Accommodation types: Heritage   Hostel
Location: Nazareth  Israel  Middle East
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels - 200-Year-Old Historic Guesthouse In NazarethFauzi Azar  

The hilly northern region of Israel is a commonly overlooked tourist destination, despite it offering more than you can imagine. Take Nazareth as an example. People know it as the childhood home of Jesus, but there is so much more to it. It's the largest Arabic city in Israel, with buzzing cultural life, mysterious winding streets, hole-in-the-wall shops, and breathtaking views from the top of the Galilee region.

Fauzi Azar guesthouse sits in the middle of the old city of Nazareth in a (nearly) 200-year-old historic building. The three-story building made of stone was built in 1830 by Habib Azar, and he named the inn after his great-grandson, Fauzi. Unfortunately, the family had to flee to Syria during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war leaving the house behind. However, in 2005 an Israeli entrepreneur, Maoz Inon, saw potential in opening a hostel for hikers, backpackers, and pilgrims alike.

Thanks to its historic heritage and hospitality, Fauzi Azar hosted famous guests like Tony Blair, former British prime minister, or Tony Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet. The hostel also received a responsible tourism award for its effort in sponsoring local community projects that aim to reinvigorate the old city of Nazareth.

Do you like long-distance hiking? Fauzi Azar's location is on the famous path of the Jesus Trail, a 65 km (40 miles) hiking and pilgrimage route in the Galilee region, tracing the way Jesus may have walked.

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Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels

Step inside, and you'll find yourself in a courtyard with an ancient water fountain and greenery. It's the perfect spot to unwind on comfortable chairs after a long day of exploration.

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Terrace

A cozy spot to get to know other travelers.

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Travelers

The hostel's lounge, Liwan, is its main attraction and the meeting point for fellow travelers. It has magnificent arched windows, a high ceiling, and a marble floor.

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Lounge
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Communal Dining Room

There are dorm rooms (mixed and female-only) and private rooms (family and superior double rooms) to satisfy every need.

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Dormitory Room
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Double Bed Room
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Superior Room

Economy Room

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Room With Window To Nazareth

Family room with richly decorated ceiling and a chandelier and view on Nazareth from the large windows

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Family Room With Decorated Ceiling And Windows All Around

View on the hostel's private courtyard

Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Window To The Courtyard
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Communal "Cave" Room
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Courtyard Sofas
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Resting Corner
Fauzi Azar by Abraham Hostels Hammocks
Fauzi Azar Hostel's Ancient Courtyard
Fauzi Azar Hostel's Panoramic View On Nazareth

The view on Nazareth from above with the tower of Basilica of the Annunciation - the house of the Virgin Mary.

Are you ready to discover Nazareth? The hostel runs a free city tour every morning, starting at 9:30. If you missed that because you like to enjoy your Arabic coffee and shakshuka longer, the staff is there to help you with lots of insider information and free maps.

Old City of Nazareth
The streets of the old town in Nazareth

Inside of the Church of the Annunciation.

The Church of the Annunciation - the site of the house of the Virgin Mary
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