Arad is a city in the South District of Israel. It is located on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts, 25 kilometers west of the Dead Sea and 45 kilometers east of the city Beersheba. Arad's population grew significantly with the Aliyah from the Commonwealth of Independent States in the 1990s. It is one of the biggest city with Russian speaking population.
We passed it by on our way from Beersheba to Ein Boqeq and didn’t visit it. May be next time…
You can watch my 3 min 01 sec HD Video Tel-Aviv - Beersheba with Vladimir Visotsky out of my Youtube channel
and my 4 min 05 sec HD Video Beersheba-Arad.
In biblical times the area supplied salt to the world from the huge deposit known as Mount Sodom just south of Ein Bokek. Because of the great value of salt as a meat preserver, it was widely desirable. Roman fortresses were erected and manned to protect the caravansaries transporting these shipments, one of which was situated at Ein Bokek.
Still fascinating as the biblical site of the Lord's wrath, where He rained fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, and where Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt.
There is an interesting salt rock formation nearby, reminiscent of the biblical lady whose name was adopted to identify this wind and water sculpture - "Lot's Wife". Unfortunately I couldn't take a photo of it when we were passing by.
Large industrial complex at southern tip of the Dead Sea; its intricate system of dykes and evaporation pans exploits the enormous mineral wealth of the water for the production of raw chemical materials, essential for industry, agriculture and medicine.
The plant is one of Israel’s most important exporters of fertilizers and chemicals such as Bromide, Potash, Chlorine, Common Salt, and most recently - Magnesium.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Ein Boqeq on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 1' 26.52" N 35° 21' 29.56" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Dead Sea - Factory.
This is Michele sitting above the last waterfall in Nahal Bokek, the double waterfall..there is a small pool below that you can wade or swim in, depending on if the flow has been blocked or not..a beautiful short walk from the road, you can reach this point in under 30 minutes.
When you are here it is hard to believe you are in the middle of a desert.
There are some well-marked hiking tracks around En Boqeq. One goes up on Har Boqeq, the mountain to the west. It is a rough climb from 400 meters below sea-level up to 40 above and includes a couple of steep climbs. An easier track leads into the gorge and En Boqeq, the actual spring. There is a small pool and lush flora all around the year. Bypass the pool and continue along the path further into the gorge. The enthusiasts crawl through the reeds up to the spring, but it is perfectly OK to walk over the boulders on the left side. Where the path ends, sit down quietly and wait. Before long the beautiful ibex antelope will emerge from the scrub and start feeding. With a little patience You will be able to come close enough to take a photograph with the simplest camera.
Note: Rugged hiking shoes are recommended. Head cover and lots of water is mandatory! And remember that the area is the antelope’s home, not Yours! Show them the respect they deserve!
On our way from the Dead Sea to Eilat, we took this one - breathtaking landscapes!
Have a look on Mitzpe Ramon site