You may have heard about this tiny strip of land on the Red Sea, Israel’s most southern city. It’s almost like an island, surrounded by sea and desert wilderness. Jordan and Egypt are both literally a few minutes walking distance from #Eilat. In the evening, from the bay, you can see lights flickering on the mountains in all three countries. Pretty cool! I think Eilat is underrated as a #travel destination and deserves more credit; so here are five reasons why you should definitely add Eilat to your travel list in 2019!
The Red Sea is divers’ and snorkelers’ paradise. If you’re into exploring the world under water, Eilat is a great destination for you; the coral reef of the Red Sea is considered one of the most beautiful in the world! I’m a diver myself and looove diving in the Red Sea. Just outside of the city, you can find a dozen of diving clubs where you can take lessons, rent equipment, etc. From basic to luxurious diving centers, you can find everything you need. My personal favorite spot is Coral Beach Nature Reserve; this beach is quiet and wild (zero facilities!), and the coral reef literally starts a meter from shore. With the mountains in the background this truly feels like paradise… Be aware though, the sea here is not fit for recreational swimmers; the coral burns and sea urchins sting!
Eilat has super cheap flights from all over Europe. Recently, Ryanair started flying to Ovda Airport from many European cities; the flights are almost for free – which is why we love Ryanair! If you prefer a bit more comfort on board, there are many other European charter flights, like Transavia and WizzAir.
Summer lasts about twelve months. In Eilat, the average winter temperate is 21 degrees. I’ve been there three times in the winter and really love the temperatures and chilled vibes! In the summer it is very hot in Eilat; Israelis love it but personally, I wouldn’t recommend going there in July-August. But then Eilat has an actual ice mall (yes, a mall with lots of ice), so you can always cool down there I guess. In the spring and fall temperatures are around 28-30 degrees; which is probably the best time to visit Eilat. But for me, coming from Holland, every season in Eilat feels like summer ;)
There are dolphins and camels. Do I need to say more? Packed your bags already? The Dolphin Reef is my absolute favorite spot #Israel; it’s such a serene place. It’s basically a beach with lagoon and there are dolphins in the lagoon. However, the dolphins are not tame and don’t do tricks to entertain us humans. We are seeing them in their natural habitat! You can go diving to see the dolphins (try it!), you don’t need any diving experience. If you wish to see them from above water; there is an amazing chillout lounge built above the water where you can spot them from your lounge area while drinking a cocktail. If you like cats and dogs you’ll like it even more; the Dolphin Reef has more animals walking around then you can count. Also, there is a very fun camel ranch in Eilat; you can’t be in the desert without seeing a camel, right?!
In the evening, from the bay, you can see lights flickering on the mountains in Israel, Jordan & Egypt
There are STUNNING #desert landscapes nearby for you to explore. I really mean STUNNING because the mountains around Eilat truly make you feel like you’re on Mars (or any other planet of your choosing). Did you know there are day trips to Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan from Eilat? All in the area! Also, there is #Timna Park, an out of this world national park with the worlds’ first copper mine and stunning scenery to see. If you want good pictures for Instagram, make sure to visit Timna. My personal favorite is the Red Canyon, a smaller national park about 20 minutes’ drive from Eilat located right next to the Egyptian border. From the trail you can see the Egyptian army bases, and no worries the border is very safe; as is the border with Jordan! The Red Canyon is a park without any amenities (I like to go off the beaten path) and truly is a great and relatively easy hike. Be careful though with going outdoors in the desert; the Israeli government recommends you to carry four liters of water each when hiking and try to avoid the hottest hours of the day.
Reason enough to plan your trip? Eilat is waiting for you ;)
I’m currently also working on a road trip blog of southern Israel, which includes Eilat. Stay tuned!