Also known as the “hanging village”, Habalah rests in a valley surrounded by sheer, 300-meter cliffs, clinging to the lower stretches of the cliff faces. Its name, from the Arabic habal (rope), tells of the village’s history: originally inhabited by members of the local Khatani tribe seeking refuge from Ottoman forces, the town was, for over 300 years, accessible only by rope ladders and pulleys. Despite this intentional inaccessibility, Habalah proved a functional village for centuries, achieving self-sufficiency by growing produce and raising livestock in the valley below. The village was inhabited until roughly 1980, when the few remaining residents were relocated. The iron posts to which villagers used to tie access ropes are still visible atop the cliffs.
Now a popular local tourism site, Habalah can be accessed today by a steep cable car descent. A via ferrata route up the cliffs was also recently installed for adventurous visitors.