Jinsafut is a large village which technically encompasses its commercial and industrial neighbour, Funduk. Stylish, new apartment blocks have sprung up on the edge of Jinsafut since the turn of the millennium, juxtaposing the beautiful old centre. A welfare project by Cordoba Town Hall (in Spain) has worked to improve the standard of living and food safety in the area. Colourful artwork decorates the walls in the historic centre and surrounding roads, while the impressive Omari mosque is the stand-out landmark

Located about halfway between Nablus and Qalqilya (16km from both), Jinsafut comes under the latter’s governorate.

Population: 2,300 (2006)

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What To Do

The Omari mosque – built as long ago as 1890 – is the oldest in Jinsafut and a remarkable sight to behold. The historic centre has the typical hallmarks of an old Palestinian village, with stone steps and beautiful stone houses with domed roofs. Any visitor to Jinsafut should seek out the cute stone path which leads out from the mosque and opens up into an olive grove with wonderful panoramic views.

Nablus, 16km 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

There are fast food places serving up traditional Palestinian fare (shawerma, falafel, hummus etc) dotted throughout the neighbouring economic hub of Funduk. But head to Nablus, 16km 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.