Explore The Galilee

Explore the Galilee

ResponseTravel.com Recommends Fauzi Azar Inn

Lonely Planet Author Pick

The Inn

The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned guesthouse, offering both dormitory beds and private rooms in a unique old-world atmosphere. Hailed by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide in 2010 as “one of the highlights of a stay in the Galilee” and “a great base for touring major sites of the Galilee,” the Fauzi Azar’s style is intimate and relaxed, with a warm atmosphere where guests and staff can meet, share travel stories and tips, and make new and lasting friendships.

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The Inn itself is located in the heart of Nazareth’s Old City, only about a minute’s walk from the famed souq (or open-air marketplace).  The guesthouse’s location is ideal, as it’s justa few blocks from either of Nazareth’s two city centers, a host of restaurants and coffee shops, and most of the tour site’s in the Old City. All of Nazareth’s major attractions, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the White Mosque (Masjid al-Abiad), and the Greek Orthodox St. Gabriel’s Church are no more than 10-15 minutes away from the Fauzi Azar.  Wandering through the narrow streets of the Old City is a delight in itself, and both the Fauzi and other vantage points nearby afford wonderful panoramic views of Nazareth.

The building is owned by the Azar family, renowned as one of the richest and most powerful families in the Galilee. Built in stone in the 18th-century, today the Fauzi is a three-story building, incorporating several impressive features including a six-meter high, hand-painted ceiling, a Turkish marble floor, a magnificent main living area with panoramic views, and a courtyard decorated with elegant limestone arches.

Experience the ancient town in our famed “off the beaten track” Nazareth city tour, led each morning at 9:15 am by our own local guides, all of whom are happy to share their city knowledge and personal reflections on Nazareth’s rich past with the group.  Back at the inn, feel at home with a cup of Arabic coffee and a free slice of home-made cake (baked daily by our own staff!).  Relax in the spacious living area, enjoying breathtaking views of the city, or bask in the sun on our elegant terrace.  We also have a small library and a range of board games, which you are welcome to borrow.

Nazareth is located in the center of the lower Galilee, a region ideal for hiking. Northern Israel’s compelling, mountainous landscapes are dotted with sites of historical and religious significance. Hike in Jesus’ footsteps on the world-famous Jesus Trail, founded by Dave Landis and Fauzi Azar Inn owner Maoz Inon. Discover wilderness, wildlife and ancient ruins on your own; or follow some of the area’s many marked trails. From the Mediterranean coast to the rocky, wooded mountains, down to the savannas and tropical orchards of the Sea of Galilee and Jordan Valley, few places on earth offer such dramatic variation in climate and landscape within such a small area. The Fauzi’s staff will be glad to help you get started, direct you to the most scenic hikes suited to your interests and fitness levels, and give valuable advice for the outdoors.

With our free wireless internet and public computer in reception, you can always be in touch with friends and family.

See you in Nazareth!