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Be'er Sheva

Be'er Sheva is known as the "Capital of the Negev (South)" and serves as a center for all the Southern cities and communities in Israel. Many businesses, national sites, cultural events, activities and social services take place in the city. The people of Southern Israel spend their free time in Be'er Sheva's restaurants, bars, clubs and markets. Ben Gurion University of the Negev is also located in Be'er Sheva and is a major center for teaching and research with close to 20,000 students.


Eilat is the ultimate resort city with hotels and beaches, located on the shore of the Red Sea. The city attracts every year thousands of tourist from all over the world. The weather in Eilat is warm all year round. The combination of a hot climate, a tropical sea and a breathtaking background of wild, bare granite mountains has turned it into a tourist gem all the year round.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, The lowest spot on the face of the earth, and a natural health spa - the Dead Sea is one site you don't want to miss! In this astonishing piece of nature you'll be able to read a newspaper while floating on the water, Heal your body with natural black mud and mineral salted water, relaxing in hot springs and more.


Massada is one of the most exciting and frequently-toured places in Israel, and relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end. Massada is a place where battles were waged with rocks and flaming arrows, as well as battles of the human spirit. Massada is extremely high, and can be ascended on foot by the winding "snake path" or by a cable car that runs from the tourist center at the feet of Massada to the top. The tourist center also features a movie about the story of Massada, a model of the site, and an exhibit of the archeological findings.


Arad has both a beautiful desert landscape and a dry climate, known for its healing properties. Its canyons, cliffs and hidden caves attract thousands of hikers. The city is located in proximity to the Judean Desert, Masada, the Dead Sea and important archaeological sites such as Tel Arad. The city is also part of the National Israel Trail.

Mitzpe Ramon

On the edge of the Ramon crater, at a height of some 300 meters above it, sits the town of Mitspe Ramon. This pleasant, quiet town, built in the landscape of the largest of the Negev craters, between paths and cliffs, mountains and springs, has recently become a thriving tourism town.
Mitspe Ramon is an important stop for desert tourists. The southern part of town has a wide variety of hotels, hostels, campsites and a Bedouin inn. It is the starting point for jeep, bicycle or camel tours.

Yeruham Park

Yeruham Lake is a manmade lake in the Revivim Stream channel, an oasis which sparkles in green and blue in the arid desert landscape. Pine forest spreads over about 500 dunams and incorporates also fruit trees, and in the winter a magnificent multi-colored blossom and even water birds which nest in the winter. Here one can find many sitting areas and lawns among the forest trees.

Timna Park

Timna Park combines incredible scenery and fun activities for the entire family with a fascinating historical tale. The park is located approximately 25 kilometers north of Eilat, in the middle of the Red Sea Desert. The horseshoe-shaped park, created by tectonic plate movement tens of millions of years ago, spreads out over an area of 60 square kilometers and is part of the Syrian-African rift.

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