Nahalin is a large village set in a beautiful area of rolling pine forests, southwest of Bethlehem. The word ‘nahaleen’ is Arabic for those who collect honey from bees, and this is what the village has traditionally been famous for. In fact, many beehives are still in use in Nahalin today. The village has a strong agricultural focus in general, with almond and olive trees, grapevines and parsley fields all a common occurrence.

While the centre is a relatively bustling place, with small shops lining the central street into the heart of the built-up area. However, its location inside the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc means Nahalin is totally surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements. Much land has been lost to the settlers, depriving many of the village’s farmers of their livelihood.

Population: 6,827 (2007)

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What To Do

The lush greenery surrounding Nahalin is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Palestine, and the road into the village is a treat to travel on. There is an old section of the village, with a somewhat ramshackle collection of hauntingly beautiful old houses with stone arches and domed roofs still intact. While in the centre of town you will find a number of different grocery stores and shops.

Where To Eat

There are several small shops for stocking up on supplies, but for restaurants the best option is Bethlehem to the north and the surrounding towns of Beit Sahour and Beit Jala.

Where To Stay

There is a great variety of hotels in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as well as four to the south in Hebron.