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Eilat The ancient Israeli city of Eilat is internationally famous as a premium seaside resort. Fans of shopping also love this destination because of one reason – Eilat is a tax-free city. However, fantastic shopping centers and comfortable beaches are not the only advantages that attract numerous tourists to the resort. Eilat is famous for its marvelous history and amazing natural landmarks. The climate is quite arid in this part of the country, so rain is a rare guest in Eilat and many consider it a climatic anomaly rather than something usual. That said, Eilat and its suburbs are not deprived of picturesque nature. Visitors will find unique natural landmarks not only on the surface but also underwater – the coastline and nearshore waters are a nature reserve that is incredibly popular with divers.
When describing the diverse historic landmarks of Eilat, Massada National Park and the fortress with the same name, which is located nearby, should be mentioned first. Built several hundred … Open
Eilat is a city, the history of which started several thousand years ago. First mentions of Eilat belong to the period of King Solomon. According to the historical data, the legendary King Solomon's Mines were located not far from the modern city. Scientists have discovered that the first city on the site of modern Eilat appeared more than 3,000 years ago. During the reign of the Roman Empire, the city’s name was Aila. It had a great strategic importance and, for a long time, the Roman garrison was located there.
The history of modern Eilat starts in 1949, after the proclamation of independence of Israel. The former military base, a significant part of which was in ruins, started developing actively. It took less than 50 years to turn a nearly deserted place into a marvelous resort of the international level. Eilat got the status of a town in 1959. Several important highways appeared near it, and the town’s infrastructure kept developing continuously. Currently, approximately 47,000 people live in Eilat, and a large part of the population works in the travel and hospitality industry. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Eilat is a true treasure for fans of active and diversified holidays. This town has literally ideal conditions for family vacationers and fans of active pastime. In Eilat, you will find … Open
As it was mentioned above, beach rest remains the major tourist pastime in Eilat. However, the resort has everything needed for water-based sports. Fans of scuba diving will also find this resort incredibly interesting, as well as fans of surfing and yachting connoisseurs. Calm and trouble-free beach rest is particularly pleasant to mix with the observation of local landmarks. For example, tourists are recommended to attend Maritime Museum of Eilat. Tourists with children, in their turn, will find it exciting to visit King’s City Eilat.
Eilat Fans of event tourism will also find Eilat an interesting place. For many years, the town has been the location of various music festivals. The stylish and modern resort town has a well-developed infrastructure that looks very appealing to tourists who prefer to stay in dynamic and vibrant places. Sports and entertainment complexes, excellent restaurants and nightclubs, casinos and loud discos – Eilat is suitable for travelers of any age. Tourists, who seek serenity and privacy away from urban stress, will also not feel disappointed. They are always welcome to observe magnificent nature reserves in Eilat vicinity or relax on calm beaches.
For thousands of divers all over the world, a Red Sea vacation is a synonym of a dream. The coastal waters of Eilat are rich in nature landmarks. Fans of scuba diving will have a brilliant … Open
The mountains that surround Eilat serve as an excellent protection for this city. High volatility has led to the increased salinity (up to 41 ‰) in the bay. Warm water creates ideal conditions for growth of corals. Low humidity makes it relatively easy to bear high temperatures. Warm winter makes the resort perfectly adapted to rest at this time of year.
Eilat, Israel The abundance of corals means that underwater life here is really rich. This fact attracts many fans of diving to Eilat. Those, who have not mastered this art, have a unique opportunity to explore the richness of fauna of this part of the Red Sea by attending Sea Museum of Eilat. Huge aquariums of the museum have gathered a huge collection of living organisms that inhabit underwater world. However, the underwater observatory is the most unique facility as it goes 100 meters deep into the sea.
In Eilat, travelers will find dozens of high-class hotels. The gorgeous Herods Palace has always been one of the most prestigious and luxurious hotels of the resort. It is open in a large … Open
No resort is possible without all kinds of amusement parks. However, Kings City in Eilat is overcomes the majority of these parks. Those, who don’t feel happy without the charm of winter sports, should definitely visit wonderful Ice Park opened in spring 2011. The unique climate of Eilat made this place one of best resorts for winter recreation.
Eilat at night Shopping and visiting colorful markets of Eilat is a popular entertainment among tourists. The majority of shops targeted at travelers are located near the waterfront. It is the location of numerous souvenir shops that offer traditional Hamsa amulets, attractive pendants, unusual magnets, and colorful T-shirts. Females will also find it interesting to visit cosmetic shops that offer various skincare solutions with the Dead Sea minerals. Tourists usually like quality organic shampoos and scrubs, various face creams, and small packages with sea salt.
When describing the diverse historic landmarks of Eilat, Massada National Park and the fortress with the same name, which is located nearby, should be mentioned first. Built several hundred … Open
Eilat is rich in jewelry workshops, in which local masters create attractive silver jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones. As a rule, these workshops have very attractive prices, and the quality of items also deserves praise. These workshops also have one more important advantage – visitors can order an exclusive jewelry piece. Travelers, who decide to explore colorful markets of Eilat, will have an excellent opportunity to purchase best figs and olives, traditional humus and local wine. Eilat neighborhood is famous for its delicious pomegranate wine that is widely praised for its unique taste.
Eilat The picturesque resort is traditionally popular with fans of beach recreation. The total length of beaches in Eilat region exceeds 12 kilometers. Migdalor Beach is considered the most popular and comfortable beach in the region. It has free lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. There is an incredibly attractive coral reef not far from this part of the coast, so divers are also in love with Migdalor.
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Wadi Rum Desert

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Fans of unusual entertainment go exploring the desert on camels. Tourists always have an opportunity to meet a sunset and stay in the desert among the desert landscapes for the night. The most famous sights of the desert are the Burdah Rock bridge, which makes all travelers want to walk on, and Khazad Canyon. The last is the incredibly picturesque mountain gorge that is 5 km long. This is where a large part of the cave paintings were found. … Read further
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