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Eilat and the Negev Travel Guide

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Plan Your Eilat and the Negev Vacation

With its stark mountains, dramatic wadis, archaeological treasures, colorful Bedouin encampments, and the spectacular Ramon Crater, the Negev—a word meaning "dry" in Hebrew—is much more than simply "a desert." The Negev contains Israel's most dramatic natural scenery, with its rugged highlands, as well as Eilat, a resort town set on the Red Sea, with luxury hotels, good restaurants

and bars, and duty-free shopping. There's even a growing winery scene here that will intrigue oenophiles.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Coral Reserve, Eilat Put on a snorkel and marvel at the brilliant-colored fish and entrancing corals at one of the world's finest protected coral reefs.
  2. Hiking the desert Explore the splendid scenery, deep wadis, rugged heights, and steep cliff faces of the Negev. The mountains of Eilat and the desert craters offer spectacular hikes.
  3. Makhtesh Ramon This giant crater is an utterly unique geological phenomenon, with hundreds of rock formations and multihued cliffs.
  4. Side trip to Petra Just over the border in Jordan, Petra's awe-inspiring Treasury (the Khazneh), carved into a rose-red cliff, is one of many archeological treats at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  5. Timna Park A half hour from Eilat, trek across the lunar-like landscape, making sure to see this desert park's famous red-hued Solomon's Pillars and its 20-foot mushroom-shaped rock formation.

When To Go

When to Go

October through May is the best time to explore the Negev. In early March, scarlet, bright yellow, white, and hot pink desert flowers burst out agai...

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