Palestine or the West Bank may not exactly scream ‘vacation’, the troubles that have taken place in this region over many years do not need any explanations but despite its war-torn reputation, this part of the World is an amazing place to spend your vacation time. With more historical and cultural attractions per square mile than anywhere else in the World along with lots of opportunities for tourists to have fun, Palestine should definitely be on your list of choices if you are looking for an altogether different type of vacation. To help make your mind up as to whether you would enjoy somewhere like Palestine, here are the top things to see and do when you’re there.
The heart of Palestine and the Christian, Islamic and Jewish world, Jerusalem is where any Palestine traveler should start their journey. This beautiful city is laced with culture and heritage, it is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the World and it is split up into varying quarters based on different cultures and histories. The traditional buildings here are more than just old, these are buildings that were built thousands of years ago and have stood the test of time. The markets in Jerusalem are plentiful and vast, vendors selling breads, olives, meat, religious artifacts and handmade wares are everywhere and the city still operates in a very traditional manner.
There is a beautiful hilltop village called Taybeh where each year they have their very own Oktoberfest, German-style beer and lederhosen included. The story goes that a local family learned their beer brewing skills in Germany and upon their return to Palestine decided that they would launch their very own Oktoberfest for the locals. The festival features oompa bands as well as local musicians who turn this quaint village into a mini-Munich for a week or two each year.
Hisham’s Palace, Jericho
Jericho is something of a sleepy city, it sees a lot of tourism during the summer months as a result of its relative temporal climate compared with other parts of Palestine and there is much to do and see. One such attraction is Hisham’s Palace, the main draw of this palace is its outstanding architecture and intricately designed parts, the palace was largely destroyed by an earthquake and the pieces that still remain are outstanding in their craftsmanship.
Going to Palestine without visiting Bethlehem would be nothing short of criminal. This is hugely important place in both Christian’s and Muslim’s lives is considered the birthplace of Jesus Christ or Issa and if in if you’re not religious you simply must witness the ceremonies and the prayer times that take place in the pious city. A couple of days will be sufficient in Bethlehem, enough to take in the scenery, the ancient buildings and experience the divine effect that religion has on the city. Like many other areas of Palestine, the food here is outstanding, market vendors and people on the street looking to make you a deal you cannot refuse, there is a beautiful energy in this part of Palestine and you need to go and see it.