teaches a range of science concepts including mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, acoustics, robotics, aeronautics and communication.

Reviewed By MawaNewYork - Westchester County, New York

Don't bother. There are so many other better places to visit in Haifa. Check out the Hecht museum for an outstanding one. This museum gets a lot of school trips, probably due to their hands on activities and displays geared to school age children. Us - not so much.

5. Dado Beach

Haifa, Israel +972 4-852-2215
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4.5 based on 284 reviews

Dado Beach

Reviewed By 409gadj - Haifa, Israel

All year around but specially on sunny day, is a great place for walking relaxing and eating.
It is sandy long shore, 2 km. Long with all the facilities (toilets showers etc ) no need to pay .Lots of nice restaurants,a walk path public sitting areas
Highly recommend

6. Carmel National Park

Haifa, Israel +972 4-822-8983
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Carmel National Park

The Hay-Bar on the Carmel is devoted to the raising of endangered and extinct animals of the region and possible re-introduction to the wild. The park maintains breeding cells of Persian fallow deer (Dama dama mesopotamica), roe deer (capreolus capreolus), as well as various types of vultures and other raptors, which are also part of the re-introduction and re-acclimatization program.

Reviewed By Yitzchak M - Ramat Gan, Israel

The Carmel National Park, also affectionately known as “Little Switzerland”, is a national treasure of wild nature despite the massive forest fire of 2010. It is a virtual Garden of Eden for us nature lovers. Stretching along the top of the Carmel Ridge from Haifa University to the Druze village of Dalia-El-Carmel, from the Carmel Ridge westward to the Mediterranean Sea, the park offers a choice of world-class hikes and views, such as Mount Shokef, the Kelach Stream, the Kelach outlook, the Galim Stream, the Sifunim Stream, the Cliff of 40 (Tzuk HaArbayim), the Finger Ridge, the Tree Valley (Bikat Alon), the Hanging Bridges, and much, much more. A visit to the Carmel National Park is a MUST for any SERIOUS nature lover!

7. Hecht Museum, University of Haifa

University of Haifa, Mount Carmel 31905, Haifa, Israel +972 4-825-7773
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Hecht Museum, University of Haifa

Reviewed By Monty B - Rock Hill, South Carolina

The dichotomy of having ancient and Biblical artifacts in one area and modern art in another fascinates me, but the Hecht manages to do both well. There are so many fascinating ancient things on display--ossuaries, mosaics, glassware, instruments of war. I spent hours here. Wandering upstairs, there was some contemporary art, including a set of paintings done on bubble wrap. My personal favorites were the works of the impressionists, including Manet and Monet.

8. Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery

Stella Maris Road | Carmel, Haifa, Israel +972 4-833-7758
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery

Serving as a pilgrimage centre, this impressive church of the Carmelite Order houses a collection of antiques and its nearby monastery once served as a hospital for Napoleon’s soldiers.

Reviewed By eddebruin - Gorinchem, The Netherlands

The monastery has simple hotel facilities, but of very adequate quality. They do provide a nice dinner and a good breakfast.
The people are very friendly and always willing to discuss or explain what their contribution is in Israel. It is their dedication to a religious position in Israel that makes it moving.

9. Hanging Bridge at Nesher Park

Haifa, Israel
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Hanging Bridge at Nesher Park

Reviewed By Gad N - Israel

The park is located about 10 kilometers from Haifa center and is a nice option for couple of hours hiking in the area (especially for those who already visited the more popular Carmel's trails.
The trail is nice especially at the flowering season. The hanging Bridges (two) are fun.

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