Jericho

Jericho from the south

Jericho (Arabic أريحا Arīḥā Hebrew יריחו Yerikho), the "City of Palms", is a small city within the Palestinian Territories and Israeli-occupied West Bank, close to the northern end of Dead Sea and some 55 km (34 miles) from Jerusalem. A relatively tranquil town, Jericho's reputation for calm and lack of security incidents in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have made it a natural target for visitors to areas administered by the Palestinian National Authority. Because Jericho is a tourist-orientated town, the Palestinian Authority goes to great lengths to make sure Jericho remains a safe place to visit. There is a constant tourist-police presence in the city and English is spoken by many in the town. A trip to Jericho is a must-do! Jericho is touted as the world's oldest city. Jericho is believed to be 10,000 years old

Understand

The modern town of Jericho includes the ancient mound known as Tell es-Sultan, the accumulated remains of cities that have existed on the site for some 9,000 years - the Neolithic period. Archaeology reveals that Jericho is one of the oldest human settlements in the Middle East.

Jericho, of course, is probably best known for its Biblical associations: (song) "Joshua fought the battle of Jericho - and the walls came tumbling down!"

Get in

Remnants of Hisham's Palace

To get to Jericho from Jerusalem you can take bus 36 or 63 from the Arab bus station nearby Damascus gate (just as a local if you can't find it) ; it costs 7 NIS. Ask for Jericho and the driver will drop you off at Al Ezariya where you can get a shared taxi to the center of Jericho for 10 NIS. However, it's extremely advisable that you have an Arabic translator with you or specifically inquire of the bus driver as to where the Sharut/Shared taxi may be found. For the tourist with no real knowledge of the native language, they may be hard-pressed to get from Ezariya to Jericho. It may be easier to take the route from Ramallah to Jericho and bypass Ezariya/Bethany altogether.

The easiest way to get to Jericho from Jerusalem is by using the Arab Bus Station in Jerusalem, and take a bus to either Bethlehem or Ramallah and then proceed to Jericho by using sheruts from the bus stations Bethlehem and Ramallah. The "shrut" van from the bottom floor of the Bethlehem bus station takes around an hour to get to the central square of Jericho (20 NIS).

Get around

Taxi service in Jericho is easy to find. Make sure to agree on a price with the taxi driver before entering the taxi. Prices for taxi rides inside Jericho shouldn't be more than 15-20 shekels. For taxi rides to sites on the outskirts of Jericho, it's best to negotiate a fair price.

See

Excavations at Tell es-Sultan
The Tree of Zacchaeus

Do

Buy

There are Bedouins selling a variety of goods in Jericho, but the prices for them aren't much cheaper than other places. Food, however, is significantly cheaper in Jericho.

Eat

Near the Central Square, there are many places for quick bites, especially in the direction of the Sycamore Tree or Hisham's Palace.

It worth a visit to Qurantal mountain where Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights after the devil's temptation to him, where you will find a very nice restaurant at the bottom of the mountain, you will have your lunch in front of an amazing panaromic birds eye view of Jericho city, the mountains of Jordan and the Dead Sea.

You can reach this restaurant by using the Cable Car of Jericho, it costs ( ~$15 )55 NIS / Person for a 7 mintues trip of about 1.35 km.

Jericho is famous for its tasty fruits, especially bananas!!

Drink

The town is pretty much alcohol free except in the hotels and resorts.

Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Temptation north of Jericho

Sleep

Go next

The nearby Allenby Bridge Crossing leads to neighboring Jordan. It is an Israeli-managed crossing mainly used by Palestinians to travel internationally because Palestinians are required by Israel to use the airport in Amman, Jordan rather than the airport in Tel Aviv. Because this border crossing is located in the Palestinian Territories, it has a different status than the rest of the Israeli-managed crossings. This crossing and this crossing only requires tourists who use it to enter Jordan to have an entry visa before using the crossing. Make sure to have a valid, non-expired entry visa (prefereably multi-entry) for Jordan before using this crossing to get into Jordan or else you will not be able to use this crossing. Entry visas for Jordan can be received in advance at the Jordanian embassy in Ramallah, Palestine or Ramat Gan, Israel.

Routes through Jericho

Eilat Qumran  S  N  Beit She'an Tiberias


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