The lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is an impressive 430.5 metres below sea level. The sea is rich in salt and minerals, which are thought to pamper the skin and invigorate the soul. At the very least, you’ll get to experience the weightless, floating sensation that makes the Dead Sea so famous.
Things to Do
Soak up the Dead Sea’s mineral rich waters at one of the popular public beaches, or pamper yourself at a luxury day spa. Most overnight travellers stay in the resort district of Ein Bokek. It houses a strip of high-end hotels, as well as an excellent selection of shops, spas and restaurants.
For nature lovers, a visit to the enchanting Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is a must. Year-round springs feed lush vegetation, which has earned Ein Gedi a reputation as a real-life Garden of Eden.
If you’re a history buff, don’t miss a trip to UNESCO listed Masada. An ancient fortress, Masada was built in 30 BC by King Herod and still stands as a symbol of determination and heroism. Hike to the top of Masada for sunrise views, or take an easy journey up on the cable car.
Feeling adventurous? Pack your hiking boots and hit one of the Dead Sea hiking trails. Trek to waterfalls in Ein Gedi, take on the Nahal David loop and explore the scenic canyon trails along the Judean Desert.
Just a 90-minute drive from Jerusalem, Ein Bokek is an easy day trip. Ein Gedi is slightly closer, with the drive taking around one hour. Rent a car, take the local bus, or sign up for a guided tour that ticks off both the Dead Sea and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve in one day.