With a tantalising display of traditional stone houses, elegant arches and white domed roofs, Arraba is a very attractive town to explore. Located 13km southwest of bustling Jenin, it is a commercial hub in itself for the small surrounding agricultural villages.

The beautiful old town has been lovingly restored while retaining its authenticity. Particularly noteworthy are the large lamps which hang over the streets, providing atmospheric lighting as the sun sets. Rising dramatically out of the historic centre is the impressive Great Mosque, reached by winding stone paths.

Away from the old town, Arraba is a much livelier place but still blessed with classic Arabic architecture and an enticing mix of quirky shops and old ruins.

Population: 9,920 (2007)

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What To Do

Arraba is a wonderful Palestinian town to leave your car and really get your teeth into on foot. Its arches and alleys reveal an exquisitely restored historic centre, punctuated by the Great Mosque.

Jenin, 13km to the north, is a hive of activity with a lot for visitors to see. Nearby Burqin is a beautiful spot also not to be missed.

Where To Eat

Jenin is home to a range of sit-down restaurants, as well as some of the tastiest shawarma joints in Palestine.

Where To Stay

There are several hotels in Jenin, as well as a hostel which is popular with travellers called Cinema Jenin Guesthouse.