Southern District Things to Do

  • City of Eilat, View from the hotel, Israel
    City of Eilat, View from the hotel,...
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  • Floating in the Dead Sea
    Floating in the Dead Sea
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  • En Boqeq beach
    En Boqeq beach
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Southern District Things to Do

  • Underwater Observatory Marin Park

    Eilat Things to Do

    Wanted to show some photos of this wonderful spot in Eilat, but my photos did not come out in a presentable form. The photo here I found on the internet at http://www.israeltripplanner.com/eilat/eilat-attractions/underwater-observatory-marine-park But I will direct you to their website - http://www.coralworld.com/eilat/eng/. This is one of the...

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  • Dolphin Reef

    Eilat Things to Do

    The Dolphin Reef is my favourite attraction in Eilat, just for the sake of the dolphins of course :) Here you can just enjoy their company, you can swim with them or just observe from the deck. This place is excellent for a full day activity, there is also small swimming beach, restaurant and bar with full and friendly service for your sun bathing...

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  • Timna Natural Park

    Eilat Things to Do

    Just north of Eilat on the main north-south road is Timna. The first photo shows some of the statues that line the entrance, sort of fake Egyptian that do little to foretell the naked natural beauty of this spot. The ancient mining site of the copper for Egypts pharohs still has much to draw visitors. The Copper Road sign, showing the way along the...

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  • Eilat Beaches

    Eilat Things to Do

    The Beaches of Eliat starts from the Taba Border Crossing and Up to the near the Kempinski Hotel Beach at the Border of Aqaba. The Beaches of Eliat, like the beahces in the gulf are of golden sand variety and are course but the waters are very clean and the Red Sea is a misnomer as the Sea here is colored blue green! the 11 kilometers of coastline...

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  • The Promanade

    Eilat Things to Do

    Kings City is a biblical theme park in Eilat, which was inaugurated in June 2005. It required an investment of about USD 40 million. It is owned by "Africa Israel", "Elran d.d. Real Estate ltd" and a Swiss investor. I didn’t visit it, but its building is very attractive and reminds something like Solomon’s Palace, haha! You can watch my high...

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  • Diving

    Eilat Things to Do

    I owe thanks to Sharon (SharonR), a good friend who gave me the gift of a dive for my 60th birthday. This was so much fun and I enjoyed it immensely. Took Tal's boyfriend Itzik along so I would have a friend to share the experience with later. The Sigala Diving School is just a one room affair in the back of a building that looks like a shack just...

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  • Cruize in the Red Sea

    Eilat Things to Do

    To get the diving experience without so much as getting your feet wet, take to the waters off Eilat in a glass bottomed boat. I’ve taken a Galaxy Underwater Yacht tour. The yacht leaves from the marina, spends about two hours cruising the calm waters between the Jordanian and Egyptian borders. You can kick back on the sun deck, perhaps with a...

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  • Red Canyon

    Eilat Things to Do

    Aside from being physically beautiful to wander in the Red Canyon and see the layering of colors on the canyon walls, it is also fun to slide down the slopes that are formed by the slow erosion of water and wind combined with sand on the soft (well realitively soft anyway) rock. You can see in some of the pictures here the artwork of the water,...

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  • The 101

    Eilat Things to Do

    At 101 km from Eilat, you will find this place to stop, buy something to drink or eat, and also relax a little, they have animals, and some exhibitions. While driving to Eilat you cross the Arava Desert: If you want to enter to toilet, you have to pay at entrance. (I think around 50 cents of NILS, I did enter in the petrol station lol so I was...

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  • Water activities

    Eilat Things to Do

    The northern tip of the Red Sea is relatively warm year-round, calm, and full of fantastic marine life. Two beaches I visited in January, 2009 offer excellent access and habitats. Coral Beach is a national marine preserve located about 400 yards E (N?) of the big aquarium. It's about 10 shekels for admission and use of locker room, shower, deck...

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  • Har Karkom, part II

    Some more photos showing the Har Karkom area, the first showing another of the fabulous petroglyphs there.The second shows one of the small depressions in the upper plateau which allows the formation of small waterholes in the stone. Zohara is standing near one so you can understand the scale of the available water.The third photo shows another of...

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  • Har Karkom, part III

    This series of photos shows more of the fantastic petroglyphs found at the Har Karkom site. You could wander around all day and still not see them all. I have read that thousands have been found there.

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  • Har Karkom, the REAL Mount Sinai

    Mount Sinai, the place where Mr. Moses got talked to...everyone knows the name, and there is a mountain in the Sinai Desert with this name, but is it the REAL Mount Sinai. For the history of this place, take a look at the following web site, it can explain better than I -http://www.harkarkom.com/As for the photos, well, with THAT I can help. We...

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  • The Dead Sea

    The lowest point on Earth with a depth of about 400m under the sea level. The saltiest body of water, where swimming and drowning isn't possible. A lot can be said about this beautiful and remarkable place, tucked in between Israel and Jordan.Our last stop in our road trip was the Dead Sea, on the road to Ein Boqeq, one of the many resort towns on...

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  • Mount Sodom (Har Sedom)

    At some point of our lives, we (might) have read about Sodom and Gomorra, the 2 cities that were banished from the planet by the wrath of God because its inhabitants were misbehaving very badly...what caught my attention was that we were driving and stepping on rock salt (or halite, I imagined, hard packed) and soil, as well as the views of the...

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  • Ein Boqeq

    Ein Bokek is a hotel and resort district on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.Situated at the foot of the spring which gives its name, this tourist and therapeutic complex is the biggest and most developed along the entire Dead Sea coast. Ein Bokek is now a modern oasis and panacea for health seekers and tourists alike and lies in stark contrast to...

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  • The Concretion Field by Mount Tzin (Har...

    The next stops in our road trip were Mount Tzin and the Concretion Field in the area. A concretion is like a medium size boulder and there's lots of it in this area. The smaller ones are all scattered around the ground, while the bigger ones are arranged in statues of some sort.The rocks are also called bulbs, probably because the Hebrew word for...

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  • The Scorpion Ascent (Ma'ale Akkrabim)

    Moving on in our road trip and leaving the Makhtesh area behind, we proceeded towards Mount Tzin by the way of the Scorpion Ascent. This road is the former road between Eilat and Be'er Sheva until the built a new highway, but its origins go way back to the Bible and the Roman times and this is a road used on the Independence war by the Israeli...

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  • The Colored Sands

    Still in the Big Makhtesh Nature Reserve and not far from the Petrified Trees, we found the site of the Colored Sands. The oxidation process of the minerals in the terrain color the rocks and the sands, giving the site a very nice look, contrasting with the landscape of white and "beige" sand. In some of the rocks there are holes that, at first,...

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  • The Petrified (or Fossilized) Trees

    In the Big Makhtesh Valley there are 2 natural sights of interest. The first one is the Petrified Trees. These are real logs that time and a process called "permineralization" have "created". By this process, all the organic materials are replaced with minerals. I knocked on the wood and they indeed felt like stone.On the vicinity, you can observe...

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  • The Big Makhtesh (Makhtesh Gadol)

    The first stop in our road trip was at the Big Makhtesh. Basically, this Makhtesh is a crater like depression on the Negev Desert. It's estimated to be 12 km long and 7 km wide, with an area of 60 sq km and at the time of the discovery, this was the largest Makhtesh but today Makhtesh Ramon is bigger.The interesting part is that there's no real...

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  • Ibex

    Isa went with me to visit the site of David Ben Gurion's grave. It is a national park in honor of one of the great men who built the foundation of todays Israel. The park, situated in the middle of the desert is a small oasis with greenery that attracts the local herds of Ibex. As you can see in these photos, they are used to "tourists". I managed...

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  • Maktesh Gadol (resting)

    The Maktesh Gadol (or Big Crater) is a very special geological feature found only here in Israel. There are three of these formations and the Big Crater is not the largest. There is a "Small" and also Maktesh Ramon, Ramon being the largest by far.In the picture you can see Imre (from Hungary) and Gil taking a rest from there strenuous car ride to...

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  • Nahal Tzin and the Bulbusiem

    Nahal Tzin is one of the largest rift valleys in Israel, stretching over much of the width of the southern desert. At one point is Har Tzin (the Tzin Mountain) and below it is a very special geological feature, the Bulbusiem Field...The first photo shows the Har Tzin jutting out of the valley floor (there is a trail that you can take to the top)....

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  • Meeting RhineRoll at Dead Sea

    After meeting RhineRoll (Winfred)for a night of drinking and friends in Tel-Aviv we also managed to get together for a few hours down at the Dead Sea below our home in Arad. We enjoyed an evening visiting a few of the bars at the hotels there and just talking for the most part, getting to know each other a little.

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  • Maale Yair (above the Dead Sea)

    You can hike from Arad to Maale Yair, or ride a mountain bike or even take a 4 wheel drive vehicle, but whatever way you get there the many paths that take you there are all interesting and have some beautiful sights.The first photo shows the commemorative stone placed there for Captain Yair Peled who lost his life when opening this path.The second...

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  • Swim with Yoona (Hotsauce) and Guy

    Yes, the Dead Sea is ALIVE !! Alive with visitors enjoying the rejuvenating feeling of the heavy waters of this amazing inland sea. Here you can see Yoona and Guy floating, but take a look at how high they are in the water. The high mineral content of the water causes you to have more bouyancy than you have in fresh water or salt water. The...

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  • Timna - Solomon Pillars

    From Carmela71's page:"The King Solomon´s Pillars are the result of natural erosion, typical of red sandstone. The moisture seeps into the fissures and causes the crumbling of the rock. As the exterior layer of the stone is more resistant to the erosion so it creates this peculiar look of the pillars."

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  • Ramon Crater

    The craters are a unique geological phenomenon which can found in the Negev desert. There are three such craters and Ramon Crater is the largest. It offers great views of desert landscapes.

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  • Masada - Synagogue

    This is an old synagogue that they found in this place.People say that the synagogue is from the first century.

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  • Masada - The bathhouse

    When you walk here you can see the large bathhouse and the beautiful mosaic that served the people of Masada.

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  • En Gedi - The old Synagogue

    The old Synagogue is between Wadi David and Wadi Arugot.You will see here a beautiful mosaic.

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  • Sunrise over the dead sea

    One of the most spectacular things in this area is the sunrise over the dead sea.Something very powerful and spiritual.You , alone , without civilization.The desert is something else for me - the urban guy.Relax , find a good spot for this (maybe a mountain) and enjoy.

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  • The Dead Sea

    This is the lowest place on earth !400 meters below sea level full with minerals and salt.Very relaxing and the floating effect is a lot of fun.

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  • Waterfalls

    You will see a lot of waterfalls in this area.In the winter i guess they are much beautiful but still - some of the them are amazing.

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  • Animals of the desert and En gedi

    You can find in En gedi a lot of animals because of the sweet water near the dead sea.There are Ibex , leopards , hyrax and more.Dont make noise and you will enjoy those animals in nature.

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  • En Gedi - Wadi Arugot

    Wadi Arugot is a lot harder than wadi david - it is a 2 hours track from the entrance to the hidden waterfall and back.You have 2 options for this track - the red one is harder i think it is on the mountain and the blue is in the water.You pay something like 25 nis for Wadi David , Wadi Arugot and the old synagogue.

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  • En Gedi - Wadi David

    Wadi David is a nice track - not too hard and with a very beautiful view.It starts in En gedi field school.You walk and see waterfalls , animals and the dead sea.The track is 1 hour from the start to the waterfall and back.You pay something like 25 nis for Wadi David , Wadi Arugot and the old synagogue.

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  • Masada

    This is one of the most famous landmarks of israel , a stronghold on the desert with great view to the dead sea , a symbol of courage.You can enjoy this place for a few hours and go to the dead sea to relax.you can climb on a cable car or walk up the hill.The view from here is amazing but the sun is very strong so be aware.

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  • Mamshit National Park

    One of the Nabatean cities which can be found in the Negev desert, together with Shivta and Avdat. The city was called Memphis in the Nabatean period and while it's smaller than the other cities, it offers more restored houses. Like other Nabatean cities it sat on a road used for tradings in the pre-Roman world. After the Roman occupation the...

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  • Ein Gedi

    If you visit the dead sea area and you want to enjoy some nature, Ein Gedi is the place for you. This is an oasis in the middle of the desert. There are two wadis right in the entrance to the kibbutz. Shown here is David Wadi, which is quite an easy walk with plenty of water and a lot of wild life.

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  • The Dead Sea

    Go to see the Dead Sea. It is just an hour drive east from Jerusalem and you will have unforgettable experience. You can float at the sea, you can go to spa and lost of other activities there.

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  • Eilat

    Eilat is the southern city of Israel located on the edge of the desert in the northern shore of the red sea.It is not a typical Israeli town, it is mostly tourist and holiday resort, great place for a family vacation.

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  • The desert

    By going south, you go into the desert, by driving or sitting in the bus out of Tel-Aviv, after half an hour or so you start to see less and less trees and vegetation till you finds yourself in the desert.

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  • Qumran National Park

    The Qumran site was discovered in 1946 by a bedouin boy, who went to find a lost goat, but instead found a cave in which clay pots were hidden. In these pots, a treasure of manuscripts was discovered. This discovery led to the discovery of over 700 additional manuscripts in this area.

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