The Negev’s hidden oasis

Though among the lesser-known of Israel’s many tourist destinations, Eilat is something of an aquatic paradise, writes Nicola Cooke

2nd April, 2011

While the Israeli capital Jerusalem has long been a popular destination for pilgrims, and Tel Aviv enjoys a reputation as a cosmopolitan city with great nightlife, Eilat, which overlooks the Red Sea on Israel’s southern tip, is still relatively low-profile.

Lying at the foot of the dusty red-brown Edom Mountains, and bordering Egypt and Jordan, Eilat is part of the southern Negev Desert, and has the climate to match - the sun shines...

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