Explore and find hotels in Palestine

Fertile grasslands, chalky deserts, rolling olive groves and cities of biblical magnitude – Palestine, despite most preconceptions, actually has a great deal to offer the intrepid traveller. Each year, the territories that make up the country receive over two million visitors. Most begin their journey in Jerusalem, in the West Bank. This is a hotly contested patch of land but also one that represents a unique crossroads of three fundamentally different religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Wander this ancient city to experience a beguiling mix of contradictions, from Islamic calls to prayer as church bells chime in the distance, to wafting aromas of incense, coffee and candle smoke. From here you can arrange a day trip – or walk – to Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, thought to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, or follow in the footsteps of Mary and Joseph down the winding Star Street. Amidst all this are bustling souks and chaotic medinas selling herbs, spices and leather goods. You may also visit the Separation Barrier, on the outskirts of Bethlehem, which displays thought-provoking street art by local and international artists, including Banksy. The UK artist has even opened a museum inside a local hotel. Other ancient cities in the West Bank, like Jericho, Nablus and Hebron, are separated not by walls but vast areas of hills and desertscape. You can find some hotels and guesthouses in these smaller cities, and a few others near the Dead Sea, but the bulk can be found in East Jerusalem.