Places in The Palestinian Territories
Built along ancient footpaths, the little town where Mary and Joseph went for the census and returned with a son is one of the most continuously inhabited places in the world, with residents as far back as the Palaeolithic era. On record the town developed in the 14th century BC as a city-state named after the goddess Beit Lahmu, then donned the Old Testament name Ephrata.
Historically, Gaza has been one of the most strategically important eastern Mediterranean towns, and has long served as a staging post on the major trade routes linking Central Asia and Persia with Arabia, Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, it's believed that Gaza has been captured and destroyed more than any other town in the world - and that tradition lives on.
Tours and activities
Christmas Eve in Israel: Jerusalem Sightseeing Tour with Dinner and Midnight Mass Viewing in Bethlehem
See popular sites of the Holy Land on this full-day Christmas Eve tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem! Visit revered Christian basilicas like the Church of the Nativity and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with commentary fr...
Tips and articles
A Biblical guide to the West Bank
A trip to the historic lands of Judea and Samaria – the modern-day West Bank – is like walking through pages of the Bible...
Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled Israel & the West Bank itinerary
Your 'road less travelled' starts in the heart of the Negev, in the tiny hamlet of Shaharut...