The Dead Sea is the lowest land mass in the world, located 434 meters below sea level. The unique lake in the south of the country has a very high salinity concentration of about 34%. Ten times as much as the Mediterranean.
Its name in English – Dead Sea, stems from the fact that no marine creature can live at such a high level of salinity, but precisely because of the same level of salinity and rare chemical composition, along with the climate and desert landscape around it – the Dead Sea has become a global tourist attraction.
Desert tourism in the Dead Sea area, its charm – and besides bathing in the Dead Sea, a short drive away, historical sites, a variety of hiking trails, and nature and scenery that you do not see every day!
Dead Sea – Bathing beaches are open all year!
Bathing in the Dead Sea is peaceful and calm – apart from the silence, and the desert atmosphere, the concentration of salinity ensures that you float in the water all the time! Also, the Dead Sea shores are active throughout the year – and it is even recommended to visit them in the transition seasons, autumn or spring, due to the hot temperature in the summer months.
The most touristy beaches – in the Ein Bokek and Neve Zohar area, are open to the public free of charge – and you can find a variety of restaurants, rent chairs, sunbeds, and parasols – and even if you forgot to bring flip flops or a towel, you could buy beachwear, cosmetics, and souvenirs from the many shops near the beaches.
A variety of other beaches, less crowded, to which access is by car and paid parking:
‘Kalia Beach‘ – with accommodation and camping and many activities for families;
‘Bianchini Beach‘ – with a Moroccan restaurant and a large swimming pool next to the beach;
‘Mineral Beach‘ – where you can enjoy a sulfur water pool in addition to the pleasant and quiet beach.
And ‘Oasis Beach‘ with the most enjoyable Greek tavern nights.
Excursion in the Dead Sea area – the perfect desert experience
Even if the Dead Sea itself is the leading destination of your trip, the unique nature that surrounds it is not to be missed!
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is the largest oasis in Israel. The reserve is home to goats, rock faces, and other desert animals, so it is essential to maintain cleanliness throughout the trip. The hiking trails in the nature reserve are the most enjoyable – Nahal Arugot, which flows all year round, the Waterfall of David and the Cave of David at its head, small and refreshing pools, and a stunning view of the Dead Sea – will ensure an experiential and enjoyable day trip!
Another site of great historical importance, of course, is the Masada National Park. The impressive cliff overlooking the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert, with the ancient fortress at its head, has a vibrant history: the days of the destruction of the Second Temple, the end of the Kingdom of Judah, the Maccabean Revolt, Bar Kochba, and more. You can reach the cliff’s top, to the summit of Masada, by cable car or by walking. The antiquities and archeological finds, along with the spectacular view from above, have made the Masada National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and one of the most visited places in Israel.
The Dead Sea for vacationers – Ein Bokek
The Dead Sea hotels offer a pampering vacation and an enjoyable vacation, in the lowest place in the world. You can find hotels of all types and in a wide range of prices! The large selection allows you to choose between the large touristic companies in Israel, which often also offer different spa packages to complete the experience and more modest hotels. For those of you who want to connect with nature, in Ein Bokek near hotels, there is a neat camping site – free of charge.
The perfect balance between breathtaking nature and relaxing vacation, offered by the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert, is the recipe for the ideal vacation, which will fill you with positive energies – which will suffice at least until the next holiday! Enjoy!