One of Israel's most beautiful places is the desert moon landscape of the Ramon Crater, the largest erosion crater in the world. Last year I wrote a complete travel guide to Mitzpe Ramon and to make it complete, here is a photography guide to this gorgeous place so you know exactly where to take the best Instagram photos!
When you visit Mitzpe Ramon and the Ramon crater, you'll for sure want to visit the town's edge where they created a visitor's center and boulevard with gorgeous views. The visitor's center itself is very interesting but not the most photogenic, and neither is the official viewpoint next to the visitor's center. Instead, there are several beautiful settings along the crater where it's less crowded and where you can take stunning photos:
The Sculpture garden
Head west from the Beresheet Hotel and you'll find a range of sculptures that form a beautiful setting for some interesting photos. During sunrise this is especially good to set up your camera. Don't head there for sunset, the sun will disappear behind the town's buildings!
The boardwalk is the path that runs from the visitor's center to the camel mountain all along the crater's edge. There are a few points where you can take the best photos: left from the official viewpoint, on the boardwalk itself when you play with perspectives (like the photo below) and the entrance to the national trail (right before the camel mountain). Here you can best play with the depth of the crater and usually it's not too crowded here!
The Camel Mountain
The Camel Mountain is the most famous spot in Mitzpe Ramon to watch the sunset, but it's not my favorite to be honest, since it is always super crowded - which makes it hard to take any good photos. Instead, it is much more fun to take photos with the mountain in your frame!
This photo was taken right at the other side of the mountain as where you climb up the mountain. P.S. don't forget to climb up and enjoy the beautiful views from the top!
Where to watch the sunrise and sunset
Watching the sun come up or go down above the crater is famous in Mitzpe Ramon, something you shouldn't miss when visiting the crater! The most beautiful is the sunrise in my opinion, the light is best and the views are unbeatable. To watch the sunrise, you can best be along the crater's edge, not inside the crater. The desert sculpture garden and entrance to the Israel National Trail are the best places to watch the sun come up. Especially when you walk down the path of the Israel National Trail a few meters you catch the sunrise perfectly! If you don't want to walk far and want to capture the gorgeous ibexes during sunrise, head over to the pathway between the visitor's center and the official view deck - they're there almost every morning.
To watch the sunset, most likely you'll be guided to the Camel Mountain. Of course the view from the top is lovely, but it is not the most photogenic place since it is very crowded up there! Instead I recommend you walk passed the mountain until you reach a view deck, from here you can take the best photos from the crater's edge. The photo on the right (my most successful Instagram photo until now!) was taken here. In front of me there was actually a fence, but I edited it out.
Another option is to be inside the crater, from there you can catch the sunset well from any place since you'll have a wide open view of the crater.
Inside the crater
Probably my favorite place to take photos in all of Israel is the Israel National Trail path that runs down from the crater's edge inside the crater from the boardwalk. It is easy to find when you walk from the boardwalk towards the Camel Mountain, halfway you'll see some desert sculptures where after there is a path that takes you down into the crater. It is a rocky path without any protection, so keep that in mind when you're taking photos there - safety should always come first! Along the way down, you can capture the depth of the crater perfectly and the best part is there's most likely no one around! Many of my most successful photos were taken there and I already can't wait to go back there and take some more photos.
Keep in mind that during the summer months, it is very hot and there's no shade, so I recommend you to go there around sunrise to avoid the heat and take plenty of water.
Below you can find some more photos from Mitzpe Ramon! What do you think of this desert moon landscape? Would you like to visit? Leave a comment and don't forget to tag @hertalesofvisuals in your photos when you upload your photos!