The intimidating Israeli checkpoint at Atara bridge is the only way in and immediate evidence that this village has gone through some incredibly tough periods. But what lies within is a small, likeable village perched atop its own hill, with wonderful panoramic views in every direction. In fact, it is one of the highest villages in the entire West Bank; 15km north of Ramallah, Atara sits 810m above sea level. Eggs and olives are Atara’s primary agricultural exports, but the economy has been seriously strained allegedly due to nearby Israeli settlers harvesting the olive crop for their own.
Population: 2,270 (2007)