Qalqilya

Travel Guide Middle East Palestine Qalqilya

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Introduction

Qalqilya has been populated from prehistoric times, and prehistoric flint tools were found in the modern town's area. In Roman times, a way-station existed in the location called Cala-c'Aliya. Invading armies, many of which came from the Mediterranean coast just 12 kilometres away, often came through Qalqilyah. Its current name comes from the Arabic Qala'alia, meaning high fortress. During the subsequent Muslim rules of the area, the town was populated with Arab inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

  • Deir Istiya The village was home to the Qasim al Ahmad family and was built during the reign of the Mamluks. It then became a Throne village during the Ottoman era. The village is a good case study of how town planning was conducted under the Mamluks with Ottoman additions.
  • Qalqilya Zoo - Established in 1986, the Qalqilya Zoo is the only municipal zoo in Palestine and is one of the major attractions in Qalqilya. In addition to housing over 150 animals, the complex also includes a Natural History Museum, a children’s entertainment park and an onsite restaurant. The zoo is very popular among local visitors especially for school trips and family outings.

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Getting There

Services to Qalandia leave from Nablus's inter-city bus station (45 minutes).They arrive at the bus station in the center of Qalqilia.
The best way to get around Qalqilia and its villages is to hire a taxi.

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Getting Around

The best way to get around Qalqilia and its villages is to hire a taxi.

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Sleep

There are no hotels in Qalqilia but a local family, the Abu Rweises, have a flat which is rented out by the night (Tel: 00972 2942103).

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Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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