Introducing Tsfat (Safed)
Huddled on top of Israel’s third-highest peak, Tsfat (Safed, Zefad, Tzfat or Sfat) is an evocative mountain town with a rich heritage of Jewish mysticism, a rambling artists’ quarter and magical views. The oblique labyrinth of cobbled streets is lined with medieval synagogues and crumbling stone houses punctuated by turquoise doorways and heavy hamsas (a hand-shaped amulet featuring the evil eye).
It is an idyllic and devout place with a slightly bohemian atmosphere, where Hasidic Jews and New Age spiritualists blend Kabbalistic tradition and messianic enthusiasm.
In an age where Kabbalah has been made popular by the rich and famous, religious tourists are now big business in Tsfat, coming from all over the world to learn the Torah, visit the graves of the great mystics such as Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Ari) who are buried in the town’s haunting cemetery, and indulge in an energising look into their own souls.
For travellers, Tsfat provides an ethereal place to get lost for a day or two.
Tsfat (Safed) destination guides
Sacred Jewish Sites Tour from Jerusalem: Tiberias, Safed and Mount Meron
Take an evocative tour of some of Judaism’s most sacred sites on this full-day trip from Jerusalem. Traveling with a knowledgeable guide, head for the holy city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee to visit the hallowed tombs of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness and Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon.
Sacred Jewish Sites Tour from Tel Aviv: Tiberias, Safed and Mount Meron
Visit some of Judaism’s holiest sites on this emotive full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Hear fascinating insights into this ancient religion from an expert guide as you explore two of Israel’s four holy cities. Visit the graves of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness and Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon in Tiberias, and head for Safed, an ancient city steeped in Kabbalah mysticism.