Date of Trip: May 2011
Haifa is a much underrated port. Haifa has much to offer and the port terminal is located next to the train station. Wanting to visit interesting and unusual sights, I opted to start the day by traveling to Rosh HaNikra. To get to Rosh HaNikra I took the train to Nahariya (30 minutes) and then a 10 minute cab ride to Rosh HaNikra. Once there, we looked across into Lebanon (you are on the border) and we walked around the lovely white cliffs and got to go inside the tunnels. Both to the north and south, tunnels were carved out by the British for the railroad during WWII to connect Europe and Egypt. In the north tunnel there is a 20 minute film about the history of the railroads. Aside from this, the best part was getting to enter the grottos and walk through the caves.
Afterwards, we grabbed a cab and headed for Akko. Akko, or Acre, is a predominantly Arab town that is quite picturesque with an interesting history. We walked through the old city and visited the Knights’ Templar fortifications and tunnels. We then took the train back to Haifa and walked to the lovely Bah’ai Gardens located on Haifa’s Mount Carmel and got to see the Golden Dome and terraced gardens. Due to closing time of 5pm, we were not able to walk through the gardens.
Overall, we had a terrific day visiting the less traveled part of Israel at a very minimal cost.