Even before spring has arrived to Israel, Haifa is one of the country’s loveliest spots to spend a few days. Locals and those too familiar with Haifa might say there isn’t enough there to keep you entertained that long, but don’t listen. It’s a fantastic spot for refreshing, foggy mornings and breathtaking views of the port. It’s far enough north of Tel Aviv to be away from hustle and bustle, but has plenty of interesting museums—of varying sizes—religious sites of interest, beaches, restaurants, the zoo, parks, and shopping to keep you entertained for at least three days. In the summer, Haifa also has festivals. For nature lovers, the Israel National Trail passes through Haifa, making for a nice pre-determined urban hiking path.
Of course there’s also the incomparable Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, one of the most peaceful places on earth, with its dramatic cascading view of the golden dome and the Port of Haifa. You can also access other interesting regional spots that are nearby for day trips, such as Akko.
For more about Haifa, visit their tourism website or check out my book.