20 May 2017, Saturday. Sebastia to Nablus
This walk begins from Sebastia which is 12 kms northwest of Nablus. Sebastia is home to a number of important archaeological sites. The ancient site of Samaria-Sebastia is located just above the built up area of the modern day village on the eastern slope of the hill. The ruins dominate the hillside and comprise remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years: Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine.
Reaching to Nablus, which is located 49 kilometers north of Jerusalem, you will have the chance to try the famous Nabulsi Kenafeh, as well as its olive oil soap. Nabulsi, meaning "from Nablus", is used to describe items such as handicrafts (e.g. Nabulsi soap) and food products (e.g. Nabulsi cheese) that are made in Nablus or in the traditional Nablus style.
Nablus lies in a strategic position at a junction between two ancient commercial roads; one linking the Sharon coastal plain to the Jordan valley, the other linking Nablus to the Galilee in the north, and the biblical Judea to the south through the mountains. The city stands at an elevation of around 550 meters above sea level, in a narrow valley running roughly east-west between two mountains: Mount Ebal, the northern mountain, and Mount Gerizim, the southern mountain.
Walking distance: 10.1 km
Walking time: 2 - 3 hours
What to bring:
Lightweight walking boots
At least 2-3 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike
Sunscreen and hat
What is included:
An experienced local hiking guide
Transportation from the Jerusalem Hotel and back