Modernizing Safed

Bargains can still be found in Safed, but new developments are bringing prices up.

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Safed has seen better days. In the 1940s and ’50s, this northern city was where affluent locals went to spend their summer holidays.

Perched atop a 900-m. high mountain and surrounded by pine forests, it is the highest city in the country, and its geography makes for cool summers and very cold winters. As such, the town’s many hotels tended to be full during the former and empty during the latter. At that time, Safed was also considered the artistic capital of Israel, and many local painters and sculptors made it their home and the location of their studios.

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