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Eilat is the southernmost Israeli city, which stretches along a comfortable Red Sea bay. It borders Egypt and the city of Taba on one side, and the Jordanian resort Aqaba on the other. Even though Eilat is a bustling and tourist-beloved resort, it is home to only around 50,000 people.

This desert city is almost unbearably hot during summer, yet dry and pleasant during winter. Coral reef-filled sea, sandy beaches, night entertainment and deserts – these are the main tourist attractions of Eilat.

This territory has been inhabited since ancient times. Archaeological studies had revealed that people were building underground cemeteries near the city as early as 7,000 BCE. It is also home to the world’s oldest copper mines.

Eilat mountains
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Eilat mountains

The first mention of Eilat can already be found in the Old Testament. During Roman rule, there used to be a road connecting it to the spectacular Nabataean city of Petra (now Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction). Islamic sources often mention Eilat as a city full of Jews and Christians. In the past, Eilat was also part of the Muslim pilgrim road to Mecca.

After the establishment of Israel in 1948, the city immediately started building a harbour and developing the tourist industry. During the following 50 years, Israel settled its disagreements with neighbouring countries and opened up the borders with Egypt and Jordan. For this reason, tourists can now move between the many Red Sea resorts with relative ease.

Eilat at nigth
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Eilat at nigth

In 1985, Eilat became a free economic zone. Today, it’s a rapidly-developing city, with a high-speed railway between the harbour and Tel Aviv in the plans. The soon-to-be railway will make it even easier to reach the resorts, and could also speed up trade between the two cities. The local government is also crafting a consistent plan for developing the hotel, catering and neighbourhood infrastructure. The plan is to turn Eilat into a modern Israeli resort. There are even plans to move the harbour outside the city and connect it to science and innovation centres.

The Major Activities for Tourists:

Bird watching. Since Eilat is located on the migratory path from Europe to Africa, you can always see flocks of different birds here.

Coral reefs – even though endangered by ever-increasing pollution, they remain the business card of Eilat and Aqaba.

Tube Coral. shot in the Red Sea
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Tube Coral. shot in the Red Sea

The Coral World Underwater Observatory is located on the Coral Beach. Here, tourists can visit a museum and a number of aquariums, see sharks, turtles and other sea creatures.

The Dolphin Reef. Here, travellers can not only see, but also swim with dolphins.

A Dolphinarium in Eilat
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A Dolphinarium in Eilat

In the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve, visitors can get acquainted with the region’s endangered animal species.

Eilat also has an observatory, an amusement park, an ice and snow park, sky-diving services and 3D cinemas. Those who are after less intense activities can go riding camels in the desert or take walks round the city’s promenade and along the yacht pier.

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