Haifa hasn’t many sights and the towns landmark belongs to a religion I have never heard before: the Bahá’í. It originates from Iran where the members were prosecuted for turning away from Islam. In Haifa you can’t overlook a temple situated on the foothills of Mount Carmel: the shrine of the Báb – dedicated to the founder of the religion.
If you leave Haifa and drive through the Carmel tunnels (with the craziest interchange in the mountains I’ve ever seen; where the roads 23 and the 672 meet) you come to an area close to the sea. At first you’ll see a technology park with all tech giants also known in Europe gathered. But behind this at the shore there is a wonderful beach.
It is said that in Jerusalem they pray, in Tel Aviv they live and in Haifa they work. And if you look at Haifa you absolutely agree: it is nicely fitted onto the foothills of Mount Carmel, but it hasn’t much sights worth visiting. It reminded me much on La Spezia in Italy. And don’t walk throughout the city to find a city center or old town – there isn’t one that deserves that name.
The Bay Club in Haifa, Israel is a nice hotel situated half way between Mount Carmel and the shore, close to a public park. The hotel is a beautiful old buildung surrounded by pine trees, built in mediterranean style like in San Remo, Cannes or Monte Carlo and some rooms have balconies or roof terraces.