Set high in Northern Israel, Safed is perched atop a mountain with sweeping views over the Upper Galilee. Safed has been a haven for Kabbalah spirituality since the 16th century and is also a hotspot for artists seeking intimate galleries and in-depth workshops.
Things to do in Zefat
Safed is anchored by an atmospheric Old City filled with ancient stone houses that house art galleries, studios and workshops. Explore the Hameiri House museum, which documents the legacy of Safed's tight-knit Jewish community.
In the Synagogue Quarter you'll find prayer houses that date back to the 16th century. Named in honour of a beloved rabbi, Caro Synagogue is adorned with Middle Eastern arches, hanging lanterns and wooden bookshelves loaded with holy texts. Ashkenazi Ari Synagogue is another local landmark, with a fierce lion beautifully carved above the holy ark.
The Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry offers a glimpse at Safed's colourful history. Inside you'll find exhibits on everything from family photographs to life in the Budapest Ghetto.
Feeling peckish? Safed serves up some of Israel's best food. Stroll around the Artists' Quarter and you'll stumble across gems like Elements Cafe, where you can nourish your body with specialties, such as quinoa bowls, organic salads, coconut-chai ice cream and chia seed smoothies.
Getting around Zefat
Central Safed is easy to get around on foot. The Old City, Synagogue Quarter, Artists' Quarter and Yerushalayim Street are all within walking distance of each other. You can arrive by bus from nearby cities, such as Haifa, Jerusalem and Bnai Barak.