We will get used to accepting the truth that beautiful places are always in dispute and war. Today, it is Ramallah, Palestine. Ramallah is a small city with 57,000 population. This place has been the capital city of Palestinian administration with the de facto status. The city is within the West Bank region. It is only 10 miles north of Jerusalem.
However, this city has relaxed atmosphere of religious flows. Tourists can easily find a shop to buy alcohol. Besides, it is also easy to find some movie theaters. This place is full of a modern spirit. People are going to cafes along the main street.
The Urban Outfit of Ramallah
We can say that Ramallah is the cultural capital of the West Bank. People in this city are highly educated. Therefore, the urban people are well dressed. Even, it is a city with a fashionable population. Besides, the people of Ramallah are active in various kinds of movements. For instance, Ramallah is a hub of Palestinian feminist activity.
Most of the time, many suppresses occur to the women. In underdeveloping countries, people tend to underestimate women. They usually only have to attend schools for the basic knowledge. Schools are only to make them literate. After that, the women should enter marriage life and be the housewives of their families.
In Ramallah, women prefer attending university rather get married. This is the core of a feminist movement that they expect to be successful. It is to make women educated. Besides, there are also companies and small businesses with the fund of the local feminist organization. Therefore, tourist should get ready to find several cafes run by women in Ramallah.
Getting Prepared for Ramallah
Ramallah has a thin border between Palestine and Israel. Therefore, there will be sensitive issues between Jews and Moslems in Ramallah.
Besides, there are many destinations that are sacred to the Christians. Tourists will thus need to make sure that they have the itinerary on their hands. They have to learn if the trip that they are taking is a city tour with Islamic heritage and sites. This is so because many tourists are doing a pilgrimage to Christian.
Ramallah is also a tourist spot for those who are taking Green Olive Tours. It is a tour of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. This is a place where Jesus was born. Also, Ramallah is a city with so many strict borders. We will see the infamous security barrier of Israel around the city.
This city does not have airports. Therefore, it will be quite complicated to reach the city. Tourists can take two options. The first one is via Jordan. It will be a long trip to ancient cities and then the unique city of Ramallah. Besides, tourists can enter the city from Israel. The track from Jordan will be longer and more expensive. Yet, for tourists who love challenges, this route will be mesmerizing. For people who can easily get to Israel, this option is more comfortable.
Besides the legal documents and other common preparations, tourists have to dress properly. There are many Islamic tour spots to visit. Additionally, some Christian pilgrimage areas are there as well. So, it will be more acceptable that tourists wear modest clothes and head covers when doing a tour in Ramallah.
Things to Do in Ramallah
It is a brilliant itinerary to include when tourists go to the West Bank. There are many things to do in this place. Besides the religious lines, we can visit various heritage tour spots in this city. Ramallah is a perfect place to visit for several different religions and beliefs. Travelers can start the journey from Al-Manara Square.
This is the city center where the vibe of Ramallah is ready to captivate all hearts. In this spot, travelers can get relaxed and enjoy the Roukab and Baladna, traditional ice-cream parlors.
Next, tourists can take a walk to Tahta. It takes 10 minutes to reach the old city from Al-Mana Square. Along the street, we will see the real life of the locals. In Tahta, travelers will find many gorgeous old buildings. The sites are all restored but that will be still awesome to see such amazing heritage buildings. Even, travelers will be surprised that they can find old music school in the area of Al Kamanjati Center.
In other Arabic countries, we will need to go to Souq. In Ramallah, we have to visit Hisbeh. It is a market for fruits and vegetables. It somehow looks like a greengrocer with exotic products. The price is reasonable and travelers do not even have to bargain in this place. Also, tourists should for to stores selling Palestinian handicrafts. The products from the country’s villages are both artistic and unique. We can buy affordable handicraft for souvenirs.
It is so beautiful to walk down the city. There are several churches and mosques at the same locations. It feels strange on why wars always occur in the country while peace maintains so well for ages. Visitors should see the culture and people directly so they can find out the pure beauty of Ramallah.
What can tourists do in the evening ?
There are actually many interesting things to do in the evening. During summer, some shops will open during the night. The locals love to gather in a cafe and have a drink or dinner. They love to enjoy the Argila. It is a kind of shisha, the flavored tobacco with a water pipe. The city has interesting coffee shops with special coffee. Besides, it has bars and restaurants that are all must visit. The good places may be outside the city center. So, tourists need to explore more to get the best experience in Ramallah.
While spending the unforgettable holiday in Ramallah, tourists can visit the Tomb of Yasser Arafat. Besides, it is also recommended to visit The Ramallah Cultural Palace & Mahmoud Darwish’s Memorial. Besides, Ramallah is also a city that is rich in unique architecture. One of the most excellent ones is Crusader Church of the Holy Family and Omari Mosque.