If you loved Avdat, consider a visit to Shivta, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with several others along the ancient Spice Route. Though off the beaten track—40 km from Beersheva and a stone's throw from the Egyptian border—Shivta is another Nabatean-built town miraculously spared the ravages of time and constantly undergoing preservation efforts to showcase its impressive Roman and Byzantine remains, most of which were built after
the spread of Christianity in the 4th century AD. The site houses a complex of ancient pools, houses of worship, cisterns, and the remains of impressive private dwellings. In an unusual arrangement, an individual family lives in a structure built by H. Colt, a scion of the gun manufacturing company, when he dug at Shivta for a decade beginning in 1933. The family, Avi and Dina Oach, serve meals and give tours of the property. Call in advance to confirm availability and to make sure they're serving meals.
Rd. 211 East, Shivta, Israel