Huwara, Palestine


Huwara is a large town just 9km south of Nablus, surrounded by four Israeli settlements. Despite suffering a history of random acts of violence from the settlers, Huwara is still managing to prosper. The main road is lined with businesses and shops, with taxis constantly flying up and down. This is a loud and lively town, humming with activity.

Population: 5,800 (2006)

What To Do

The newer town area has many different shops and amenities, but the real beauty is to be found in the Old City up on the hill above. Here the wonderful, historic architecture has been restored in places, while elsewhere it is crumbling and overcome with swathes of cactus, fig and olive trees. The remains of columns, as well as graves in the rocks, have been found in this area.

Ornate mosques, so typical of the West Bank, punctuate the skyline of this eclectic town as you gaze down from the lofty Old City.

Where To Eat

There are many places to eat traditional Palestinian food along the main high street, while in Nablus – 9km away – a great variety of restaurants are on offer.

Where To Stay

The best bet for accommodation is Nablus, 9km away.