The Old City of Safed, Safed

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Explore the narrow cobblestone streets of The Old City of Safed, nestled on a hilltop and known for its numerous old synagogues. Enjoy the city's temperate, mountain climate as you admire historic buildings and ruins, stroll the labyrinthine, winding paths, or relax in a charming cafe. The small town is home to a famous artists' quarter, where you can visit an array of galleries, browse jewelry and craft shops, and get some authentic souvenirs to take back home. With our international travel planner, Safed attractions like The Old City of Safed can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • What expectation wanted to return to this wonderful city of philosophers and artists the same nondescript was reality. More than 10 years were not here, I repeat, to wander the narrow streets, dealing with these (sic!) Orthodox. Thinkers! Instead, saw a Dumpy little town with lots of shops selling Chinese souvenirs on local themes. Personal guide, which took from Tel Aviv, told not ancient history, along with some painful pride effusively told how in the days of the war for independence were killed by Arabs, oglazhivaja mortar ' davidka '. All this with a nervous twitch, the eruption waves sweat and permanent nasheptyvaniem prayers. Was sad, so went for a walk by yourself. Recommend and also be sure to visit the three synagogues: Abu Hav, sefardskuju and ljubavichskuju. They are all different, but equally lovely, some warm feeling of home. And definitely, highly, go to "candle factory". This is not a joke, it's actually quite unique institution where they make and sell not only candle favors (sheen), but prayer. And yet such pre-twisted candles, which you won't find anywhere else. So much so that owners could recover shop after the terrible fire. Let's support them. About art galleries especially have nothing to say, except that they all look the same. It is a pity.
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  • The old city is the heart of modern Safed. It has narrow streets and alleys filled with everyday shops, artists galleries and stalls. Historic synagogues, restaurants and more. Walking is the main for...  more »
  • Never been to the old city Fantastic streets and buildings Lots of shops that sell art and special crafts Little side streets with really old synagogues Fantastic place,be prepared to climb steep road...  more »

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Where to stay in Safed

Perhaps the most popular way to experience Safed when visiting for a day or two is to stay in a guesthouse. Small and often run by local families, guesthouses sit in the old town area and the artists' quarter and introduce visitors to the rhythm and traditions of the local life. Larger hotels can be found scattered around town, with some older mansions offering grand rooms and additional facilities, such as onsite restaurants.
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