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Whether you are walking around ancient ruins or observing epic monasteries carved into the Judean mountains, it is impossible not to feel a sense of history in Jericho, which is proudly dubbed the ‘world’s oldest continuously inhabited city' by the local authorities.

It is no idle boast: archaeological evidence traces settlement here back more than 10,000 years, and the ashes of the empires that have fought and conquered Jericho over the millennia can be seen throughout the city.

Jericho may have modernised since then, but small-scale farming is still a way of life for many of its inhabitants, and the city can feel a bit scruffy and unkempt. But, with its palm trees, date plantations and smiley demeanour, it also feels very different to the rest of the West Bank and makes a great stop for a day or two.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Jericho.