History & Culture

The city neighborhoods, especially those on the mountain, are bathed in green, the remains of a Mediterranean forest which once covered Mount Carmel and still exists in the Mount Carmel Nature Reserve south of the city. The wadis which divide the city neighborhoods serve as green lungs and some have become nature reserves with walking paths. At night, the calls of the jackals can be heard in the city and at times, wild boars can be seen climbing up the hillside from the adjacent wadis, looking for  available food.

The first settlement of the city of Haifa began during the Late Bronze Age and remains of non-continuous settlement have been found in Haifa and in the surrounding area until the Arab Period in the seventh century. Later, the city was continuously settled from the Crusader Period at the beginning of the eleventh century up until the present. Within the neighborhoods, on the streets and among the modern structures in the city and its surroundings, there are sites bearing witness to the city’s splendid past.