Snow is not something many people associate with Palestine, but in Halhul, a large town just 5km north of Hebron, it snows every winter without fail. This vibrant town is the highest inhabited place in Palestine, at 916 metres above sea level. It is a hive of activity with many businesses and lots of traffic passing through.
Muslim tradition states that the prophet Jonah is buried in this town, and the Mosque of Nabi Yunus (prophet Jonah) currently stands over the alleged site. It is from Jonah that the town takes its name, as he stayed in the area for a year, and hala (stay/live) and hul (one year) make Halhul.
The Old City is the most attractive and interesting place to wander, with several hidden gems to be found, while the main street is a lively, frenetic place of business, shopping and socialising.
Population: 22,108 (2007)