The Dead Sea Lowest Place On The Earth!
The Dead Sea is a natural water body placed between Israel and Jordan at nearly 1,400 ft. below the sea level, making it “The Lowest Place on Earth”. It is also the deepest hypersaline lake in the world with salt crystals often visible on the surface. The most unique feature of the Dead Sea is that one can float naturally in the sea.
The Dead Sea, officially the World’s largest natural spa is a beguiling concoction of natural grandeur, ancient history, and extravagance.
With splendid natural beauty, astounding therapeutic properties of the Dead Sea’s cobalt blue waters, soothing rich mineral spas, and a myriad of other benefits, it’s no wonder that the Dead Sea is one of the most prominent destinations for tourists visiting Israel.
The Dead Sea area is filled with a range of mind-blowing attractions including magnificent hiking trails, spectacular beaches, healing spas, gourmet and fast food restaurants as well as adrenaline charged attractions. Taking a bath in the salty Dead Sea is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Why it is known as The Dead Sea……?
The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest point on the earth’s surface and the extra saline water doesn’t support marine life. However, the salty water of the Dead Sea has significant medicinal and healing properties.
About The Dead Sea:
The Dead Sea is a part of the long border between Israel and Jordan where the towering mountains can be easily spotted from the Israeli side, part of the Judean and Negev deserts. This popular place is just a short drive away from Jerusalem (39 km, 24 miles) or Tel Aviv (98 km, 61 miles).
Top 5 Things To Do In The Dead Sea Region:
Renowned for its unique experiences, the Dead Sea deserves a place in the bucket lists of all people travelling to Israel. From beaches to the adventure activities, there is no dearth to the amount of fun you can have there.
Do It Yourself – Mud Baths
A perfect way to get a natural spa at no cost. Just grab some mud and smear it on all over your body. Once you rinse it off from your body, your skin will become smoother and suppler.
Float in the Dead Sea
Floating in the Dead Sea is an absolute must and a once in a lifetime experience. The excessively saline water helps stay afloat without having to swim. So, just lay back, relax, and enjoy this unique yet stress-relieving phenomenon.
Abseiling, skydiving, canyoning or rappelling adventures among the cliffs, salty caves and, rivers of the Dead Sea region will take your adrenaline drive to another level and bring you closer to nature.
Fantasy Island – 7D Cinema Experience!
To get an experience straight from the movies, do not forget to visit “Fantasy Island”. Here you can experience a thrilling 7D movie theatre full of cutting-edge technology and special effects – wind, water, smoke tickling the legs and much more. In addition, you can also check out – Fear Factory for a fun-filled experience at the Dead Sea.
The International Arad – Dead Sea Gran Fondo
The Largest Road Cycling Competition in Israel, The Gran Fondo (An Italian tradition which translates as “the Big Ride”) is a challenging one-day cycling event which takes place at the Dead Sea region. This highly thrilling 155 km race takes place through closed and secure roads. It is a true celebration for roadies worldwide.
Main Attractions of The Dead Sea Region:
Home to some of the world’s most beautiful and unique tourist attractions, The Dead Sea is an inexplicable natural wonder where one can float without swimming and certainly a must-see place. This place will surprise you in more ways than one. So, make sure to put this in your itinerary whenever you plan a trip to Israel.
1. The Magical Beaches & Natural Spas of the Dead Sea:
Undeniably, the beaches of the Dead Sea like nothing else in the world because of their immense beauty and surroundings. There is a surfeit of well-maintained and stunningly developed spots where you can soak up the sun while enjoying your holiday. The warm waters of the Dead Sea are always quiet and offer the desired relaxation from the minute you get a dip in.
Many of the beaches along the Dead Sea that belong to the hotels which are categorically free for hotel guests whereas non-hotel residents may have to pay a rent/fee. Additionally, there are also private resorts and other pay-to-enter beaches that offer absolute tranquillity and relaxation.
The cliff-top fortress of Masada, overlooking the rocky scenery of the Dead Sea region is home to astounding vistas and some fascinating history. Built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, this world-famous site tells a historical tale of valour and sacrifice, of the great power of faith to unite, and of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of misfortunes.
Located against the glorious background of the desert to the west and the Dead Sea to the east, Masada is 450 meters high and the best way to reach here is through the “Snake Trail” or through a cable car that runs from the tourist centre to the top of Masada.
Declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2001, a visit to Masada will surely leave a lasting impression in your mind.
3. Mount Sodom & Lot’s Wife
Mount Sodom is perched on the south-west side of the Dead Sea region. It is actually a series of mountains, 11 km long that is made of salt and other minerals.
The mountain is linked with a few Biblical stories (in the Old Testament). It is etched that this sinful city was burned to the ground and only the majestic mountain was left to watch over. A significant monument which can be found on the Mount Sodom is actually the statue of Lot’s wife who, as the story goes, while allowed by God to flee the mountains and never look back. Alas, Lot’s wife couldn’t resist the temptation and once she turned her head, she had turned into a salt pillar.
The rock-salt mountain is easily accessible by hiking an old Dead Sea Works path or one can also go by jeep/bike tour to explore the beauty of this wonderful mountain.
4. The Christian Monasteries
Positioned in the lap of the majestic mountains, the Christian Monasteries is a must-visit. The Judean desert surrounding the Dead Sea became a preferred location for monks in the 4th century and the remarkable monasteries still stand tall, with a few of them still in use. While in the area, do visit the St. George Monastery and Qasr el Yahud which is the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
5. Ein Gedi
A trip to the Dead Sea would only be half-finished without visiting Ein Gedi. This mesmeric oasis features botanical gardens, history, archaeology, enchanting tourist attractions, and a natural spa.
Situated on the shores of the Dead Sea, this grand anchorage in the desert is undoubtedly one of the most eye-pleasing spots in Israel. One of its major highlights is “Ein Gedi Spa”, commonly recognized as the hub of nature’s health spa. Tourists visit this place to experience the natural hot springs, mineral waters, and the Dead Sea mud baths which are beneficially comforting.