Ein Avdat (Avdat Spring) lies at the foot of the narrow canyon dividing the plateau between the ancient Nabatean city of Avdat and Kibbutz Sde Boker, in Ein Avdat National Park. The park encompasses the remains of one of the famed ancient Nabatean cities along the Incense Route, the road over which precious incense, perfumes, and spices were brought from Arabia across the Negev and to the Mediterranean ports. Ask for the explanatory leaflet when you pay. Lock your car, taking valuables with you. On the way, it's worth taking a reflective pause in Sde Boker, where Israel's first prime minister, dedicated to the dream of making the Negev flourish, lived and is now buried.
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