Jisr Az-Zarqa is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in all of Israel. While the city is quite poor, it has a trove of natural and historic sights which will take your breath away.
It is the only remaining Arab town in Israel, giving it significant historical importance. If you’re a tourist visiting Israel, then Jisr Az-Zarqa is one of the most underrated and unique places you can visit.
This small fisherman’s village doesn’t have too many tourists, leaving it one of the few places in Israel where you can enjoy a true local experience.
The History of Jisr Az-Zarqa
Bedouins have been living in Jisr Az-Zarqa since before the formation of the State of Israel. The people of Jisr Az-Zarqa were mostly of Muslim faith and did a lot of business with the neighboring Jewish cities.
They used to be one of the most important trading spots in the area. The sublime beaches were also home to many rich men who wanted to bathe in them regularly.
The most significant relic of the past that lies in the town is the Umar ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, which was named after the 2nd Muslim caliph. Rebuilt in 2001, it is a true sight to behold.
The Present Day
Today, the town isn’t as well off as it once was. In fact, it is one of the poorest cities in Israel. This is a double-edged sword—on one hand the natives have it worse and have to rely on fishing. On the other hand, it means that visiting is quite cheap.
The natives are extremely hospitable, if you’re looking for a place where you’ll be treated well, then look no further than Jisr Az-Zarqua. If you’re adventurous and want to explore a city with a rich, but highly unknown history, then you’ll find no better place on this side of the world.
During your visit in Jisr Az-Zarqa, you’ll want to get around the city. While it’s rather small, that doesn’t mean you want to walk across town. The taxi services are expensive, and the public transport almost nonexistent, so the wisest choice is to simply rent a car to get around.