Nazareth - الناصرة

Nazareth is the largest city in Israel’s northern district, home to about 76,000 inhabitants. Known as the “Arab Capital of Israel”, the city’s name in Arabic, An Nasira, means ‘Christians’, or, more literally, ‘those who follow Jesus of Nazareth’. Nazareth is a religiously diverse city, home to large numbers of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

Nazareth is known as the city where Jesus lived as a child, and accordingly there are many attractions that draw pilgrims from around the world. The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is built on the site where it is said that the angel Gabriel came to Mary to inform her of her pregnancy, and Joseph’s Church is said to have been constructed on the site where Joseph’s carpentry shop once stood. Visitors can also enjoy Al Babour, a massive spice market, and a bustling bazaar in the middle of the city.

Overnight

Type of Accommodation

Hotel

Names

Villa Nazareth, Rosary Guest House, Galilee Hotel

Websites

www.villa-nazareth.co.il

Notes

In villages it is important that you are dressed modestly at all times: this means wearing loose, opaque clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Women should carry a lightweight scarf with which they can cover themselves when entering mosques or other holy sites.

Due to its diverse  religious population and urban environment, you will be able to find alcohol in Nazareth.

While well-stocked pharmacies are easily accessible in much of the West Bank, you might not be able to find some desired medicines in small villages. For this reason, we recommend that you bring with you high SPF sunscreen, aspirin or other pain relievers, antihistamine, disinfectant, insect repellent, antibiotics and intestinal antiseptics. You should also have a hat, water bottle, backpack and comfortable shoes with you at all times to ensure your health and comfort while walking.

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