It’s located northernmost city on the West Bank, it is lively, attractive, and well worth the journey. Its center is a hive of activity, with stalls lining wide streets and carts piled high with fresh produce. it has seen an important deal of conflict, of course, and from the ashes have risen some astounding community projects, primarily the Freedom Theatre based in the heart of the area refugee camp.

This center teaches a lot of arts and drama as well as putting on regular shows at the Jenin Cinema site. Also, there is an orchestra called  Strings of Freedom.

it is the main centre of trade for the all towns and villages of the north, and the wider governorate is also home to the impressive Arab American University. It is an attractive city, built on the slopes of a hill and surrounded by orchards of fig and palm trees. There is a great visitor center to guide orientate and educate tourists, a beautiful Old City too, and some great attractions just a short drive out of the center. Jenin was the first city to be freed from Israeli occupation in November 1995 after 27 years. It was transferred to the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo Agreement.


Armed forces from five Arab nations entered Palestine after the British colonial forces left in May 1948 and the State of Israel was declared. Israel grew beyond the area envisioned by the partition plan during the subsequent battle, the first of the Arab-Israeli wars.

The West Bank was roughly equivalent to (but smaller than) one of the zones designated as an Arab state under the United Nations (UN) partition plan for Palestine in 1947 as it was defined by the Jordanian-Israeli ceasefire of 1949. (see United Nations Resolution 181). That strategy called for Jerusalem to be a zone of international cooperation. The city was split up into Israeli and Jordanian parts, respectively.

The West Bank was ruled as a part of Jordan from 1950 until it was invaded by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, despite being separated from the Jordanian people of the East Bank by the Jordan River. Both Palestinian mistrust of the Hashemite monarchy and West Bank Palestinians’ desire for an independent state contributed to the tense relationship between the East and West banks.

But throughout this time, the web of connections between the two half of Jordan developed, and by 1967, the West Bank accounted for around 30% of Jordan’s GDP and nearly 47% of the country’s total population.

Except for East Jerusalem, which it annexed into itself and extended Israeli citizenship, law, and civil administration to, Israel seized the West Bank during the 1967 war and erected a military administration there. A very small amount of Palestinian inhabitants’ support for resistance action during the first ten years of Israeli rule and civil resistance to Israeli authority.

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 What can you do in Jenin ?

The most important place to start any visit to this area is at the visitor center, which is fairly modern and extremely informative. On the 2nd floor, there is a large map followed by eight detailed boards which pick out the must-see destinations in and around the city. A multitude of information leaflets is available, as well as a further small museum lined with various historical titbits.

The city itself is undoubtedly the buzzing market with all its smells, sounds, and color, and the quieter and more charming streets of the Old City.

It is the hill that hosted the oldest settlement in the site , although little is visible today barring some extremely old and weathered stone houses.

You have not to be missed Jenin camp, although you need a local guide to help navigate the maze of streets and apartment blocks. Inside the camp, there are poignant monuments to fallen martyrs (many of whom died younger than 18) and a center called the ‘Not To Forget association’. It is so-called to remind the refugee families living in the camp that one day they will return to their homes.

The shining light of the camp is undoubtedly the Freedom Theatre, which has risen from the ashes to become a powerful, unifying force.

Outside the city center, Burqin’s pretty Christian church atop a hill and the Balama tunnel are two excellent trips.

The Most important areas to visit 

  • The Saray
  • The Latin Patriarchate
  • Jenin Refugee Camp 
  • Ottoman Railway Station 
  • German Memorial.
  • Belameh tunnels
  • Freedom Theatre

Where To Eat

Traditional dishes from Jenin are an essential component of the country’s history; each one has a fascinating backstory that is closely related to its culture. The traditional foods can be prepared in a variety of ways, resulting in variations in flavor from family to family using the same recipe. Each Palestinian city’s local cuisine has a distinct flavor that is only recognized for its restaurants and chefs.

Given Jenin’s popularity as a tourist destination, there are plenty of food alternatives there. Restaurants may be found all throughout Manger Square and its neighboring streets, as well as more traditional shawarma joints up in the Old City.

The market also features a section dedicated to fresh produce, which you should visit even if you have no intention of making a purchase just to take in the vibrant, disorganized piles of fruit and vegetables.

Where To Stay

Jenin is the place to go if you want to explore something fresh. The region around Jenin includes lodging alternatives to suit every requirement, whether you’re planning to stay for a night or a week. Check out our online map to find hotels in Jenin with Our map shows the locations and neighborhoods around all the hotels in Jenin so you can see how near you are to tourist sites and monuments, and then you can focus on the real estate within a wider context. With our lowest price promise, you can book the finest hotels in Jenin right here.

Weather and Climate in Jenin

August and July are typically the warmest months in Jenin, when the average temperature is 27°C. January and February are the coldest months, when the average temperature is 16°C. December and January are the months with the most rain. The height of jenin affects its moderate climate, which has pleasant, sunny summers and mild, dry winters (with chilly nights) (during which thunderstorms often break out).


Summers are long, lasting from May to September, with July and August being the hottest months. Temperatures range between 23-36° C (75-96° F) and you can expect 50-90% humidity.  The good news is that there is air-conditioning almost everywhere you go, from buses and taxis to malls and hotels. However, it is really important to prepare for these temperatures, especially when spending time outdoors. Buy good sun protection, wear long but cool clothes and make sure to drink plenty of water.


Autumn is, for the most part, a continuation of the summer weather. It does get a little cooler and the humidity drops, so it is more comfortable.  The season starts in September and at the end of November it starts getting cooler and we might see a little rain, but not too much.  September is usually as warm as summer, but the temperatures in autumn are similar to those of spring and range between 16-24° C (60-75° F).


Depending where you come from you might not even consider the city weather “real winter weather”.  This is the wettest time of the year and temperatures range between 6-15° C (42-60° F). Israeli schools have a winter break for Channukah during December, this usually doesn’t affect accommodation but activities tend to get crowded. Also, tourists from nearby countries use their winter breaks to enjoy the warmer temperatures in this city.


Spring is between March and May and this is the ideal time to visit this city. You usually won’t see much rain and the temperatures are mild, ranging between 16-24° C (60-75° F), although the nights might still be chilly. Passover falls in April so if you are planning on visiting during this time keep in mind that prices of flights and accommodation will rise and tend to get booked early.