Qabatya is a large town located 6km south of Jenin which provides services and resources for the surrounding network of villages. Famous for its limestone industry as well as olive groves, there are many busy masonry workshops on its outskirts.

Qabatya is also home to a classic Palestinian old town area, with narrow streets taking you on an unpredictable tour around lovely stone homes, archways and walls. The modern centre exists along both sides of the main road through Qabatya, where seas of chairs fill the space outside coffee shops on sunny days. Here there are also various shops, market stalls and amenities, although residents are of course just a short drive away from the governorate’s capital, Jenin.

Population: 19,197 (2007)

What To Do

The governorate capital, Jenin, is a buzzing city which is surprisingly big on culture and adventure. Nearby Burqin is a beautiful spot also not to be missed.

Where To Eat

Qabatya has several small restaurants and shops. 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. For a more diverse range of accommodation, head to the cities further south.