Where is the Dead Sea?
At 428 meters below sea level, and located at Israel’s border with Jordan, the Dead Sea is Earth’s lowest elevation on land, and is now officially one of the world’s seven wonders of nature.
in this article, we will expose you to the need-to-know highlights of the Dead Sea area before planning to travel there, and if you stick around until the end, you’ll get some great tips that will help you make better decisions and have a safe, and more enjoyable trip.
How long it takes to get there?
The transfer times from Ben-Gurion airport to the main hotels location in Ein-Bokek is 2 hours .if you plan on spending time in Tel Aviv first, it will take you up to 2 hours and 30 minutes, and if Jerusalem is your starting point, your transfer will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes.
When to travel?
The best time to travel to the Dead Sea is during the spring or autumn seasons, during summertime the temperature can reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius, leaving you very little time to comfortably enjoy the daytime in the Dead Sea and it’s beautiful surroundings, the highlight of a visit to the Dead Sea is the cobalt blue lake itself, whose waters have a salt concentration of 34%, around 10 times higher than the ocean, making it possible to float unaided in the water. diving into this water is advised against, and it is best not to shave right before you enter, or leave any scrapes uncovered. if you do, you’ll soon find out the true meaning of the phrase “putting salt on the wound”. the best place to take a dip is Ein Bokek beach, along with the Seas turquoise, viewed, southern basin recently has given a complete makeover, this wide public beach has lifeguards and offers a variety of free amenities, including shade shelters, changing booths, open-air showers, promenade, and nighttime lighting.
A little History
if you get tired of all the pampering, take the time to visit Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for those unwilling or unable to undergo physical exertion, a cable car operates from the Dead Seaside, and takes around three minutes. Masada is a fortress built into a mountain that stands as a symbol of heroism and defiance early records indicate that King Herod built it to protect himself from revolts or external threats, only to be taken over later by Jewish fundamentalists, known as the Sicari, in 72 AD the Romans mounted a massive siege of the Masada fort after building a whole mountain by muscle force and breaking into the fortress with a battering ram, they discovered that the 960 inhabitants had committed mass suicide.
once you’re at the top be sure to wander around the Jewish fortifications and soak up some ancient history, you will want to visit the massive northern Palace where the wall paintings have been restored, and provided an intriguing insight into daily life as well, as the culture prevalent under Herod’s rule.