Kur is a beautiful, historical village dating back to 12th century Mamluk rule. Located in the middle of the Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqilya triangle, it is a pretty stopover with residents who are more than happy to show visitors around. Its oldest buildings have been the subject of an emergency project to prevent further deterioration of stonework. These are the highlight of any trip to the village, combined with sumptuous views out across the surrounding olive-covered hills. Roughly 19km southeast of Tulkarem, the majority of the village’s residents are the descendants of a clan called the Jayyusi.

Population: 325 (2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics)

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What To Do

The restoration efforts that have gone into preserving the beauty of Kur’s old buildings is clear to see. Traditional architecture is on display in abundance, and there is a somewhat weathered information sign providing insight into the various building’s functions, including the central remains of an old palace.

Nearby, Nablus and Tulkarem are two very different but excellent cities to explore.

Where To Eat

Head to either Tulkarem, 19km away, for some delicious traditional Palestinian food, or to the larger Nablus, where all manner of restaurants can be found.

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.