Carmel RangeHaifa), is a compact region of hills in Israel extending westwards from the Central Hill country to the Mediterranean Sea.
- – An interesting and busy metropolis, containing the beautiful Baha'i gardens.
- – A romantic town on the south-eastern end of the Carmel Range, overlooking the Mediterranean.
- – the largest and southernmost Druze town in Israel, located in the heart of the Carmel National Park, southeast of Haifa. Established 400 years ago, Daliyat el-Carmel has a population of 13,000 Druze residents, tracing their ancestry to the hill country near Aleppo (Halab) in northern Syria (reflected in their strong Aleppo accent and the name of the largest family in the village - Halabi). A large market in the center of the town sells traditional Druze and Arab products and draws tourists from Israel and from abroad. A memorial center for fallen Druze IDF soldiers also exists in the town. The shrine of Abu Ibrahim is located in Daliyat el-Carmel, and the ruins of several Druze villages are located in the vicinity.
- – built on the ruins of a Byzantine settlement, the village's many Crusader ornaments and relics found on the walls and in the houses lead historians to believe that the village was once a Crusader center. The remains of the fifth-century Jewish settlement of Husifah were unearthed in the village in 1930 and include a synagogue with a mosaic floor bearing Jewish symbols and the inscription "Peace upon Israel". Some 4,500 gold coins dating from the Roman Period were also found. The modern village was founded in the early 18th century, when residents made their living from the olive oil, honey and the excellent grapes growing in the region. Some 9,000 people live today in Isfiya: 70% Druze, the rest Christians and Muslims. The tomb of Abu Abdallah is located here.
- There are also a few small Jewish villages and towns which mainly serve tourists, notably . Much of the Carmel has been declared a nature reserve/natural park to protect it from further development.
From Tel Aviv, leave the freeway (road 2) at Zichron Yaakov. Then either turn left on road 4, or continue straight on road 70, depending on your destination.
There are frequent buses going up and down roads 4 and 70. Buses and service taxis also travel from Haifa to the Druze villages.
MuhrakaA monastery located at the southeastern corner of the Carmel (opposite the town of Yokneam). There are stupendous views of the surroundings if the weather is clear. Traditionally, this is where the Biblical prophet Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Baal. The monastery itself is not that impressive, but more a place for American and Chinese tourist groups seeking souvenirs quoted in US$. You can drive here, or else hike up from the road.
Ein HodAn artist's colony which is fun to walk around, even if you don't end up buying anything.
Janco Dada MuseumIncludes both an art gallery and a lab where you can try your hand at creating your own art in the Dada style.
Nisco Museum of Mechanical MusicHas a unique and captivating collection of music boxes.
Mount Carmel National Park and Nature Reserve
Mei KedemWalk through an underground aqueduct dating to the Byzantine period, which was used to supply the city of Caesarea. Water still flows here, so the site is only open in summer when it's warm enough to be comfortable. You need to participate in an organized tour, which is best purchased ahead of time.
phone: +972 54 789-6361address: HaTamar 2, YokneamA shooting range offering a variety of activities.
HikingIn general the Carmel has lots of beautiful forested landscapes which are great for hiking and biking. Some of the more popular ones are:
Nachal Yagura steep forested riverbed. You start at Isfiya and go down the canyon to Kibbutz Yagur at the foot of the Carmel.
Little Switzerlandwell-known scenic hiking area.
phone: +972 4-8307444address: Beit Oren