Visiting Eilat, Dead Sea & The Negev (South)

The South in Israel conjures up images of the desert – the Negev and the Judean deserts, miles upon miles of desert with Eilat at the end as a modern oasis in the sea of sand.

So to clear up the first misconception, there is very little sand here, it is much more rocky, and although it has many large empty areas there are also significant examples of making the desert bloom  as per Ben Gurion’s vision (the first Prime Minister of Israel and a great visionary of utilising the desert).

There are some significant tourist sites, Dead Sea, Masada, Sede Boker, Ramon Craters, Timna Park and Ein Avdat to mention but a few. Of course there really is Eilat at the end of the road. It does appear as a modern oasis in an ancient desert, and offers a real vacation resort. It also has water sports, desert treks, a Dolphin Reef (where you can view and  swim with the dolphins) and coral reef diving.

It is no longer necessary to travel by camel (although you will still see a few) – there are roads. The most significant is Road 90. Please be careful, although the distances are not large in European terms, the roads are mainly single lane and the combination of heat, long tedious straight sections and some freight lorries make these fairly accident prone roads. You will for the same reason; often see police speed traps and patrol vehicles out and about. After rain sections of the road maybe closed; please do not ignore the closures – the flooding can be very dangerous; in the best case you will be hauled out by a helicopter.

If you happen to be around after significant rain; take a desert trip and see some of the flash floods and how the desert changes colour.

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