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The Negev


The Negev, encompassing Israel's southern region from Beersheva to Eilat, makes up more than 50% of the country's territory. Despite its sparse population due to its desert nature, the Negev treasures a rich history. Beersheva, the capital, is home to the house built by Abraham, while over the centuries, the desert has been home to diverse peoples, from nomads to Israelis, Canaanites, Philistines, Edomites, Byzantines, Nabataeans, and Ottomans.

The intriguing history of the Nabataeans stands out especially. Ancient lords of the desert, they traced the famous "Incense Route", a trade route now recognized by UNESCO (and which served as the inspiration for the novel "Dune"). Camel caravans made their way from Yemen to the port city of Gaza, leaving behind ruins that embellish the Negev, such as Avdat and Mamshit.

Along the Beersheva-Eilat route, attractions such as Kibbutz Sde Boker, founded by David Ben-Gurion, whose goal was to turn the desert into an orchard, a goal he has achieved, stand out. Here, you can visit Ben Gurion's retirement home, his tomb and that of his wife, all with spectacular views of the Zin River. Ein Avedat Park offers ancient springs and a picturesque hike with fabulous views. Further south, Kibbutz Yotvata is famous for its dairy products and dates.

​Although the Negev seems desolate most of the year, its natural variety is surprising. In winter, despite the scarce rainfall, the desert is filled with amazing flowers, such as the exquisite red anemones. Severe storms can cause flooding in waterways.

​This desert offers enchanting natural corners, historical sites, springs and agricultural vestiges ideal for exploring on foot, by bike or by ATV. Rappelling down steep cliffs is an exciting option. The Ramon Crater (Mitzpe Ramon), Timna National Park, and the opportunity to stay in a Bedouin camp are not to be missed.

El Neguev
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