The City of Haifa

Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 265,000 people. Haifa has a mixed population of Jews and Arabs, although Jews make up about 90% of it. The city is built on the slopes of Mount Carmel and around the Haifa Bay along the Mediterranean coast. Haifa is also the centre of the Haifa metropolitan area, home to about 1,000,000 people, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Israel.

The Port of Haifa is the largest port in Israel, serving both passengers and cargo ships. Besides the importance of the cargo harbour, Haifa’s industry also plays important role in Israel’s economy. Several high-tech parks, hosting manufacturing and R&D facilities for companies like Intel, IBM, Microsoft and Google, and one of the two petroleum refinery of Israel are located in and around the city. Therefore, Haifa is sometimes called a city of workers.

Haifa Hanging Gardens

Haifa is especially famous for the Shrine of the Báb and the surrounding hanging gardens on Mount Carmel, which became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Due to its location, Haifa offers a large numbers of beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean coast. But Haifa is also home to several museums, including the popular Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space.

For more information about Haifa and the broader metropolitan area, please visit the homepage of the Haifa Tourists Board .