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’s style is intimate and relaxed, with a warm atmosphere where guests and staff can meet to share travel stories and tips. The Fauzi Azar Inn is the only guesthouse and hostel in the area suitable for all types.
The inn itself is located in the heart of the Nazareth Souq (Market) of the Old City. Just one minute by foot from the market, and only a few minutes from a host of restaurants and coffee shops, there is no better location in the Old City. All of Nazareth’s major attractions, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the White Mosque and St. Gabriel’s Church are just minutes away from the Fauzi. 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!
Check these beautiful videos featuring Nazareth, the Fauzi Azar Inn, and many of the small businesses we are working with in the Old City: