Israel's Negev Desert is a stunning place to visit. Covering over half of Israel's total land area, the region is rich in sand, sun, nature parks and tourist attractions, making the country's southern region and absolute must-see on your next Israel trip, especially if you're looking for a clear, starlit Israeli desert experience.
Relax surrounded by amazing natural wonders
Head south to Israel's Negev Desert, where sand and sun mingle and connect to the region through exciting hiking trails, breathtaking views, historical sites and tourist attractions.. Choose from a wide variety activities to fit your unique interests, where you can mingle with the locals, encounter majestic animals and get acquainted with ancient cultures. Head to the Ramon Crater, where the view lasts forever. Unroll a yoga mat or sit right in the colorful sand and enjoy a moment of deep relaxation and intense meditation. When the sun sets and the sky fills with stars, travel to a Bedouin hospitality center, where guests are treated like local royalty with delicious treats, fun camel rides and a chance to camp out in the desert. Or, travel along the Incense road and visit the four local towns that flourished due to spice trade and became world heritage sites.
When it comes to family vacations, the desert sky is the limit
The Israeli desert has fun activities and wondrous hospitality arrangements to suit every touring family's needs – in close proximity to many modern hotels and quaint guest houses. Full of amazing sites and activities, the Negev is a great place for simple fun; hiking in national parks, cycling through the region's bike paths or jeeping (or ATV riding) up and down the dunes. The vast expanses and hilly landscape makes for an exciting adventure, regardless of the activity you choose. If you're looking for a more relaxing way to spend your vacation, visit a Negev winery, gaze at a crystal clear spring in the heart of the Israeli desert, or take a tour of a southern farm to get your juices flowing. Or, take advantage of your visit to the Negev to travel just a little further and float in the salty Dead Sea, cleansing your skin in the region's velvety mud.
photo credit: Dafna Tal