What to do in “Ramla”, Israel
Ramla is a city on the Yehuda coast plain, which is on the southern coastal plain, and the central district of Israel. The city served as a main crossing between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, until the paving of Highway 1, which bypassed it from the north, and to this day serves as a regional center for all the “moshavim” around it. Ramla is a diverse city and there is representation from all Israel’s communities and from all Aliyahs.
The city was founded at the beginning of the 8th century by the Umayyad governor and future caliph Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik. The name of the city was originally the “Sand City,” because it was built on sand dunes. Ramla is also considered the only city founded by the Arabs during their rule in the Land of Israel.
Events & Attractions:
The city is known for its “Wednesday Market”, where peddlers spread their colorful items in the streets around the market.
In addition, there are a variety of other sites such as the White Mosque, the Pool of the Arches, the Umayyad aqueduct, the Great Mosque, the Monastery of Nicodemus, the Greek Monastery of St. George, Hammam Radwan, the Khan al-Fukhar, the British Military Cemetery, and Beit Yad Lebanim.
In Ramla, a variety of festivals and fascinating events take place every year.
Ramla Central Bus Station is one of the busiest bus stops in the region, with buses departing to various destinations in Israel and to Ben-Gurion International Airport, located north of the city. There are still a number of “sherut” taxis in the city, mainly to nearby Lod.
In the north of the city lies the Ramla railway station.