Eilat Israel has it all; Sun, Desert, and Sea for the ultimate getaway.
Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea and the southern edge of the Negev desert, Eilat is the southernmost city in Israel.
The gulf's clear blue waters and breathtakingly beautiful natural coral reefs earn it the reputation as a world class vacation destination and my personal favorite.
The beautiful Red Sea - Eilat Israel
Eilat is located at the crossroads of four countries and two continents - Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the east
in Asia. and Egypt to the west in Africa.
Sometimes misspelled Elat, the city is located between to the Egyptian village of Taba to the south,
the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east.
The mountains surrounding the Gulf of Eilat create a backdrop that is truly beyond words.
The city's main cluster of Hotels is situated on the northern beaches of Eilat Bay, adjacent to the city town center and the airport. Most of the hotels in this area are graded three to five stars and tend to be expensive.
Everything is within walking distance, including the beaches, shopping areas, bars and nightclubs.
If you decide to drive in, just park your car and leave it. The city is so small that you're better off taking a cab or even walking.
Eilat resort hotels - Red Sea
My Top Tips
On my first visit in the summer of 2005, I was simply astonished at the awesome natural beauty of this
entire region and the seemingly endless things to do. We actually drove directly from Ben Gurion Airport
through the desert. It is about a 200 Mile (341KM) trip that takes 4-5 hours. Just be extra cautious as the single lane roads wind
through mountainous terrain and the naturally aggressive local drivers can become a hazard.
Tip: Stop at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center off Road 40 on your way from Beersheva to Eilat. It is an amazing place to have lunch overlooking the Ramon crater and a good halfway rest point.
Geology buffs might like to know that it just looks like a crater, and is in fact a makhtesh, which is a land formation unique to the Negev desert.
After several hours of winding roads through the Negev Desert you enter the Gulf of Eilat, with a very dramatic shift in landscape.
At first glance, you see a beautiful resort city with high rise hotels towering over the clear blue Gulf of Eilat Israel, all set against a backdrop of desert and mountains. I couldn't help thinking it looked like a mirage or Oasis.
Feeding Dolphins, Eilat
There are so many things to do for all ages that I could devote an entire website and not cover them all. Here are just a few of my personal favorites:
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Ne-see-ah Ne-ee-mah (Have a pleasant journey in Hebrew)