I’m not sure why, but every year during this time I get anxious and want travel – discover new places, eat delicious foods and experience new cultures. We are already planning a small getaway to nearby islands in April just before the Semana Santa (Easter), but we are also thinking about what to do on our summer holidays.
One of the things we have had on our travel bucket list for some time is visiting the Dead Sea region. So we have been doing some research lately and have discovered that there are actually more things to do in the region than just spend a day at the Dead Sea.
So below you’ll find 3 places we think you should not miss when visiting the Dead Sea.
Ein Bokek Beach
Of course, when you are visiting the Dead Sea, you have to go to the beach! Ein Bokek beach is a perfect place to enjoy the sea as comfortably as possible. The beach area has showers, changing rooms, shelters providing shade, public bathrooms and also a lifeguard service.
So relax, float, cover yourself in a Dead Sea mud that is said to have healing properties and of course, take a lot of photos! I’d suggest you check out Ronnie’s experience and tips for visiting the Dead Sea.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is the biggest oasis in Israel. The oasis has been mentioned in the Bible several times and it has been a huge attraction point to settlers and nomads over thousands of years. Nowadays the lush nature reserve in the Judean Desert fascinates hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
There are several hiking trails that are suitable for hikers of different ages and levels. Along the trails you can find special pools for swimming, a hidden waterfall, a secret cave, an ancient temple, a multitude of reptiles, herds of cute rock-hyrax, ibex, and of course lavish vegetation, that is so uncommon in the desert area.
Mount Sodom is one of the world’s most extraordinary geological formations – it’s made almost entirely of salt. The mountain also has the longest natural salt cave in the world. It’s full of wonderful salt stalactites and stalagmites, but unfortunately, the caves are closed to visitors.
Mount Sodom is more than 200m above the Dead Sea level, but if we compare it to the world mean sea level, it’s actually around 170m below sea level!
When visiting the mountain, take The Fish Trail’ – it will show you that the Dead Sea was once alive. Be sure to spend some time on the Mount Sodom viewpoint too, it’s said to be one of the most impressive viewpoints in the Dead Sea area.