196No question about it, Haifa’s primary attraction is the view from the top of the Bahai Gardens, both the view down into the gardens, the view of the port, across the Bay of Haifa all the way up to Lebanon and the Galilean hills. Haifa is an attractive city, set amongst the growing forests of the Carmel. The town planners placed the homes on the ridges, leaving the valleys for nature hikes and water courses. Go down into the German Colony near the port, on Ben Gurion Street, sit and enjoy coffee there and watch the people walk by. Haifa is a great jumping off place from which to make day trips up into the Galilee and even as far as the Syrian border on the Golan Heights, an easy hour and 40 minutes away, with a bathroom stop along the way.