The Haifa Cable Cars, located at the tip of Haifa that juts out into the Mediterranean, are fabulous both as a quick method of transportation and as a tourist attraction. Climbing up from beside the Bat Galim Promenade all the way up to Stella Maris, the top of the Carmel ridge, the Haifa cable cars provide a view of Haifa and the bay that must be seen.
The Haifa Cable Cars
The Haifa Cable Cars rising up Mount Carmel
As with all cable cars, the Haifa Cable Cars are quite distinct and finding it should not be a problem. From many areas in Haifa, the trio of orange balls – the cable cars – going up and down the mountain, can be clearly seen. At the bottom of the cable cars, across the highway, is a slew of interesting sites including the Clandestine Immigration & Navy Museum (with the ships and submarine exceptionally visible from the cable car), the National Maritime Museum and Elijah’s Cave, of Biblical fame. At the top of the ride, in the wooded Carmel area, a monastery by the name of Stella Maris, Latin for “Star of the Sea” can be found. Stretching back to the Crusader era, the monks originally inhabited the caves on the side of the mountain (and some of the period buildings can still be seen at Elijah’s Cave) and were forced to flee until the time of Napoleon who ruled Haifa in the end of the 18th Century.
Haifa Cable Cars – View from Stella Maris
Be sure to ride on the Haifa Cable Cars if you are spending some time in Haifa, it gives a great sense of the geography of the port city seeing it at an angle different from that visible from the Louis Promenade or the Baha’i Gardens.
Riding the Haifa Cable Cars
One way: NIS 19
Round-trip: NIS 28
Children above the age of 2 require tickets.
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By: Shem Tov Sasson. A Contributing Journalist for Tourist Israel, Shem Tov lives in the small Israeli city of Ma’alot. His personal blog about his experiences and adventures in the Holy Land can be found at Israel’s Good Name.