Faqqua, located 11km east of Jenin in the northern West Bank, is famous in the area for its plentiful cactus fruit. This relatively large village no longer relies entirely on agriculture for its income, but farms and olive groves still dominant the verdant scenery. Many families now earn their livelihoods by working in Jenin, the governorate capital, a short ten-minute drive away.

Faqqua is a charming village; where goats roam freely, munching on the aforementioned cactus, as old men sit outside their homes playing cards. Many of the homes and gardens are decorated beautifully with bright flowers and lush trees.

The main high street is home to a small range of shops and is also the spot where the taxi service to Jenin departs. There are four mosques in Faqqua and two schools, one for girls and the other for boys.

Population: 3,490 (2006)

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What To Do

Jenin, 11km away, is a buzzing city which is surprisingly big on culture and adventure. The nearby Burqin church is also a must-see for all visitors to the Jenin area, as it is brimming with historical significance and kept in arrestingly beautiful condition.

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. Alternatively, head south to Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem for much more variety.