© Qais Assali
Olive wood nights

Bethlehem has a good reputation of being a nice city to spend an overnight stay. Its center, hinging around the Church of the Nativity, is visited everyday by dozens of tourists who, unfortunately, never care to see what lies beyond the picturesque old city. Bethlehem, and its two adjacent cities (Beit Jala uphill, Beit Sahour downhill) have so much more to offer to those who are willing to go beyond the religious itinerary.

Discover the different music ensembles of its excellent conservatory, take a short hike in the neighboring mountains or in the olive groves of Cremisan and treat yourself, as the sun sets, to a feast at the Hosh Al-Yasmine organic farm before topping it all off with a drink or two at Taboo.