THEY say ''Tel Aviv plays, Jerusalem prays, but Haifa works''.
It is a city made up of a sharp tapestry; because it is geared toward business and industry it is slightly awkward about tourists and far from fashion-forward. Shopping avenues in Haifa give way to a large number of hi-tech companies, for example Microsoft, Philips, Google and Amdocs.
A stay in Haifa is the only way for you to get past its ''shirtsleeve reputation'' and recognize its unspoiled beaches on the way to becoming labeled Haifa’s “Riviera”.
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Haifa’s cosmopolitan spirit makes it a real cultural mosaic. Jews, Muslim and Christian Arabs, Ahmis,Druze,Bahais, and other cultures meet and mix in Haifa.
To put it into context for you, just a century ago Haifa was a home to only 20,000 inhabitants among them to be found 82 percent Muslim Arab, 14 percent Christian Arabs, and 4 percent Jewish residents.
To get the Haifa of today, you should multiply by several times each of these numbers.
The 300,000-strong population of Haifa lives in the third-largest Israeli city located on the forested slopes of Mount Carmel. Thus, Haifa is sandwiched between the peaks with the Hadar business district in-between industrial area at the mountain's footstep and Carmel area at its top.
Attractions are scattered throughout the hills, but mainly concentrated in Carmel area;
- Bahai Gardens and the adjacent World Center, an impressive green area to take it easy and visit one of the holiest place in Haifa – World Center
- Stella Martis, a French Carmelite church right at the top of Mount Carmel is linked to Cave of Elijah by special hiking trail
- German Colony, a remnant of German Templar Society, it changed with the turn of 20th century, but is still alive with coffee houses and restaurants throughout.
Ferry tours from Haifa to Athens and back also should be added to this list. In a twinkle of an eye you can bring history to life in Athens, but you will be back to make it come alive in Haifa too.
Many times captured, first by Persians, Arabs and finally crusaders, Haifa overcame in 1761 when a modern era for Haifa began. Daher El-Omar, Bedouin ruler of Acre and Galilee, rebuilt the town, while Templers put it on the way of modernization. By the beginning of 20th century Hejaz railway and Technion had been established therefore Haifa rose as an industrial hub.
From it past to present, Haifa saw an undercurrent of changes in terms of culture, population and history, but one thing is constant - Haifa fits best with Booked.net – all hotels at the lowest possible rates.