2: Burqin to Arraba

Enjoy the olive harvest atmosphere and pass through the impressive Ottoman Palaces of Arraba.

The hike from Burqin to Arraba connects two important landmarks. The trail starts from the beautifully restored ancient Church of Burqin. The chapel is believed to be built on the spot where Jesus, on his way from Nazareth to Jerusalem, cleansed ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19).

Further on, the trail follows the narrow, crooked streets of Burqin which lead to the edge of the village and extend into the surrounding farmlands. In the springtime the fields are usually planted with cabbages, cauliflower, and fennel. You will be greeted by farmers plowing their fields.

From there the path leads toward a high hill – Jabal Barid (the “cold mountain”) – dotted with cyclamens and overlooking small villages and the city of Nazareth, beyond the Green Line.  It is a great spot to enjoy the view and be refreshed with a cup of hot, sweet, fire-brewed herbal tea.

This section is full of hills, and each of them has its own story. For example, a local legend holds that Jabel Musalah (Mountain of a Player), located  just west of the village of Kufeirat, is a place where Prophet Ibrahim used to pray.

Arraba, located 13 kilometers southwest of Jenin, is the final destination of this hike. During the Ottoman times (1517 – 1918) it was a strategically important place that served as headquarters of the Abdel Hadi family. Today, the complex of their palaces, located in the heart of the town, serves as a center for many community activities and events.

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Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Burqin to Arraba Stage Elevation Profile

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In the Jenin Region

Burqin to Arraba

Distance: 14.17km
Time: 4-5 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Arraba.

Guides

Find your guide: here.

Local Products

Stop by Arraba Women’s Association to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase locally made za’atar.

Transportation

You can reach Arraba from Jenin with a shared taxi for around 5 NIS.

Notes and Tips

Check the weather before you go. Always remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). During the summer season wear light but modest clothes. During the winter season remember about a warmer jacket – mornings and evenings are usually cold.

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