For a town with a population of little over 10,000, Al-Khader certainly has a lot to offer. The surrounding fields are very picturesque, with rolling swathes of grape vines, olive trees and fig trees stretching out into the distance. But Al-Khader is home to a range of wonderful sights and sites within its boundaries, waiting to be explored. St George’s Monastery can be entered, while there is also the renovated Convention Palace adjacent to the Murad Fortress.
Not forgetting, of course, the legendary Solomon’s Pools, three large reservoirs which were part of a complex, ancient water system. As well as historical sites, Al-Khader also boasts an international football stadium with seating for 6,000 spectators. Every September, the town hosts a grape festival to promote its key agricultural product. The festival also includes exhibitions of homemade grape products, mills and grinders as well as embroidery and knitting. Al-Khader is also just 5km west of the thriving city of Bethlehem.
Population: 9,774 (2007)