The 10 Best Things to Do in Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories

March 26, 2018 Hector Krause

Beit Sahour (Arabic: بيت ساحور‎ pronounced  Bayt Saahoor (help·info)) is a Palestinian town east of Bethlehem under the administration of the Palestinian National Authority. The population of 12,367 is 80% Christian (most of them Greek Orthodox) and 20% Muslim.
Restaurants in Beit Sahour

1. Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory

80-82 Milk Grotto Street | 2 Minutes Walk from Nativity Church .Easy to find.Next Door To Milk Grotto Church, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories +970 595 713 504
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5 based on 259 reviews

Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory

The Olive Wood Factory in Bethlehem ,is a 3rd Generation Christian Family business run Since 1925 . You get To watch friendly local artist making all kinds of products From Olive Wood .Also The Bethlehem Panoramic View 360 degrees of all Bethlehem at the top of The factory ,and huge selections of olive wood products able to Buy from the shop If like .Theres no pressure To buy anything .All welcome To view and take pictures.Its Easy To Find ,only 2 minutes walking from The Church Of The Nativity and next door to Milk Grotto Church.Free Wifi ,Local Map ,coffee,Tea,Help/ Advice ,all Free Without The Need To Buy Anything .Open Anytime By Appointment outside opening hours

Reviewed By Bezoarthegreat - Auckland, New Zealand

Shop owner Bassem and his employee genuinely care about people and want them to have wonderful memories of Bethlehem. At the advice of a friend, we pre-arranged for his employee Saber to pick us up at the wall checkpoint and drive us around. Bassem showed us how they make the olive wood carvings, let our daughter feed his camel and gave us great advice on what to see with our limited time. Saber took us to many interesting sites including the Herodium, St. Sabbas Monastery, and, at our request, his favorite place for the best shawarma. We loved that Bassem put zero pressure on us to buy, gave us great prices on what we did buy and was genuinely warm and hospitable.

2. Shepherd's Sanctuary

Siyar el-Ghanam, Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Shepherd's Sanctuary

Reviewed By Michael H - Carmarthen

An interesting cave chapel and recently built church, together with some archaeological excavations. It makes a pleasant hour visit to a site with Biblical connections. The theme of the Shepherds shows throughout!

3. Caliber 3

Gush Etzion 29173, Palestinian Territories +972 2-673-4334
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5 based on 110 reviews

Caliber 3

Reviewed By RabbiY - Montreal, Quebec

Really amazing place to learn about counter terrorism. Great instructors who are so passionate about their work. It's a must go during your trip to Israel. Not a place for kids.

4. Cremisan Monastery

Beit Jala, Palestinian Territories
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Cremisan Monastery

Reviewed By NadeenHanna - Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

The cremisan winery is only winery in Bethlehem.. i remember going there with the scout to explore nature.. clean air and amazing view will be welcoming you.. we couldn t go into the winery building.. but buy the wine from their shop.. and enjoy the view ...

5. Pat BaMelach Bakery

Main Street | Kibbutz Rosh Zurim, Rosh Zurim 90938, Palestinian Territories +972 54-784-6881
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5 based on 10 reviews

Pat BaMelach Bakery

A wonderful artisan sourdough bakery in the heart of Gush Etzion. In the 90 minute workshop you'll be working with our baker making pretzels and focaccia (or building your own workshop!) while learning about the role grain plays in the Jewish calendar and in Israel. The bakery is newly renovated, wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Our workshops are family-friendly from all ages.

Reviewed By Gila B - Jerusalem

No trip to Gush Etzion is complete without a stop at this unique artisan bakery and workshop. I have been there as a customer and workshop participant, and love it as both. Workshop was wonderful for my kids, and the finished products are all delicious. Highly highly recommended for groups, especially multi-generational. The workshop my kids did was perfectly suited to their age and engagement level, but I could see how it easily scaled up to be more sophisticated.

6. Campo dei Pastori

Shepherds' Fields, Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Campo dei Pastori

Reviewed By Combatfisher - Taipei, Taiwan

I went to this location with a group of friends. From my understanding, it apparently was the location where Boaz and Ruth were married. The day we went it was very hot but there was a nice breeze there. To get here, we drove through Bethlehem but didn't get a chance to stop...our tour was extremely packed and time was limited. We were in the Palestine Territories so I think appropriate dress attire is required (at least suggested to be respectful).

7. Mar Saba Monastery

Juda Desert, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories +972 2-277-3135
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Mar Saba Monastery

Founded in the 5th century, this Greek Orthodox monastery is considered the oldest and one of the strictest in the Holy Land.

Reviewed By Nora1291 - Switzerland

Women are not allowed to visit this monastery, so you just can look at it from the outside. We walked around until we reached a small Bedouin village, more of a small shantytown then of a tent village. Sad to look at.
The nature is beautiful and the trip worthwhile.We grabbed a taxi from Bethlehem, we weren't very good at bargaining and payed 150 shekels, including a stop at the Shepherds fields in Beit Sahour.

8. Annunciation Latin Parish

Beit Jala, Palestinian Territories 0563-274-2-962
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4 based on 3 reviews

Annunciation Latin Parish

Reviewed By Ray S - Rochester, New York

An imposing structure in the city of Beth jala, a sister community to Bethlehem, near the Angel Hotel. Sadly, the resident community has largely fled due to the hardships of continued Israeli occupation. The imposition of Barrier Walls of separation severely limits quality of life as commutes of ten minutes become trips of an hour or more. Employment and education is severely limited by illogical travel restrictions and check-points. The region's Christian population has fallen from 85% about 12 years ago to about 18% today. the continuation of such parish churches will increasingly depend on tourist support.

9. The Workshop Gush Etzion

Industrial Zone, Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim, Gush Etzion, Palestinian Territories +972 54-678-5813
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5 based on 18 reviews

The Workshop Gush Etzion

The Workshop Gush Etzion is a fun and exciting, hands-on experience, creating your own piece of Judaica. The sessions run for 2.5 hours and are suitable for everyone age 6 and up (we’ve had participants up to the age of 90 so far – and many ages in between, and the adults seem to enjoy it just as much as the kids). You will get to work with your hands and on some of our machines.

Reviewed By Josh S - Jerusalem District, Israel

Another great family activity in Gush Etzion! The Broders' dream has come true as they have perfectly melded Mandy's artistic side with Jeremy's broad skill set of woodworking etc into an educational, fun and engaging activity for the whole family! Our family's creation is used every Shabbat and reminds us weekly of the great experience we had at The Workshop!

10. Sanctuary Bethlehem

St. Francis Street, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories +972 2-626-6561
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5 based on 89 reviews

Sanctuary Bethlehem

Reviewed By cecilia652016 - Kuwait City, Kuwait

A must place to visit in Bethlehem especially while on a pilgrimage. The sanctuary offers peace and prayerful comtemplation and abundant blessings to the faithful. It is very moving to bend and go under the alter to touch the place where Jesus was born which is marked by a star. A very humbling and blessed experience.

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