Anabta is an eclectic and rather attractive town, with both a modern, bustling centre and a quietly beautiful historic quarter. The picturesque roads into the town centre are lined with luscious palm trees and there are chaotic patches of cacti throughout the town. The busy high street is home to a number of fast food vendors, quirky stores and even a chocolate shop.

Large and ornate stone gates heralds the entrance to the Old Town, which has the typical paved roads, hidden stairways and domed roofs. Anabta, located just 9km east of Tulkarem, is one of the oldest municipalities in the Tulkarem governorate. The fields surrounding the town are planted with figs, olives and almonds and interspersed with patches of forest.

Anabta is the birthplace of the novelist, poet and journalist Anwar Hamed, who currently works for BBC Arabic in London. Hamed was schooled in Hungary, and thus has also written works in Hungarian as well as Arabic and English.

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What To Do

The maze-like Old Town is a fascinating area to explore, with classic stone buildings, beautiful arches, domed roofs and enticing paths.

Tulkarem, 9km away, is a surprisingly attractive city with a lively buzz.

Nablus, to the south, is a heaving city with a fascinating sheltered market, as well as some beautiful churches and excellent archaeological sites.

The excavated Roman town at Sebastiya is also not to be missed.

Where To Eat

There are several places to find a meal on the bustling high street, from fried chicken to the slightly healthier falafel vendor. Head to a city such as Tulkarem or Nablus for a greater range of restaurants.

Where To Stay

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