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What’s New in Eilat

Huge Eilat Expansion Masterplan Approved

The Southern Planning and Building Commission this week deposited an outline plan for Eilat for construction of 14,300 housing units and 5,400 hotel rooms. Eilat currently has 60,000 residents, which the plan is designed to increase to 100,000. The plan also zones space in the town: including existing space,

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Off the Beaten Track in Ma’ale Adumim

On your way to or from the Dead Sea, we recommend a side trip to the Adumim area – Maale Adumim, Kfar Adumim, Mitzpe Yericho and surrounds – with Shelley Brinn, the area expert at Tour Adumim.

Visit an IDF (Israel Defense Forces) military base in the Maale Adumim area,

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What to See in Arad

Looking for desert fun & adventure? Head to the awesome Dead Sea Adventure Hostel!

The Dead Sea Adventure Hostel was opened in the Spring of 2016, and is located in the dusty, desert town of Arad. Run by the affable Gilad, this place is absolutely perfect for those of you looking for some real desert adventure!

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The Tastiest Tourist Attraction in Israel

Can you name 15 varieties of cherry tomatoes? What about four types of carrots? Have you ever tasted an Uri Kaduri orange? And do you know the difference between the seven varieties of mint leaves? A three-hour visit to the Salad Trail, a unique touch-and-taste farm in the Hevel Habesor region of Israel’s northern Negev,

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Tzad Sheni – Art of Ceramics Studio

Tzadsheni is the creative studio of ceramic artist Sigalit Breuer, where she makes and presents her work. Sigalit melds purposeful design with imagination, symbolism, and artistic technique to form uniquely useful and beautiful pottery. Sigalit Breuer has many years of experience in pottery, ceramic design, and sculpting. She weaves raw emotions and materials into her creations,

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Hiking in the Zin Valley

Shai Yagel, head of trail marking in Israel for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), describes the Zin Valley desert hiking trail. There are amazing views of the wilderness of the Zin Valley, the biggest spring in the Negev, Ein Akev, a small Bedouin farm and tea house,

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Timna Park

Continuing south from the Dead Sea, Timna Park is located about 25 km (about 17 miles) north of Eilat, in Israel’s Negev Desert. One of the largest attractions in the south of Israel. The park is in a beautiful desert setting combining the scene with amazing history and a number of other unexpected activities including those on the lake (yes,

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Exploring the Judean Desert

The Judean Desert, or the Judean Wilderness as it is has been known throughout history, is one of the world’s smallest, yet most unique desert regions.

Passed through by most people as they descend from Jerusalem at around 800 meters above sea level, to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth,

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Neot Semadar, the Taj Mahal of the Middle East

Neot Semadar, an ecological collective community, is more than just a kibbutz with a weird, colorful tower in the middle of nowhere.

Kibbutz Neot Semadar is best known for its array of organic products grown and prepared on the kibbutz and as “that place with the weird, colorful tower sticking up in the sky in the middle of nowhere.”

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Masada National Park: A World Heritage Site

Include a side trip to Masada with your Dead Sea adventure! Sunrise or sunset are excellent times to visit – avoiding the mid-day sun and being on the mountain for a breathtaking view! Masada, located on an isolated mesa in the Judean Desert, is one the most dramatic historic sites in Israel.

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Ein Feshkha (Einot Tzukim) Nature Reserve

Salty tip: include a side trip to Ein Feshkha (Einot Tzukim) Nature Reserve – the lowest reserve on Earth.


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Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve

Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve is located in the southern part of Israel’s Negev Desert, a region known as the Arava, between two rural kibbutzim, Yotvata and Samar. Yotvata is 35km north of the beach resort city of Eilat and makes an interesting stop on the drive from the center of the country to the Dead Sea and Eilat.

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Negev Desert Adventures

Negev Trek

Negev Trek is a local initiative that enables hikers from all around the world to enjoy multiple day hikes through back-country trails in the Negev desert. They take care of food, lodging, maps, transportation, and camping gear, and all you have to do is show up and HIKE.

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Off Road Driving in the Dead Sea Area

The true beauty of the Israeli desert can only be experienced far from the roads and towns that criss-cross it. The hidden canyons and wadis, beautiful flowers, amazing animals, and fascinating tales from throughout history, as well as many of the most amazing landscapes and viewpoints are far from the beaten track,

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A Walk in Nahal Qumran

Nahal Qumran runs through the Judean Desert and runs through a dramatic gorge towards the Dead Sea by the ancient village of Qumran.

Nahal Qumran is accessible from the Qumran National Park – just follow the green trail markers. The climb is fairly short but can be a little challenging in places,

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Explore Mitzpeh Ramon

Between the geology and beauty of the Ramon Crater, the historical significance of the ancient trade route and the proximity to the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, Mitzpeh Ramon appears to have a lot of unfulfilled tourism potential, an impression confirmed by several tourism experts.

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Start at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center.

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Deep Inside Eilat’s Red Canyon, Ancient Wonders Await

Nothing can describe Eilat’s enchanting Red Canyon better than its popular name. Technically part of Israel’s upper Nahal Shani and known as Guy Shani in the textbooks, the superb little gorge was forged through a deep, rich red sandstone rock. Its colors are especially exquisite when sunlight hits the canyon walls.

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Exploring the Arava, From the Dead Sea to Eilat

In Israel, “desert” doesn’t mean “desolate.” The sandy Negev expanse that makes up more than half of Israel’s land mass encompasses fascinating vistas, history and creativity.

Here we will zero in on the attractions of the eastern part of the desert: the narrow Arava Valley, stretching 180 kilometers (112 miles) from the Dead Sea down to Eilat,

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Dead Sea – Kibbutz Ein Gedi Botanic Garden

Here’s a delightful tour on the way to the Dead Sea hotel area: the Dead Sea Ein Gedi Botanic Garden. Ein Gedi’s multiple-prize-winning Botanical Garden in Ein Gedi kibbutz is the only botanical garden in the world that integrates the homes of residents of the surrounding community. More than 900 species of plants from various regions of the world have been planted and flourished here.

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