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Jenin

Jenin

Through the Jenin Region’s almond groves, Ottoman-era palaces, Byzantine churches, Mediterranean landscapes, windy mountain peaks, and hidden Roman ruins, the stories of the landscape become clear. Ancient tales abound in the region: a holy man who, when scorned by a local village, built a mystical dwelling on a hilltop that looked over every town but the one that had spurned him. A French traveler who, though expecting to be hosted in a Bedouin sheikh’s tent, instead discovered a luxurious palace guarded by lions. The collection of folklore embedded in the Jenin Region’s countryside is vast and perhaps as enticing as the region’s stunning views.

The bucolic setting of the region gives way to city noise as the trail approaches Nablus, sitting between two looming mountains. The city, famed for products such as olive oil soap and the sweet, cheesy knaffeh, contains a beautiful old city that can be explored through a network of labyrinthine streets where one will find old spice mills, Turkish bathhouses, and splendid manors. Atop neighboring Mt. Gerizim, the Samaritans, a tiny group once nearly extinct, preserve their religion and priesthood on their holy mountain. Just outside Nablus, a once-great Roman city lies buried under the earth, with only a few of its temples and palaces yet visible.


Stages

Stage 1: Rumana to Burqin (17.0 km)
Stage 2: Burqin to Araba (15.1 km)
Stage 3: Araba to Sanur (12.1 km)
Stage 4: Sanur to Sebastia (15.6 km)
Stage 5: Sebastia to Nablus (10.1 km)

Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries:
Day Hike: Sanur to Sebastia – On one of the West Bank’s best days of hiking, scale two prominent mountain peaks that were once used as holy men’s retreats and as sites for regional signal fires.

Day Hike: Rumana to Burqin – Get a feel for the quiet, green countryside of the Jenin Region. Wind across the hills above the local villages to an ancient church commemorating the site of one of Jesus’s miracles.

Three Days: Araba to Nablus – Hike from town to town, spending each night surrounded by an Ottoman citadel or a Roman city. End your hike by exploring the busy markets of Nablus’s Old City and paying a visit to the tiny Samaritan community’s cultural museum.

Five Days: Hike the full Jenin Region route to discover the rich stories and landscapes of this northern end of the hill country as you amble through its beautiful natural and historical heritage.

Blogs
Jenin region blogs:

Read stories from the Jenin region
in the Abraham Path blog

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For walking in this region, the Masar Ibrahim is recommended. Find detailed resources on: www.masaribrahim.ps

Sites in the Jenin Region:

Sebastia

Amble through the quiet streets of Sebastia’s picturesque old city after a day spent uncovering layers of the village’s history at its nearby archaeological site.

Burqin Church

In the rural village of Burqin, linger in a tranquil courtyard garden before wandering into the world’s third-oldest church, the traditional site of one of Jesus’s healing miracles.

Arraba

Wander the winding alleyways of Arraba’s old city, enjoying the atmospheric charm of its cobblestone maze. 

Tel Dothan

While walking through the agriculturally and historically rich fields of the Dothan Valley, take a short detour to explore the archaeological findings of the nearby Tel Dothan excavations. As you go, peer into the depths of a few gaping stone wells that hark back to the story of Joseph – a narrative that unfolded in the very fields in which you are standing.

Mountaintop Shrines

Climb to lonely mountaintops where crumbling shrines to holy men overlook the landscape.

Tel Ta’anek

Climb the grassy hill outside the village of Ta’anek and poke around in the layers of archaeological history on top. Among the tall grasses and the shady olive groves, discover the remnants of ancient caves, burial sites, stone courtyards, and thick city walls – all against a background of sweeping views of the surrounding Jezreel Valley.