In the middle of a mountanious desert.
Too many people live here today.
I see that Arad is like the hub of the country...I looked at this city as a base camp
Working with a group of fellow hiking enthusiasts here in Arad we developed a series of 8 short hiking trails around our city of Arad. I took a visiting friend on one of them..The first picture shows the start of our hike and NO, it is not an underground hike, we just found a hole in the ground to check out (sorry I have had to remove the picture...more
Probably the most popular coffee in Israel is Turkish coffee. You can find all types of coffee from espresso to Late or iced coffee, but Turkish is what you drink when you are on military duty, so many people see it as the most basic and agreeable coffee......A friend decided to make Turkish coffee for us as it is made in Turkey in her home...it...more
Yes, its true, if you come for a BBQ or dinner we make you work for your supper, Here you see a friend who helped clean off the table in more ways than one...she got stuck with having to shake the tablecloth, poor girl...(sorry I have had to remove the picture at the request of our friend, she is being forced by her government to remove any signs...more
In the west of Arad you will find a lookout. Here 'open air' art is placed at a parking and you can enjoy the view over the desert towards the Dead Sea and Jordan. There are also hiking trails starting from here to discover the desert around Arad. It is a great place especially in the evening light. Find the lookout here.more
Finally our friends Patrick and Lea decided to come visit us here in Arad...we met in Dovje, Slovenia way back in 2001 and met up twice more there and then visited them in their home in Belgium. It was about TIME they showed up here...well they did and some of their adventures with us will be told elsewhere, but as you can see they did enjoy...more
When you enter the city, you see a big white tent close to one of the roundabouts. If you pass by it on a Monday, you'll see the market where you can get vegetables, fruit and sometimes clothes and get a glimpse of daily local life.Unfortunately, I saw it the Monday I arrived to Israel and as it was closing, and then only the empty space the rest...more
The fortress of Masada, about 400m high close to the Dead Sea, is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel and a true wonder in itself. It was built around the 1st century BC and then Herod the Great enlarged it by building a cistern, the Hanging Palace (Herod's private residence), the synagogue, the Columbarium, etc.After Herod died, the fortress...more
There are 2 ways to get from the east entrance to the fortress:1) The cable car: the easiest way and a nice, scenic ride all the way up to the 400m - and the one I took. There's 2 cable cars operating that go when there's enough people to fill the car. A one-way ticket costs about 40 NIS one way (May 2010) and before you go to the cars, you can see...more
Mobile Post Dead Sea, Arad, 86910, Israel
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
The Inbar is a modern 3 star hotel at Arad with bar, sauna and pool. There are 103 room and 7...more
Mo'av St,Po Box 20, Po Box 20, Arad, Israel, 80750
Good for: Couples
We went twice to Kakao in Arad (Israel). We had diner and lunch at the restaurant. The food is good, the personnel is friendly, prices are reasonable and the restaurant is clean. Only the music was to loud to our opinion. When we go back to Israel we will visit this place again for sure.more
Kakao is in the new shopping center at the entrance to Arad, just off Highway 31 from Beer-Sheva where it meets the stoplight.Kakao is the new girl in town and an excellent addtion it is for several reasons.The hours are from 8am to midnight or the last customer and they are also open on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings (these are times when...more
Humous place with limited menu as is common in humous speciality restaurants. Menu includes 3 types of humous served with some vegetables and olive oil, felafel, very fresh pitas, soft drinks.Humous made fresh every day on premises. Pleasant and clean. Great place to stop for a quick, cheap, bite to eat on the way to the Dead Sea.more
Muza is the place to go for a drink in Arad. The bar is completely decorated with football memorabilia from pretty much every country (although I dare to the owner to show me something from Dominican Republic haha). They offer a good selection of beer and food and a good atmosphere. The day I visited, it was empty (just before the Shavuot) so I can...more
Muza is the local pub in arad and it´s one of those local pubs i wish we had where i live.it´s a very pleasant place with a good selection of beer and the owner has one of the biggest collections of football souveniers in this world.now that is something i can dig in to :O)the place is very friendly and i am ready to go back to arad just for the...more
Gabrielle (Trillian2005) came down to visit us in Arad and Menachem and Dorit were here also so we decided to "dine out" at Muza...Gabrielle has been a friend for years, we met on the internet and then did a weeks trip on a boat on the canals in France with her and her husband Cris...it has taken me a long time to "convert" her to VT, but she is...more
The Arad bus station is just beyond the first roundabout in route 31 coming from Be`er Sheva. It's a modern buiding where you can wait in the air conditioned hall. There's an indoor rest room and a small shop for food and drinks. Tickets have to be bought at the driver. Bus service is according to schedule. There are clear displays announcing the...more
1) ...Masada: there's a direct bus #384, the price was 29.50 NIS.2) ...Jerusalem: I had to connect in Be'er Sheva, using bus #388 (fare: 11.30 NIS), then from Be'er Sheva I took bus #470 to Jerusalem's bus station (31.50 NIS). 3) ...Tel Aviv: there's a direct bus that I took after the Sabbath was over, the 389. The Saturday I took it, there was one...more
The Arad Sea of Life store has a great selection of Dead Sea products. From Soaps to mud.
We got great service and the VAT return form was prepared for us without even asking for it.
What to buy: Dead Sea products.
What to pay: It comes at a price.
Yep, here everybody lends a hand when we prepare the BBQ, VT member or NOT...you can see Xiao, Vanessa and Ilana giving me a hand making some salads in our kitchen.Maybe you will be lucky enough to have TAL do the BBQ..And of course David and Michelle also helped out...And Vere brought the wine.....^O^more
Everything from Zorro to Pochahontas, the merry widow, Flintstones, popeye, the mad moroccan, Minnie Mouse and even the little girl in pigtails, everyone loves getting into the act...maybe we will begin voting for best costume, what do you think ^O^ (sorry I have had to remove a picture at the request of our friend)more
Gabrielle is an old friend from Germany who came to live in Israel and on the other side is our new friend who came to live and study in Israel (sorry I have had to remove the picture at the request of our friend, she is being forced by her government to remove any signs of her visiting Israel). We are not only VT friends, but friends on all...more
This is a warning, definitely not a danger. Hiking in the desert, very often, you will come acorss Beduins with their sheep and goats herds. They go to the desert with sunriseand wander around till sunset. Once you'll encounter the shepherds or more precisely once they see you they will most likely ask for either money, food, or water or anything...more
Dehydration is your biggest enemy during the hot summer days in Israeli desert. Make sure you drink enough water and protect yourself from the sun. Especially if you're a tourist coming from a totally different climate it will take quite some time before your body adjusts to our weather. A sunscreen would help too. Just remember that you're in a...more
Please be careful in our home, our WatchCAT, Simba is very, very dangerous.He can purr you to death. Here he is doing his frightening immitation of a lion.... If you find him on the loose, please notify us as quickly and calmly as possible.Other dangers, he can, and will, crawl all over people who are sleeping, so be warned..In the second picture...more
This is very near the start of the canyon entrance and already you have to begin climbing over the rocks to navigate your way into it...as you progress the way becomes much smaller, higher and thinner with also less rocks and boulders in your way because of the swift rain waters that flow through here and sweep them away, depositing them near the...more
Hilla and friend are beginning to get the idea that this hike may not be as simple as it looks on the map.. you can see one of the many boulders that are wedged in the narrower parts of the canyon that you have to haul yourself over.Sorry, this photo has been removed at the request of a friend.more
Each year for the last 10 years we have honored Itamar Illiyah, a son of Arad who died in military duty, by holding a mountain bike race in his name. For the last several years I, with the help of others designed courses for the Elite, Sport, and Young racers. There were also two family courses that were NOT races, just a way for family members of...more
At this point there were not too many cars passing, the top speed attained on the skatebikes was 65 kph, on this same stretch I have managed over 100 kph on my mountain bike, but it is MUCH easier to control..these skatebikes have a disc brake on the back wheel which is controlled by leaning your leg against an upright paddle that compresses the...more
On this section of steep and winding road there were two main dangers, first and worst danger were from passing cars...if you decided just at THAT MOMENT to fall off your skatebike, no not a good idea at all. So we were all watchfull when cars were passing. Most of them gave us the thumbs up and honked...more
Mariel had promised after meeting in Portugal at the VT Euromeet in 2009 to "come visit"...and she is one person who does NOT take promises lightly. Less than one year later she made the trek down to Arad.The first photo shows us on the shore of the Dead Sea with our always handy VT flag.The second shows us enjoying Pessach dinner at home with...more
I like taking buses, trams, trains, etc. above ground because I like looking outside the window and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes on the road I have a camera and take pictures of things I find comical, beautiful, thoughtful... like these shots:1) Picture #1: I didn't understand what this sign meant. My first thought was "road to where?", but then...more