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Eilat, Israel’s southern-most city, is a paradise-like resort town for Israelis and foreigners. This unique oasis set on the coast of the Red Sea enjoys warm and relaxing weather for most of the year and offers a mix of sun, excitement, sea, desert and nature found in few other places.
Visitors in Eilat benefit from a wide array of five star resort hotels and more modest all-expense vacation spots. Eilat has accommodations to fit every traveler’s budget. The large promenade offers a variety of restaurants and stores during the day, and bars, cafes and nightclubs for those seeking night-time entertainment. Water sports are a big attraction in Eilat, but none so much as scuba diving. The Red Sea’s calm, clear waters offer views of stunning Coral Reefs for the experienced and first-time diver alike. A beautiful underwater world awaits any visitor after a quick equipment rental.
As part of the Eilot District, Eilat is surrounded by incredible natural elements. Hiking, mountain biking adventures, jeep rides, spectacularly colored backdrops and unexpected landscapes await the adventurer in Israel’s southern region.
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Eilat is nestled among the beautifully colored Edom Mountains on the shores of the clear blue Red Sea. It is Israel’s southernmost point but is a mere hour-long flight from Tel Aviv.
Eilat Resort Town:
Eilat is a paradise vacation for those that love having all the amenities a resort town can offer. Luxury hotels with incredible views. Beautiful beaches. Water sports. Fine dining restaurants. A nightlife that includes bars, pubs, and clubs for dancing until the sun comes up. And shopping…the best VAT-free shopping Israel has to offer (Eilat is a free trade zone).
Every day in Eilat is a sunny day. It very rarely rains in Eilat. Even in winter, the average mid-day temperature is generally above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21C) and the waters of the Red Sea remain swimmable at a temperature that seldom dips below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20C).
Eilat beaches are among the most beautiful in the Middle East. Their position between the Edom Mountains and Red Sea offer a truly beautiful view from anywhere in the city, but especially when relaxing on the sand. A promenade runs the length of the hotel area offering beachside restaurants, bars and kiosks for shopping.
The Red Sea’s tranquil waters are perfect for any type of boating activity and Eilat offers many to choose from: paddle boats, rowboats, kayaks and motorboats, just to name a few. Banana boat rides (inflated tubes pulled by a speedboat) are fun for groups of 5 to 8. Red Sea Cruises are very popular for small and large tourist groups. They can last for either one hour, a half- or full- day and are offered by many of the yachts in the Eilat Marina. Larger groups can rent out private yachts for a special event or just a beautiful day out on the water.
For the more adventurous at heart, water-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing are all available, and instructors are on-hand to teach first-timers. Marathons, triathlons and other sports competitions are held annually in Eilat.
Eilat Coral Reefs:
The bright blue waters of the Red Sea boast an array of breathtaking coral reefs and offer some of the most stunning dive locations in the world. Eilat has become a world renowned diving spot for this reason. Diving Clubs around Eilat offer lessons for beginners and more difficult dives for those with experience. Snorkeling and glass-bottom boats are also available throughout the beach-side resort for those interested in enjoying the reefs from further above.
What to See in Eilat:
The Dolphin Reef is an exciting activity for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors can choose to watch the dolphins at play from dry land, or join them for a swim in the water. The facility can be found just minutes away from the Coral Reef. Many other intriguing underwater worlds can be seen at the Coral World Park. The many aquariums bring sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and incredibly colorful species of coral fish right up to your fingertips. The Underwater Observatory is a tower that peaks into the depths of the Red Sea waters at the Coral World Park. Tropical fish, sea anemones and creatures of many shapes and sizes await those interested in this unique view of the world swimming under the sea. An above-ground observation deck also gives a stunning view of the entire Gulf of Aqaba.
Timna Park is a short and worthwhile drive out of Eilat. The park is filled with ancient copper mines, rocks, mountain cliffs and canyons all with amazingly varied shades of color. Solomon’s Pillars are the most famous of the rock formations found at Timna; these 50 meter columns were carved naturally out of stone by water streams.
Eilat also holds international festivals for jazz and classical music on a yearly basis.
Eilat Desert Adventures:
With its proximity to the Negev Desert and the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Eilat provides opportunities for many land based adventures. Hiking, jeep and camel treks, mountain biking and rappelling from mountains are all easily experienced with either private or organized tours.
Eilat Bird Observation:
Much like the Galilee, Eilat is a crucial stop for many birds on their migration path to winter lodging. It is the only land bridge between Asia and Africa. Birds can be seen flying between the two continents during almost every month of the year, but the majority make their journey in the fall and spring. The International Bird Watcher Center provides guided tours for visitors.
Shopping in Eilat:
Eilat has a reputation for great shopping. The local malls are air-conditioned, new and contain outlet stores from many of Israel’s most fashionable clothing chains. Designer boutiques, jewelry, athletic equipment, shoe stores and souvenirs are also readily available. Eilat is a Duty Free Zone and all products are VAT free for locals and tourists alike.
Most of Eilat’s night scene is based around the North Beach district, where many of the hotels are also located. Here, the pubs, bars and nightclubs are open until all hours and provide entertainment for every taste. Especially during the summer, beachfront, open-air bars and parties are very popular. The sandy beaches and promenade are always busy with many thrill seekers visiting Eilat.