Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, and the largest city in northern Israel. The city was founded in the 3rd century BC. Haifa is Israel's best kept secret – the green Carmel Mountain, great beaches, a rich and diverse cultural offerings and high quality of life; all create a wonderful touristic experience. The city is considered to be the Israeli equivalent of San Francisco.
Haifa is famous for its religious tolerance. Holy places are an integral part of the city's tourism experiences, Jews, Christians, Druze, Muslims and Bah'i. Haifa contains many historical sites that considered sacred by many Jews, Christians and Muslims, including the Maronite church and the Saint Mary’s Greek Orthodox Parish Church. Atop the Carmel, holy to Christians, is the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery. Haifa is also the site of Elijah's Cave - the cave considered by Christian tradition to be the grave of the Prophet Elijah.
Haifa's main tourist attraction is the famous Temple and the Baha'I Gardens – the administrative and religious center for the Baha'I religion. The center includes golden Shrine of the prophet Báb and the surrounding gardens.
Haifa has a reputation of its wide variety of malls and shopping centers. The malls have a large variety of shops including international brand names such as Armani, Lacoste, Benetton and Zara among local brands.
You can't be a part of Haifa without enjoying the variety of tastes it has to offer. Haifa is full of places where one can get a good bite to eat, have a drink with friends or sit quietly with a newspaper and a coffee.