Mount Carmel Area, Haifa
The Louis Promenade, known to one and all as “the Tayelet,” is probably one of the few flat stretches of land you will find in Haifa. Haifa is a city of hills. Wherever you are headed, you face a steep incline (except on the way back, of course). On top of that, many of the homes are perched on hills and built on pillars, so you have to climb several flights of stairs just to get to the front door. Staying in Haifa for any length of time is good for the calf muscles.
For those in the know, there are stairways that cut through the streets, from the top of the Carmel down to the historic old city. From what I understand, there are maps of these “stair trails” that can help you navigate, taking you through different neighborhoods and giving you a taste of the city’s unique topography.
But when you tire of these ups and downs, take a stroll on the Louis Promenade, which runs along Yefeh Nof Street (also called Panorama Road), directly behind the strip of hotels on Hanassi Street. This walkway, which passes through a lovely shady park, was built by a Haifa couple in memory of their son, Louis Ariel Goldschmidt. It offers a stunning view of the lower city and Haifa Bay. On a clear day, you can see Rosh Hanikra, Akko and even Mt. Hermon. From the promenade, there are steps leading down to the gates of the Bahai Gardens.
When I was there in the morning it was sort of hazy, but here’s a tip for photographers: Come in the afternoon and you’ll get much sharper pictures. For a completely different view, come at night and see the bay lit up with thousands of twinkling lights.
Free guided tours in Hebrew and English leave from the entrance to the promenade (89 Yefe Nof St.), opposite the Mane Katz Museum, every Saturday at 10:15 a.m. I was on one of these tours (the Hebrew one) and found the guide extraordinarily knowledgeable and bubbling with stories about Haifa that you won't find anywhere else.
In the entrance to Bet Oren, next to the main road (road number 721), you will find the horse farm. This is a great experience for kids and adults alike. You can go for a ride in the area, one of the most beautiful places in the Carmel mountains.
The hilly parts of Haifa do not have that many accessible places except for maybe this one -- the Louis Promenade. But believe me, it definitely makes up for all the inaccessibility encountered elsewhere in the city and on the mountain. The promenade is a 400 meter walkway on the hill ridge running from the Dan Panorama hotel to the upper entrance of the Bahai gardens, pretty much parallel to Yefe Nof Street. The views are simply stunning, taking in most of the city, the various "Kiryat something" suburbs and the entire northern coast all the way till Rosh HaNikra. There are about 3 disabled parking bays near the Bahai Gardens gate in Yefe Nof Street. From here, the promenade will have a gentle uphill slope till the Dan Panorama at its opposite end. The promenade continues past the Dan Panorama to end in a rather steep pedestrian bridge acros Sha'ar HaLevanon str. This last (or first) stretch can be avoided by entering the promenade at the Western side of the Panorama complex. Note: The area around Sderot HaNaissi just south of the promenade and stretch of hotels is pretty manageable in terms of terrain and there are many fine cafes and restaurants here. It would not be such a bad idea to go for one of the hotels in this part of town -- they are quite expensive, but staying here will save wheelchair users a lot of hassle. The alternative would be to stay somewhere else and come here by car or taxi.
From magor65's Israel Page:
"In the Bible Mt. Carmel is considered to be the symbol of beauty and fertility. Solomon praised his beloved with words: "your head crowns you like Mount Carmel". "Carmel" in Hebrew means 'the vineyard of God'.
The biblical character connected with Mt. Carmel is prophet Elijah. The statue which we can see at the carmelite monastery shows Elijah at the moment of his triumph over the prophets of Baal."
Although mount carmel is not very high (the highest point is 528m) the view from here is very beautiful , the sea , trees and more.
there are many things to do and see here on the mountain.
The Carmel mountain is the green lung of Haifa. The mountains contains some national parks that in weekends becomes to the countries barbecue center and the traffic jams to this direction can be sometimes unbearable but at the end it worth it.
Around the mountains you can find some other attraction such druse villages, some kibbutzim and even little stands that sell drse food alog the road can be quite interesting.
From the carmel mountains you can find some amazing views to the city of Haifa.
In december 2010 a large scale fire hit the Carmel mountains. The fire was the largest in Israel's history and lasted about 3-4 days. 44 people died in the tragic fire and about 5 million trees were burned.
Running parallel to Hanassi Boulevard beyond the main hotels (Dan, Dan Panorama and Nof) is the Louis Promenade. This is the spot for THE view in Haifa, looking northwest across the bay towards Akko.
The Baha'i gardens are below you as is Haifa port and the lower part of the city, the satellite towns spread out in the middle distance hugging the coastline and in the far distance the port of Akko. But look directly north inland and the hills surrounding Haifa. Beyond the industrial zone, biblical towns such as Nazareth can be seen in the far distance....
Don't make the same mistake I did if looking for sunsets - you don't get them from the Promenade as it looks north west!