Eilat is located at the very southern tip of Israel on the shores of the Red Sea. It has a unique character – it is unmistakably Israel, yet it is different. As a city it is pretty much completely dedicated to being a tourist resort.
Eilat is blessed with stunning scenery set between mountains – a desert oasis built on the sea. Whether you arrive by car (4-5 hours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem although we recommend you take longer to see some of the sites in the Negev along the way), or by air, it is a very remarkable experience to see endless miles of desert suddenly punctuated by a modern city and hotels – very similar to arriving in Las Vegas.
The views of the mountains (especially at sunset), the lagoon, and the sea, are very impressive. From the shore you can see three countries (Jordan, Egypt, Saudia Arabia) other than Israel.
Eilat is primarily a place to come to relax, in one of the many excellent hotels (or hostels), and to enjoy the (almost) year round sunshine. Summer temperatures can get to or top 40C – which only makes the swimming pool and sea all that much more inviting. The winters are very pleasant and Eilat is a pleasant winter break from cold Europe.
If you want to just relax then the routine in Eilat is based around the pool, sea, boardwalk/tayelet/promenade, shopping (VAT free in Eilat) and some of the popular attractions.
Eilat also caters to the more sport-minded – there is excellent coral scuba diving (introductory, licences and independent) and a whole variety of other water and general sports and outings.
You can also book jeep trips and see some of the sites in the desert near to Eilat such as Timna Park.
See our guide to Things Not to Be Missed in Eilat.
Eilat makes a perfect place to start or finish you Israel holiday giving you a few days to charge your batteries before or after the more intense touring in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or the North of Israel.