3: Arraba to Sanur

Meander between the olive trees of the region, view the lush agricultural valleys and climb the steep hill to reach the Castle of Sanur.

After exiting Arraba, the trail leads through Palestinian countryside passing next to the site of Tell Dothan or Bir al-Hafire, as it is called in Arabic (meaning a well of an archaeological site). A gaping stone well harks back to the story of Joseph. According to oral tradition, in those fields his brothers seized him and threw him into a deep cistern, later to be sold to a passing tribe of Egypt-bound, Midianite merchants.

Further on, a gravel path leads through a grove of ancient olive trees towards a steep hill covered with a colorful mosaic of various buildings. Most of the structures seem to be modern and simple, except from one – a compound situated on the peak of the hill – the Palace of Sanur.  

Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

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Elevation Profile

Arraba to Sanur Stage Elevation Profile

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Arraba to Sanur Stage Description PDF


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In the Jenin Region

Arraba to Sanur

Distance: 12.70km
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 or Sanur.


Find your guide: here.


You can reach Arraba and Sanur 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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