Explore Haifa by footLanguages:
If there’s something frustrating about Haifa (and Jerusalem too, for that matter), it is the issue of bicycles. The bicycle, which in Tel Aviv is considered an efficient means of transportation, simply doesn’t work in a city with all slopes and hills. As for those who claim: “nonsense, a little fitness is good for you,” ask them to pedal up Freud Road. That may be why Haifa’s staircases are such an attraction. Dozens connect upper and lower Haifa, helping residents manoeuvre the city. Ironically, the city began developing from the bottom up, starting with Downtown and the German Colony, via Hadar Hacarmel and the neighbourhoods above it to Central Carmel. The staircases offer scenic vantage points, colourful lanes and hidden spots. Instead of wearing yourself out climbing the stairs, proceed from the top and make your way downtown.
Nahal Siah gets its name in Hebrew and Arabic from the frequent hikers. In both languages, it is derived from words meaning “tour” or “hike.” The walk begins on Lotus Street. Descend to the right near the black trail mark, first on the asphalt road and then down the stairs, into the heart of the gully.
Starting point Stella Maris | Ends at Bat Galim Promenade
The trail begins alongside the Navy Building opposite the Carmelite church and monastery, in the midst of Carob and Mastic trees in a natural forest. Several paths lead to a small domed building - the Holy Family Chapel, which initially served as a windmill. There’s a beautiful view of the sea and Haifa’s neighbourhoods from several terraces next to the chapel and above it. This is the best place to understand Jeremiah's passage: “...and Carmel by the sea; it shall come about” (46.18).