- Encounters with locals
- Place or Religious Monument
- Off the beaten track
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.