Introduction to Israels Negev region
The Negev desert accounts for most of Southern Israel and covers half of Israel’s total land area. This vast and arid region contains a surprising wealth of sights - historical, cultural and natural, and ideally should be included on the holiday itinerary of anyone wanting to experience the real Israel.
Nabateans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Canaanites and many more have inhabited the Negev throughout history, and the remnants of these societies are integral to the desert’s unique identity. In ancient times the famed Spice Road passed through the Negev; today tourists travel from afar to discover the region’s hidden gems.
One of the most dramatic and impressive sights in the Negev is the Ramon Crater. The largest of the three craters found in the Negev, the Ramon Crater is 40k long and was created millions of years ago by ancient rivers changing course after the formation of the Arava Rift Valley. Located in the Ramon Nature Reserve and surrounded by the Negev Mountains, Mitzpe Ramon is the only settlement in the area and is perched on the very edge of the crater. It’s here that the Beresheet Hotel, one of the most unique hotels in our programme, is located.
Location of the Negev region
Israels Negev region is located to the South. Mitzpe Ramon is located almost in the centre, approximately 130km from the Dead Sea, 190km from Tel Aviv and 150km from Eilat.
Climate in the Negev region
Being a desert area, the Negev experiences very little rainfall, and is characteristically hot during the day and cool at night. Winters tend to be cool, especially towards the North. The Southern area of the Negev remains temperate throughout the year.
Best Time to go
Summer is the time to visit the Negev if you want to do some sunbathing, but spring and autumn offer ideal conditions for sightseeing.
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