Tulkarem is an often overlooked city which is surprisingly attractive. In fact, it is arguably the most stylish of all the West Bank governorate capitals. Located just 15km east of the Mediterranean, Tulkarem has benefited commercially from its central location over the centuries. It is now a vibrant place with pretty paved roads in the centre, while palm tree clusters provide residents with respite from the beating sun during the summer and there are also two rather spectacular water fountains.
The only governmental university in Palestine – the Palestinian Technical University – is located here, as are two campuses of An-Najah National University. The Tulkarem refugee camp has evolved into an eclectic mini-city of its own, and accounts for almost a sixth of residents.