Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Travel Guide
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The Judean Hills that encircle Jerusalem, together with the wilderness that slopes precipitously eastward to the Dead Sea, offer an astonishing range of scenery: springs and oases, forests and fields, hiking trails, and impressive archaeological sites such as Masada. West of the city, nature reserves and wineries offer other worthwhile excursions. Don't miss Soreq Cave, full of fantastic stalagmites and stalactites, or the extraordinary man-made caverns of Beit Guvrin and Maresha. The area is becoming more popular with a wide range of travelers, thanks to its thriving wineries and cheese and olive oil producers.
Visitors, both national and international, who come to "take the waters" and enjoy the serene desert scenery, heavily use the lodgings in the Dead Sea region...read more
Some Judean Hills wineries offer fancy meals along with their tastings, but these should be reserved in advance. Abu Ghosh, on the way to Latrun, is known...read more
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