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Haifa is known to be the capital of the north of Israel. It can be a great place to tour around and a great base from which to visit places further north, such as Acre, and to the south, Caesarea. It is adjacent to the Druze villages and the nature reserves of Mount Carmel.
 
The Druze Villages on the Carmel
Visitors can experience the Druze culture in Isfiyah and Daliat El Carmel the Druze villages close to Haifa. The colourful Daliat El Carmel market offers Druze handicrafts, traditional food, Druze pita bread and more. In Isfiayh you can visit Albadieh - the centre for Bedouin Heritage where you can learn about Bedouin culture in a traditional tent and hear stories about Bedouin tribal life, religion and tradition and for the children there are activity workshops.
 
 
Carmel National Park
Covering some 21,000 acres, the Carmel Park is Israel's largest National Park. It’s a perfect place to go exploring and picnicking and offers activities such as special trails for bikes and also Jeep tours. These tours pass through beautiful Middle East forests that are filled with ruins, holy sites, flora and fauna surrounded by magnificent views. And if you took a day to discover the wonderful Carmel Mountain and nature, make your way towards Nesher and look for the hanging bridges. Two long rope bridges were built here recently on the bushy Carmel slopes. They provide stunning view as well as fun family adventure.
 
Rosh Hanikra Cliff and Grottoes
The unique Rosh Hanikra white cliff formed by the grottoes carved into the rock by eons of breaking waves allow us to enter and watch a romantic meeting point of See and Rock. A cable car takes visitors down from the white cliff to the hidden grotto. There is an audio-visual presentation "Railway to Peace," as well as a restaurant, a souvenir shop and night time coffee shop. (An hour drive north of Haifa).
 
Habonim Beach & Caesarea
One of the most pleasing to the eye and interesting of Israel's beaches is Habonim Beach Nature Reserve. The natural beach is located within the reserve with the largest number of inlets, carved out by waves and wind, sandy recesses, reefs, caves and weaves that crash to the shore. (Twenty minutes drive south of Haifa)
South of the nature reserve is Caesarea, an ancient port city that served as capital of Israel during Roman and Byzantine times. Caesarea's ancient Roman amphitheatre has been renovated and reconstructed and it is a venue today for culture and entertainment. There is also an aqueduct from Roman times, and impressive archaeological findings. (Half hour drive south of Haifa).
 
The Wine Route in Zichron Ya'acov
The Wine Route is a reconstruction of the main street of the village of Zichron Ya'acov, founded in the late 19th century by Baron Edmond De Rothschild. It begins at the cemetery and Visitors' Center, concluding at the Carmel Mizrahi Winery. The settlement's historical sites are located along the route, as well as wineries and wine cellars. (Half hour drive south of Haifa).
 
Scattered along the route are local picturesque coffee houses, galleries and restaurants adding to the area's unique charm. Art fairs and street performances take place in Zichron Ya'acov, during the summer months and there are performing artists, too. The town is also home to Aharonson House - commemorating an important chapter in the early modern history of pre-State Israel. The Ramat Hanadiv Gardens are also worth a visit.
 
 
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