Aqraba has seen a great amount of conflict, having been under Israeli occupation after the six day war in 1967.

The unemployment has been estimated at 50%, due to the impact of the neighbouring illegal Israeli settlements. But there is much more to this vibrant village, where a short stroll is bound to leave you bowled over by the friendliness and generosity of the residents you encounter.

Aqraba is larger than some of the surrounding villages, with a clear industrial focus.

Population: 8,180 (2007)

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What To Do

Explore the town on foot, greet everyone you meet and you will immediately earn their respect. Pottery sherds (remnants), have been found in the village, dating back to Iron Age ll and Roman times. There is a picturesque mosque built with ancient stones and adorned with Greek inscriptions.

Anyone around will happily show you the way to Yanon spring, which is a short journey through the village. To the north of the city there is a fort called Qal’at al-Hosn while there are also tombs carved from rock on the nearby hillside.

Where To Eat

Aqraba is big enough to offer the usual delicious Palestinian street food, as well as supermarkets and smaller speciality shops.

Where To Stay

The thriving city of Nablus is only 18km away.