Haifa and the Northern Coast: Places to Explore

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  • Akko

    The Old City of Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an enchanting mix of mosques, markets, and vaulted Crusader ruins (many of them underground). A walk through the cobbled alleys and outdoor...

  • Benyamina

    Picturesque Benyamina, the youngest settlement in the area, was founded in 1922 and has several wineries. It was named after Baron Edmond de Rothschild, the head of the French branch of the famous...

  • Caesarea

    The Phoenicians discovered it, and the Romans fell in love with it: Caesarea is most famous for its intriguing Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins, but also offers a stroll through artists’...

  • Daliyat el Carmel and Isfiya

    Daliyat el Carmel (Vine of the Carmel) is Israel's largest Druze village, and its weekend market, oil press, and hilweh (house of worship) are well worth exploring. Though most of the younger...

  • Ein Hod

    A charming village nestled in ancient olive groves on the western slope of Mt. Carmel, Ein Hod is home to some 500 residents, most of them sculptors, painters, ceramicists, architects, jewelers,...

  • Haifa

    Spilling down from the pine-covered heights of Mt. Carmel, Haifa is a city with a vertiginous setting that has led to comparisons with San Francisco. The most striking landmark on the mountainside...

  • Mukhraka

    You can't miss Mukhraka, marked by a tall white statue of Elijah the Prophet with his sword raised on high. Just beyond is the graceful Carmelite monastery with a sweeping rooftop view of the...

  • Nahariya

    This vibrant seaside recreation spot, Israel’s northernmost coastal town, was built along the banks of a river lined with eucalyptus trees. (The town's name comes from nahar, Hebrew for "river.") The...

  • Nahsholim-Dor

    The beautiful beach at Dor is fit for a king—not surprising since it has a royal history. Founded 3,500 years ago, biblical Dor was once the maritime capital of the Carmel coast. The best harbor...

  • Netanya

    The lively resort city of Netanya (literally, "gift of God") has a pretty seaside promenade along the cliffs, endless sandy beaches, a pleasant town square, and plenty of cafés and restaurants....

  • Rosh Hanikra

  • Zichron Ya'akov

    Zichron Ya'akov, the country’s first moshava, or cooperative farming community, was founded in 1882 with the help of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. From the beginning, it centered on its vineyards...

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