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Safed


Safed

Safed, a town set in a hilltop retreat 900 meters above sea level, boasts an excellent climate and rich heritage of Jewish mysticism and an industrious artists’ colony.
The history of Safed dates back only 500 years to the beginning of the 16th century when Jews settled and established one of the largest settlements in Palestine. Later, in the 1920s and 1930s, clashes between local Arabs and Jews led to the Arabs being forced to leave the town.
Safed is one of four main holy cities for Jews in Israel and the occupied territories, together with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias.
The old town consists of narrow cobblestone alleys presenting artists’ galleries, medieval synagogues and houses. The main attraction is the artists’ quarter, where Arab buildings and mosques have been turned into galleries and studios.

From the top of the mountain you can enjoy magnificent views east to the Golan, north to Mount Hermon and Lebanon, west to Mount Meron and the Amud Valley, and south to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.