Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel and is located about 90 km north of Tel Aviv. Haifa has a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and cool and not-too-rainy winters.
Haifa is an ancient town, first mentioned around the 3rd century, when it was home to Rabbi Avdimos and other Jewish scholars from the Talmudic era. However, the little fishing village was
always overshadowed by a much greater city, Acre, and became a major port on the Mediterranean coast only in the 20th century.
Five Great Reasons to Visit Haifa:
• The views - the Haifa Scenic Way is the first of its kind in Israel. The tour passes 21 lookout points that are spread across 60 km along the Carmel Ridge, encompassing various points of interest in the city.
• The Baha'i Gardens - The Baha'i Shrine and Persian Gardens is undoubtedly the most impressive place to visit in Haifa. It is the world center of the faith, which originated in Persia in 1844, and the shrine's golden dome has become the city's most prominent landmark. Book a tour in advance to stroll through the 19 terraces of tranquil and amazingly landscaped gardens.
• The International Haifa Film Festival is held annually at the end of September and the beginning of October. About 200 films from more than 40 different countries are screened in this week-long internationally renowned event.
• Nightlife - Haifa is a blue collar industrial city by day, and a hopping party town by night, with numerous pubs, clubs and dance bars. The Gobi Dance Bar for example, has huge glass windows overlooking Haifa Bay; and Little Haifa is one of Haifa's oldest watering holes, with a great international ambience and the best beers in town.