Date of stay: February 2013
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
The little known city of Eilat is a great destination down in the south of Israel. The only reason I was bought here was to do a tour of Petra in Jordan (as I heard the Eilat boarder is the easiest boarder to cross).
Firstly, the drive down from Tel Aviv through the desert was spectacular. The perfect mix of blue sky and undulating sand dunes with the odd canyon was truly impressive and hard to drive through as you need to keep your eye on the road for stray camels! It’s all go, but great fun.
When I got to the city, I checked into a motel and had a walk around the waterfront with no expectations. I was blown away when the atmosphere of this beach city hit me. Situated on the northern tip of the Red Sea, the boardwalk was booming with markets and shops on both sides. There was a carnival atmosphere and it was great to experience that.
Eilat is perfectly situated to get to Jordan via the Wadi Araba boarder, and about 14km away on the western side is the Taba boarder where you can access Egypt. There’s a cycle way / path right the way through and a great run if you are keen on that!
The other thing Eilat is known for is its diving and snorkelling. The Red Sea is the most northern tropical Sea that coral naturally grows so this industry is very important for the area. I purchased some cheap snorkel gear (35 NIS, which is about £7 pounds) and I was free to roam the clear ocean floor. You can also hire goggles and snorkel and wetsuit if you would rather, but for that low price, you cant go wrong!
Overall, very impressed with the area and will come back again!
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating destination: 4.5 out of 5