Exploring the hidden heritage of Palestine
Palestine’s countryside bears witness to the many cultures which have come to Palestine, some to stay and some to pass on. The Sufi shrines, once at the center of village life, represent one such culture. They were built as lodges for the wandering ascetics who came from the east in the 9th and 10th centuries in search of meditation and brought Islam to the Palestine’s Central Highlands. From the time of the Crusades to the end of the Ottoman Empire – a period of some 700 years – these shrines were part of a living tradition of folk religion and pilgrimage. They were often built on the sites of the Byzantine churches, Roman garrisons or prehistoric caves, and often command magnificent views of the surrounding landscape .
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Nabi Anir TrailThe Nabi Anir trail is an exploration of rural Palestine that takes you into villages and archaeological sites that most tourists never see.
Nabi Anir TrailFrom the living communities of Deir Ammar and Beitillu we walk out towards the abandoned village of Nabi Anir, where we find the ruins of a Byzantine church, and the natural spring at Ein Ayoub.
Deir Ghassaneh TrailThis route takes you to the historic Palestinian village of Deir Ghassaneh and allows you to explore the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Deir Ghassaneh TrailBuilt on a ridge in the hills north of Ramallah, Deir Ghassaneh commands spectacular views across to the coastal plain and the Mediterranean sea.
Nabi Ghaith TrailThe Nabi Ghaith trail is a fabulous day’s walk from the medieval Sufi shrine of Nabi Ghaith down along the remote Wadi Natuf.
Nabi Ghaith TrailThe track takes you through the hidden gardens of the village, where you may well be invited to drink tea under the orange trees. The walk ends at the natural springs of Ein Zarqa, from where you can leave by road back to Birzeit or Ramallah.
Rozana’s Sufi Trails program invites travelers to explore this neglected aspect of Palestine’s heritage, and to discover areas of the country often overlooked by conventional tourism. These paths allow visitors to explore villages far off the beaten track and to experience the traditional hospitality of Palestinian villagers. All tours are guided and the 2 – 3 hour walking section of each tour can be arranged for all levels of hiking ability.
Explore the hidden heritage of Palestine