If you missed part one of my Haifa posts make sure you check it out. This day starts with a trip to Wadi Nisnas. It’s an area near the central train station and home to some of the Arab population of the city. Walking through these streets it really feels like you’re in a small village. All the roads are narrow and the buildings tower over. There were markets, people doing their laundry and fun street art. Also here is probably the most famous falafel place in Israel and definitely worth checking out! Make sure you also visit here at night as they turn on string lights and the whole place has a different energy to during the day.
The people from Haifa love the beach so of course I had to check it out. I went west of the city to the Bat Galim Promenade. It’s a nice sandy beach and the sky and sea were both an amazing blue that you couldn’t tell where one ended and the other began. Some of the houses are a little rundown but I think the city is working on renovating them to make the area more tourist friendly.
From the end of the promenade you can grab a cable car up Mount Carmel and visit the Stella Maris Monastery. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that as they were under construction so we took a bus up the hill! The monastery is a very peaceful place (minus the boat load of tourists) and the church is absolutely stunning. I always immediately look up in these kind of places and the ceiling was out of this world. By no means will you spend hours here but it’s a beautiful spot to see and cross off.
You can then take a ten/fifteen minute hike down the hill with breathtaking views and end up at Elijah’s Cave. Elijah was a prophet and in the Hebrew bible he’s supposed to have taken shelter here. I am still a little unsure of the story but the whole experience was very moving. Men and women are divided inside and of course you have to cover your head and dress modestly. A man there who seemed like he was in charge asked our names and blew this epic horn for us. We later found out it was a blessing but at the time we had no idea what was going on!
And that’s what I got up to in Haifa. Again if you missed part one check it out and in a few days I’ll talk about food/drink in the city. I really liked visiting Haifa and getting to experience the diversity of the city. If you’re looking for a more ‘city’ vibe with shops and skyscrapers, head up the mountain and there are bars, clubs and more generic things to do! It’s a very young, tech-driven city but these places mentioned are obviously more tourist/unusual recommendations.