Deir Sharaf, Palestine

Deir Sharaf

Comfortably nestled in the hills on the outskirts of Nablus, Deir Sharaf emits a simple beauty through its historic streets and homes. The enormous blue dome on the central mosque stands out spectacularly against the backdrop of classic Arabic architecture. Deir Sharaf retains its Old Town feel, as there is very little in the way of modern building. Located just 9km northwest of Nablus, it is close to everything the bustling city has to offer. There are still several shops in the centre of Deir Sharaf, keeping residents topped up with the basics.

Population: 2,833 (2007)

What To Do

Deir Sharaf has its own museum, aptly named the Deir Sharaf museum. To enter, it is best to ask in the village centre or at the shops for a guide to pick up the key and show you around. Built in November 2011, the museum is built over various historical remains dating back to the Roman era.

The city of Nablus is not to be missed. Its market is wonderfully vibrant and buzzing but without the pushy vendors looking to take advantage of tourists in Jerusalem and, to a lesser extent, Bethlehem.

There is also the last remaining Samaritan settlement on a mountain above, as well as various archaeological sites and a beautiful Greek Orthodox monastery on the site of Jacob’s Well.

Where To Eat

Nablus does not quite rival Ramallah in the dining stakes yet, but there is still a multitude of good value typical Palestinian restaurants and some more international spots.

Where To Stay

There is a range of accommodation options in Nablus, but more so further south in Ramallah, or even Bethlehem, Jericho and Jerusalem.