Kofr al-Labad

Nestled amongst tree-covered slopes, Kofr al-Labad is a small and peaceful village. Attractive modern houses have sprung up out of the historical ruins in the oldest parts of the village, as it evolves into the 21st century. A historic castle was renovated by SIDA in 2011 and is now used as a venue for weddings and other community events. There is a smattering of small shops in the village, but with Tulkarem just 9km to the west, nearly everything can be purchased there. Kofr al-Labad has traditionally relied on its production of olives, fruits and wheats.

Population: 4,074 (2007)

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What To Do

The renovated castle is certainly the village’s focal point, regularly hosting weddings for the residents, it is open for visitors to explore. Reopened in 2011 after work by SIDA, there is an attractive courtyard centred on a fountain and palm trees. It is located in the heart of a beautiful Old Town, home to traditional domed roofs, arched windows and several donkey stables.

Nearby Kofr Rumman is a fairytale village, while Tulkarem, 11km 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 place to find a meal on nearby Anabta’s bustling high street, from greasy 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 accommodation hotels in Nablus and several up north in Jenin, but a much more expansive range further south in the more modern and lively Ramallah.