The tranquility, landscapes, and heritage of the Jericho Region offer a truly unique and rich walking experience. In this region, walkers traverse everything from the wide plains and steep cliffs of the Jordan Valley surrounding Auja to the rugged desert wadis that lead to the isolated shrine of Nebi Musa and the remote Mar Saba Monastery. At the center of the route, visitors can relax and refresh themselves in one of the world’s oldest cities, where spacious streets and houses surrounded by lush gardens provide a soothing atmosphere and where the cool nights encourage locals to stay out late year round.
Inside the city of Jericho, visitors will enjoy the laidback pace of local life. Even in ancient times, the city was a popular site for relaxation and vacation: a number of Roman rulers built winter palaces in the city, and the remnants of those luxurious structures can still be visited today. Winter is, in fact, an excellent time to visit the Jericho Region; when it’s snowing in the mountaintop cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the balmy heat of Jericho provides a welcome escape.
Jericho’s desertous environs, though, have also historically attracted people looking for something other than a refreshing getaway: monks during the early years of Christianity retreated to desert monasteries scattered throughout the region to find holiness in isolation, and Jesus’s forty days of trial and temptation were spent, according to tradition, on the sheer cliffs of the Mount of Temptations just above Jericho.