Eilat, Dead Sea & the South Things to do in Eilat, Dead Sea & the South

Days Out in Eilat, Dead Sea & Negev

Timna – A Geological Sculpture Garden and Ancient Copper Mines

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Timna Park is located in a valley roughly 25 Km north of Eilat, just off of Rt. 90.  The highlights of the park are remarkable natural rock formations, ancient copper mining sites and Egyptian rock drawings, in addition to a variety of recreational facilities.

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Floating in the Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, and has an incredible chemical composition jam packed with minerals. This means that things (basically) can't live in it. It is the source of popular cures for skin complaints,  beauty products, raw materials for mineral factories and you can float in the Dead Sea!

 

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Children at the Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea is absolutely brilliant for children - as long as you take precautions in regard to the sun and heat - water water water sun screen and hats.

Floating in the Dead Sea

Here are a few ideas:

 

Floating in the Dead Sea

Get them floating holding a book - it is a great picture to take home. But, watch out that they don't get salt in their eyes - it is unbelievably painful. See Floating in the Dead Sea

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Ein Gedi National Park

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About Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi - a desert oasis - green scenery in the midst of the yellows and browns, located west of the Dead Sea. The name Ein Gedi is composed of two Hebrew words: ein which means spring and gdi (or gedi) which means goat-kid and you will certainly encounter the mountain goats scampering up the cliffs.

 

Ein Gedi was settled for thousands of years and there are some incredible mosaics in the Ein Gedi ancient synagogue. In the Bible, Ein Gedi is mentioned in the Song of Songs (1:14) - "the vineyards of Ein Gedi".

 

Ein Gedi is a place for a walk or a hike or in the local - a "tiyul."  Ein Gedi is one of those places you can go to time and time again. I think that the average school kid probably has two or three excursions to Ein Gedi during their school career and maybe one or two trips a year with their families.
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Masada

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Masada - A UNESCO world heritage site and an incredible place and story of bravery, revolution, survival and honor.

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History of Masada

A group of zealots took refuge in the Masada desert fortress during the Jewish Revolt (66-70 CE) and withstood the Romans for three years.  Eventually the Romans built an assault ramp up one side of the hill allowing them to deploy superior troops and technology. On the night before the inevitable Roman victory the defenders committed mass suicide to avoid capture. Masada has been extensively excavated and even food stores were found!

 

Masada has passed into modern Israeli as a classic narrative and a symbol of independence, honour and the good fight - Masada will not fall again!

 

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