We visited a small vineyard between Avdat and Ein Avdat. Somehow the owners had found a method of irrigation and a small vineyard had sprung up within the desert. On the site also was a small shop, displaying crafts mostly metalwork produced by the owner and his wife, interesting to see.
They had four small cabins in the area which they rent out to visitors and tourists, they looked very nice, but I cant give a recommendation as we did not stay there. If you are ever in the area and need to stop overnight, this could be the place to stay, probably the only place to stay.
Agent 0815 and I visited Mitzpe Ramon and the Ramon Crater to go hiking. In Mitzpe Ramon we stayed on the 5th floor of the totally impressive Hiking and Biking Hotel. In fact, the most amazing feature that fabulous hotel sported was the fact that it had been built with a complete omission of elevators in mind. I suppose elevators would defy the purpose of a Hiking and Biking Hotel, a hotel that wants to attract an energetic, health-conscious crowd of nature-loving hiking and biking guests. I was delighted to notice that, in absence of an elevator, the hotel had at least a roof and each room had walls - perhaps the nature-loving hiking and biking guests are not that nature-loving after all.
My hotel room also had a balcony called "The Balcony of Israel", which impressed me with a fantastic view of almost all of Israel, the Ramon Crater, and the complete Negev desert.
There is only site where you may pitch a tent for the night in the crater, the Be'erot camping site. Next to the campground you will find this authentic bedouin tent.
For alternative people
Stayed at one of the Adama Dance Schools so called "Teepees" (160 shekels, including a hearty breakfast). They are not actual teepees as I thought first but small cute rooms, kind of inside camping. I was staying in the weekend when the school is not operating so I felt a bit of an orphan alone in the huge place. Otherwise I enjoyed the "hippiehappy" athmosphere and I think this must be a fun place in the weekdays when you can participate to some of the classes.
The staff was nice and are the right people to ask if there is anything going on in this sleepy desert town.
This may not properly be called a hotel, or restaurant for that matter. Nor is it a true camping ground...it is a meld of all of these. You can camp out here, renting a "space" and they also have wash facilities as well as bathrooms. Or you can rent a mattress and stay in one of the Bedouin tents they have available.
But it is also a place where you can sample Bedouin fare, like the "laffa" (large Bedouin pitah bread) with tart lebaneh (white spreakable goats cheese) that can be garnished with olive oil and zatar (a spice combination typical to the middle east).
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