When the entrance to a town is as green and pretty as that into Tarqumya, you know it is going to be a beautifully maintained place. Tarqumya, 12km northwest of Hebron, does not disappoint. The town has the right mixture of lively shopping streets and peaceful, attractive residential areas. Large sprigs of cactus line the roads, and the breathing space between houses gives Tarqumya a sense of tranquillity which is non-existent in the city of Hebron.
This is a modern town with all the amenities, yet it retains the feel of a historic Palestinian town through the old stone houses, crumbling in places. There is also a lively, shaded area where market stalls are piled high with the freshest fruit and vegetables, baked treats and sweets. The hills surrounding Tarqumya are peppered with attractive houses, in and amongst the greenery.