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Safed (Israel)

Practical information on Safed

  • Relaxation
  • Encounters with locals
  • Viewpoint
  • Vineyards
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Handicraft
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 2 and a half hours by road from Tel Aviv
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Safed

Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

Safed's style is pure Galilean and its narrow streets and views over the surrounding countryside are sure to please.

My suggestion:
There are important kabbalists buried in Safed's cemetery. If you go to the cemetery as night is falling you can listen to the candle lit prayers being said in caves or under the olive trees. 
My review

Nestling in the hills of Galilee, it's easy to understand why Jewish mysticism arose in Safed. Today, the modern part of the town is particularly charmless but as soon as you get away from there the magic starts to work. Cobbled streets, ancient synagogues, stone houses, craftsmen's workshops and views through to the surrounding countryside make up this unique town.

The old part of Safed has one street that is quite touristy. If you really want to soak up the atmosphere of the town it's better to get away from it, even though it is a good landmark in this labyrinth of alleys. Having said that, the old town is not very big and most of the streets are pedestrianised which makes it easier to explore.

In my opinion, Safed and its surroundings are must-sees during a trip to Israel. If you really want to soak up the atmosphere and explore all its charms you can stay there a day or two.  

An alley in Safed
A tallit maker in Safed