Eliat is the only Israeli Town at the Gulf of Aqaba part of the Red Sea and besides it being a major resort town for Israelis and tourists from around the world, It is also Major International Cargo Port for Shipping companies who don't want to pay the expensive rates of crossing the Suez Canal as other shipping companies drop of their cargo here and then are transported to Haifa in the North and then uploaded to big ships and delivered to various Countries in the Mediterranean.
Eliat is one of the driest town in Israel and Eilat's arid desert climate and low humidity is moderated by proximity to a warm Gulf of Aqaba Part of the Red Sea. Temperatures often exceed 40 °C (104 °F) in summer, and 21 °C (70 °F) in winter, while water temperatures range between 20 and 26 °C (68 and 79 °F). Eilat averages 360 sunny days a year.
Fondest memory: Eliat is the only resort Town of Israel in the Red Sea and it competes for tourist with other cities around the area like Aqaba in Jordan, Taba and Nuweiba in Egypt.
There is a small park on the south side of the shopping center in Eilat to commemorate the liberation of Eilat by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces comprised of a Golani Brigade and a group of Palmach fighters from the Negev Brigade) in 1949 during the war of Israel's Independence.
In the park is a statue showing the IDF soldiers raising the Israeli flag over the city.
The story is that the two groups both had flags, the Golani a standard flag, sewn and dyed properly, but the Palmach had an improvised flag done from INK. It is that flag, the improvised flag that was planted first, that has became one of the symbols of that time.
Israeli territory spreads in Eilat from Jordan to Egypt for only 10 km. The city is adjacent to the Egyptian village of Taba to the south, the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east, and within sight of Saudi Arabia to the south-east, across the gulf.
So I’ve managed to cross its territory when I strolled along the gulf shore from the very northern point of Eilat (Jordan border) to the very southern point of Eilat (Egyptian border). It took me about three hours with stops and taking photos and videos. I think that was a good idea because it’s possible to cross Israel for such short time only in Eilat.
I'm presenting this idea to Israeli touristy firms and to everybody who would have a rest in this wonderful resort: stroll Israel from Jordan to Egypt on foot for three hours!
You can watch my high resolution photo of Eilat on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 32' 51.79" N 34° 58' 0.02" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Eilat Shoreline 3.
The Gulf of Aqaba in Israel known as the Gulf of Eilat is a large gulf of the Red Sea.
The Gulf is located to the east of the Sinai Peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland. Jordan, Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia all have coastlines on the Gulf. It reaches a maximum depth of 1850m in its central part.
Geologically, the Gulf of Aqaba is an integral part of the Great Rift Valley that runs from East Africa through the Red Sea and northwards towards the rift valley containing the Dead Sea.
You can watch my 3 min 53 sec HD Video Eilat Aqaba Gulf Yacht Galaxy part 1 out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Eilat on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 32' 47.89" N 34° 58' 0.71" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Eilat Gulf.
Eilat is Israel's southernmost city and a popular resort. The city's beaches, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism.
The Eilat Tourist information Office is directly opposite from the Mall Hayam. Shopping center is there to serve you with a variety of touring and entertainment options. In addition there is a selection of free brochures and maps for you to take.
Opening Hours Weekdays: 08:00 - 18:00 / Fridays 08:00 - 14:00
Arava Road Corner of Yotam Blvd./ Tel 08-6372111, Fax: 08-6372111
Attraction Booking Counters also exist in the lobby of many major hotels and along the beach promenade
You can watch my 5 min 37 sec HD Video Eilat On the way to the Coral Beach out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Eilat on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 32' 54.47" N 34° 57' 42.09" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Eilat Shoreline 2.
Eilat is the most southern city in Israel.
The city was founded near 1951 and there are 50000 citizens there.
Most of the city's jobs are around Tourism.
Some of the twin cities of Eilat :
Arica - chile
Los Angeles - USA
Ushuaia - Argentina
Kamen - Germany
Sopron - Hungary
The weather in Eilat is very comfortable , although it can be very hot in the summer the humidity is low.
In July and August (the hottest months) the temperature can be 30-40 C.
In January (the coldest month) the temperature can be 15 C.
I made the crossing from Aqaba in Jordan to Eilat in Israel during a visit to the region in February 2005.
With tensions always running high in the Middle East, we wondered how difficult it would be to cross between the two countries. After an initial setback on the first day that we tried to cross, it proved to be a very straightforward crossing.
On our first attempt, we hailed a taxi from outside our hotel and asked to be taken to the border (a mere 5 minutes away). After passing through a police checkpoint we arrived at the border. The taxi driver exchanged a few words with the border guard and we were told that we couldn't cross the border. However, we weren't told *why* we couldn't cross the border. We were just told to "try again tomorrow".
Back at our hotel, we asked the receptionist why we couldn't cross. He didn't know either, but made a few phone calls and informed us that the border was closed on the Israeli side as it was a public holiday there to mark the Prophet Mohammed's birthday.
The following day, we again took a taxi to the border and this time we had no problems. After passing through Jordanian customs and getting our exit stamps, we found ourselves in a barren wasteland with a 100 metre walk ahead to the daunting sight of the Israeli border (and its heavily armed guards).
We then faced plenty of questions about why we wanted to visit Israel (the nice beaches, the fancy shopping malls, the bustling restaurants, the chance to get another stamp in our passports), why we were only carrying one backpack between us (we were only crossing over for a day trip) and the usual barrage of personal questions regarding our occupations, sufficiency of funds and such like. My backpack was emptied and searched in its entirity. After about 10 minutes we were told that we were fine to enter the country and wished a pleasant stay.
Fondest memory: On our return, we had to pay a fairly hefty departure tax to leave Israel and then pay for another visa to re-enter Jordan.
Our crossing was pretty straightforward, but the guidebook does warn that the border can close with little warning as political circumstances in the region change.
In this websites you can find relevant information about Eilat or the south area.
Ideas where to visit, Hiking routs, rural accommodation, attractions and more.
If you're interested in desert hikes better make good homework and ask for guidness, dont go alone and without letting anyone know that you're in a hike in the dessert and in which area.
For all of you who wants to check their mails or download photos or any other thing, here's two links that will help you to find a Local
I-Cafe's in the main cities of Israel:
Eilats Center is a small area with many shops and resturants, some of the cities hotels are also there. There is a new tourist center in the city Center.
to get to the city Center when you atrrive to Eilat you continue forward from the airport a bit, when you will see the big mall in the Center you will know you are there. If you turn left you will get to the hotels area and if you will go right you will get to the residental part of the city.
Fondest memory: I also saw a building in a style of Pyramid, called "IMAX" but i dont know for what it used but it looks good.
Eilat is very close to the Jordanian city of Aqaba, so when you are in Eilat you can have some great views of Aqaba and if you have spare time you can visit it, even if it just for a few hours. From Eilat you can also pass the border to Jordan and visit beautiful Petra where there is amazing engraving in the huge rocks.
Fondest memory: One of the ways to get to Aqaba is to take a boat and have a short visit.
The bridge is a small one and its situated in the center of Eilat, near Hilton in one side and near the Marina in the second side.
Its a very crowded place in most of the day and the night.
Fondest memory: Sometimes when bigger ships need to cross it rise up until the ship went trough and then it decreases again.
I worked on the cruise ships in Eilat for 3 months. It is fairly easy to get a job, just go to the marina and ask around. It was the most amazing time of my life. You only do daily cruises to the surrounding islands and reefs and during the night you P.A.R.T.Y!!
It is a great place to have a short working holiday!
Fondest memory: Lying on deck at night hearing the music from all the beach parties and ofcourse the strawberry daquiries!!
There is a lot of information about Eilat in the net, one of the best sites is:
But you can search in
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