simsim backpackers

Hostel Information:

Old City, Nazareth


“Iftah ya simsim” is Arabic and means “open sesame”.
You will have this feeling when you enter simsim guesthouse, the garden courtyard, the rooftop terrace and the 5 rooms. Each is unique, with its own character, from romantic private spaces with en suite bathrooms, to economical family rooms with shared bath facilities. The building is one of the oldest in the area, the home to the first Mayor of Nazareth who acted in that capacity from 1875 to 1884.
The dormitories are next to the guesthouse in simsim backpackers. Designed for budgeted travelers the rooms are in a colorful renovated, still authentic 19th century atmosphere.
At the simsim you will be in the centre of the old city of Nazareth within easy walking distance of many of the religious sites the city is known for, including the Basilica of Annunciation, the Orthodox Annunciation church and the White Mosque.
Sami, the owner and manager of simsim guesthouse and simsim backpackers, is a local from Nazareth giving him a wealth of knowledge about the community. Speaking English, German, Hebrew and Arabic we can give the best tips for Nazareth, the sites, the restaurants, the transportation and the best places in the Galilee.

Simsim guesthouse contains 5 rooms, as 2 double rooms and 1 family room with private bathrooms as well as 1 double and 1 family room with restrooms and showers to share.

Simsim backpackers offers 1 female dorm with 7 beds and 2 mixed dorms with 8 beds each. Lounge area, kitchen, restrooms and showers are in common for all the residents.


23 beds 70 ₪ 260 ₪



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Map & Directions:

Nazareth can be reached by buses and taxis/sherut departing regularly from most major cities in Israel.
Bus number 823 from Tel Aviv new central bus station.
Bus number 955 from Jerusalem central bus station.
Bus number 331 from Haifa – Palmer square bus station.
Bus number 431 from Tiberias central bus station.
Bus number 823 from Afula central bus station.
For the most up-to-date bus times and schedules, please check the Egged Bus Company Trip Planner, or, which provides timetables and routes for most public transportation in Israel.

Drive to the Mary’s Well area. Follow the directions at Al-Mutran’s Square, as mentioned above. Park your car there and continue walking into the Old City.