Salfit City

Despite being hemmed in by illegal Israeli settlements, the city of Salfit has managed to become something of a Palestinian success story.  This small city is home to Al Quds Open University campus, a hospital, a lively high street and a community learning centre complete with library.

It is a large administrative and commercial centre for many surrounding villages in the central West Bank. To the east is an industrial zone which cuts marble and stone, while other industries also operate in the area. Salfit is also the West Bank’s largest olive oil producer, making 1,500 tons annually.

Salfit is perhaps best known for its ‘green revolution’; the move to cultivate much land for agricultural purposes, providing fruit and vegetables to the surrounding villages and towns.

Population: 8,796 (2007)

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What To Do

Palm trees line the road into Salfit, from where the city can be seen, spreading out over the hills in front, with coloured apartment blocks rising out from the trees.

Probably the most interesting part of Salfit to visit is the Old City, nestled as it is, on top of a hill, with its historic buildings and mazy stone streets.

On the side of the valley just below the Old City, is a natural spring, gushing icy cold water from the mountain. The city is surrounded by such springs, which have been a source of dispute with the Israeli settlements for many years now.

Back in the centre of town, there is a lot on offer in terms of shopping, from clothes to electrical supplies. There are also banks and cash machines on the high street.

Where To Eat

There are many small places serving traditional Palestinian food in the city centre. There are also some shops selling typical baked treats and sweets.

Where To Stay

Ramallah has the best range of places to stay in the central West Bank.