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Located on the historic slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean, Haifa's terraced landscape features panoramic views of the sparkling bay and medieval fortress city of Acre. To the east lies the snow-capped peak of Mount Hermon. An important industrial port, Haifa is Israel's northern capital and third largest city. Visitors will find a unique blend of traditional and contemporary culture. It is home to ancient temples, churches and mosques, as well as elegant hotels, shopping malls, cinemas and white-sand beaches.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Perhaps the most popular and most visited attraction in Haifa is the magnificent Baha'I Shrine and Gardens. With its stone peacocks and eagles and meticulously manicured cypress trees, these beautiful, geometric cascading gardens were originally planned by Shogi Effendi, the late Guardian of the Faith. Recent redesigns and improvements have put these gardens on a level with some of the most magnificent horticultural marvels in the world.
Like the rest of Israel, soccer and basketball are two of Haifa's most popular spectator sports. Maccabi Haifa, the city's championship soccer team plays against some of the elite teams in the world. However, if team sports aren't your thing, Haifa's seaside location offers almost every kind of watersport, from swimming and sailing to snorkeling and much more.
Because of Haifa's mountainous setting, you won't find too many shops accessible by walking. In Haifa, malls and shopping centers rule. And there are lots to choose from. Grand Canyon (in Hebrew, kenion, a similar sounding word to canyon, actually means mall) is considered by many to be the biggest and most popular. Inside you'll find a wide variety of famous international brands including Armani, Lacoste, Benetton and Zara as well as locally produced products, arts and crafts.
Haifa is a modern and diverse town. And that diversity is reflected in its cuisine. In general, you'll find the food is a fusion of East and West, with a particular emphasis on fresh ingredients. Regional specialties include lamb, gefilte (white fish), falafel (deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas), hummus (ground seasoned chickpeas), tahini (sesame seed paste) and shiska (charcoal grilled meat on a skewer). You'll also find many first-class restaurants featuring seafood, Italian, steaks/chops, vegetarian and Chinese.
Israel's currency is New Israel shekel (NIS or shekel).
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