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Negev Desert

Travel Guide
Mamshit National Park showing heritage elements and a ruin

Embark on a trip through this vast expanse of rock desert where ancient cultures, highly significant archaeological sites and abounding natural beauty await. 

The Negev Desert forms half of Israel and is, for the most part, a barren swathe of rocky desert land. Look a little closer however and you will discover an enticing region filled with life and beauty. In its heart sits the gargantuan geological phenomenon, the Ramon Crater. The small town of Mitzpe Ramon is the gateway to the desert pursuits on offer: hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, jeep tours and even desert archery.

The city of Beersheba marks the beginning of the Negev Desert. Visit the city’s market, wander through the cobbled lanes of the Turkish town (Old City), or visit Abraham’s Well archaeological site.

Visit Kibbutz Sde Boker for a slice of Israeli history. This was where the country’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, lived and died. See his house and go to his burial site where there are staggering views across the Zin Valley.

The Nabatean Incense Route once wove its way through the Negev Desert from the capital in Petra (present-day Jordan). Cities appeared along the route which catered to the often mile-long camel caravans. Visit the impressive remains of these once prosperous cities at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Avdat, Haluza, Shivta and Mamshit.

The Negev Desert surprises in many different ways. Hiking opportunities abound, but there are many other ways to appreciate its beauty too. Visit one of the welcoming, family-run wineries, set off on a camel trek or enjoy some Bedouin hospitality and food in a traditional tent. Be sure not to miss out on visiting Ein Avdat National Park, where wildlife and waterfalls await.

The best way to visit the Negev Desert is by car, as public transportation is limited. This is a remote and sparsely populated region, but easy to navigate as there are few roads. Get swept up in the beauty, solitude and unique atmosphere of the vast stretches of sand.

Where to stay in Negev Desert

Queen of Sheba Eilat Hotel
Queen of Sheba Eilat Hotel
5 out of 5
8 Antib Road, North Shore, Eilat
The price is £221 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
This family-friendly Eilat hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Mifrats Beach and Harbor Bridge. Green Beach and Spiral Park are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (733 reviews)
"Sometimes the people at the pool can be rude but it’s impossible to avoid arsim nowadays. Other than that hotel is great."

Reviewed on 20 May 2021

Queen of Sheba Eilat Hotel
Isrotel Yam Suf
Isrotel Yam Suf
4.5 out of 5
Coral Beach, Eilat
Offering direct access to the beach, this Eilat hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Princess Beach and Taba Beach. Dolphin Reef and Eilat ...
4.3/5Excellent! (211 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Isrotel Yam Suf
Beresheet Hotel
Beresheet Hotel
5 out of 5
Derech Beresheet 1, Ramat Negev
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Makhtesh Ramon Visitors Center and 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from Ramon Crater. Avdat National ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (349 reviews)
"One of the best hotels in the world"

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Beresheet Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Classic Inn
Classic Inn
Midyan 28, Eilat
The price is £53 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Eilat Museum and Art Gallery and Musical Fountain Eilat. Mall Hayam and Papaya ...
3.8/5Good! (156 reviews)
"The Classic Inn was overall a nice experience. The manager was friendly and helpful, and he was available on his cellphone when we had questions even if he wasn't at the desk. Our room was spacious and we enjoyed the kitchenette. Two points to note - 1) there was no stove top, only a microwave and ..."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Classic Inn
Isrotel Riviera Club
Isrotel Riviera Club
3.5 out of 5
North Beach 2, Eilat
This family-friendly Eilat apartment building is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Mifrats Beach, Spiral Park and Green Beach. Ice Mall and ...
4/5Very Good! (367 reviews)
Good value for money
"Very nice hotel, worth the price."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Isrotel Riviera Club
Mr. Soof - By TLV2GO
Mr. Soof - By TLV2GO
The price is £204 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Situated in Eilat, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Eilat Museum and Art Gallery, Musical Fountain Eilat and Mall Hayam. Papaya Beach and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Un super séjour
"Nous avons passé 4 jours en famille dans cet établissent. Décoration moderne dans appartements, mobilier et terrasse formidable. Nous avions choisi l’appartement avec une grande terrasse sans regret. Vue formidable ! L’appartement est certes un peu petit mais c’est compensé largement par la terrasse ..."

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2021

Mr. Soof - By TLV2GO
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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