Hajjah is an exquisite little town which does not make nearly enough of its superbly restored historic quarter, or Old Town. The network of stone streets, steps and impressive architecture is a pleasure to explore on foot. Its mosques are a case of old and new, with the old taking pride of place in amongst the Old Town, standing out proudly with its bright gold dome. While the new mosque sits in a privileged position on its own hilltop adjacent to the town centre, fringed by greenery and reached by a winding road.

There are small shops dotted throughout the town, and some bigger stores lining the central road through the newer part of Hajjah. Hajjah is located 18km west of Nablus, but actually comes under the Qalqilya governorate. Hajjah is originally an Aramaic word which means ‘market’ or ‘society’.

Population: 2,500 (2006)

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What To Do

An exploration of Hajjah’s Old Town feels almost like a journey back in time some 500 years. Charming stone streets and steps take you past original arches, impressive structures and intricate stone work. If ever there was a place crying out for a café, coffee shop or hostel to help realise its visitor potential, it is Hajjah.

Nablus, 18km away, is a heaving city with a fascinating market quarter, as well as some beautiful churches and excellent archaeological sites. It is a must for any tour of Palestine.

As is the excavated Roman town at Sebastiya, while the Palestinian cities of Tulkarem and Qalqilya also have much to offer.

Where To Eat

Head to Nablus, 18km away, for a range of different restaurants. Alternatively, Tulkarem and Qalqilya are home to some of the best – and cheapest – traditional Palestinian eateries there are.

Where To Stay

There is a decent range of accommodation hotels in Nablus, but a much more expansive range further south in the more modern and lively Ramallah.