On a Saturday morning, we woke up early and drove to see the sunrise in Haifa. The pre-picked point was the viewpoint near Stella Maris Monastery.
Map of the area:
Stella Maris Monastery
The Bible tells us that the Prophet Elijah fought on Mount Carmel against prophets of the Baal (Canaanite deity). From then to this day, Carmel Mountain retains its religious significance. According to tradition, Elijah hid in the cave at the slopes of the sea star ridge. Nonetheless, the Carmelite Christians sanctified an additional cave at the top of the ridge and erected a large monastery above, which today constitutes their world centre.
The church is open all week and entrance is free of charge.
Hours: 08:30-12:00, 15:00-18:00
After visiting Stella Maris Monastery we were quite hungry and drove in search of breakfast.
Bahai Gardens And The Port
It wasn’t easy to find someplace to eat at 8 am on Saturday, but we managed to find a bakery with freshly made pastries.
Overall, waking up early wasn’t that fun, but the experience and the photographs you get are well worth it.
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!
For additional attractions nearby see Haifa page.