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Hiking and beaching on the Dead Sea


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The hiking trail from Kibbutz Avnat to the Einot Tsukim Nature Reserve is gorgeous in spring. Many herbs bloom in ravines along the path, and the entire desert is covered with an unusual green carpet. Kalia beach is well equipped and pleasant all the time of the year. After a hiking trail, natural mud on the seashore will be pretty relaxing.

Attention, before you go on any hiking trail in Israel check the route safety and weather conditions by the toll-free number + 972-2-623-3221 or check it in advance by moked24@mokedteva.co.il

Author & Co-authors
Daria Immerman (author)
Distance
33.04 km
Duration
3h 30 m
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47
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Avnat Einot Tzukim hiking trail, Dead Sea
Avnat Einot Tzukim hiking trail, Dead Sea

Near the kibbutz Avnat, archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement. It is one of the cities of Midian. The ruins date back to the Hasmonean and Herodian periods. Archaeologists have found an old pier for ships, but for security reasons, the site is fenced and inaccessible to travelers.

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Avnat Einot Tzukim hiking trail, Dead Sea
Avnat Einot Tzukim hiking trail, Dead Sea

The ascending trail is considered the first hiking trail recorded in Israel back in 1947. It's hard to believe, but once the Dead Sea level was quite high, and the water came close to the cliffs (no one could dream of a coastal road). The trail was marked to make it easier for travelers to find a cliff bypass and return to shore. However, the outbreak of the War of Independence interrupted the labeling operation.

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Avnat Einot Tzukim hiking trail, Dead Sea
Avnat Einot Tzukim hiking trail, Dead Sea

The trail passes under the scorching sun, and it is crucial to protect your head with a hat. In spring, many flowers bloom along the path. We meet quite a few annual plants, such as the pink mantle and colorful flax. After a rainy winter, you can achieve incredible blooming concentrations of chamomiles in shallow channels along the path.

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Einot Tzukim reserve at the end of Ovnat Trail
Uploaded by Daria Immerman

The trail descends to the Einot Tsukim Nature Reserve. Its blue ponds are visible at the foot of the mountain. The name Einot Tsukim means "Water sources of the rocks," is associated with freshwater sources located on a relatively narrow coastal strip at the foot of the rocky mountains of the Judean Desert. Situated between the hills of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, the reserve is the lowest in the world. The sounds of the murmur of water are heard In the park - these are springs with fresh water, they form streams and ponds.

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Kalia Beach, Dead Sea, Israel
Kalia Beach, Dead Sea, Israel

Kalia Beach, located on the north coast of the Dead Sea, is one of the oldest in the area. Pay attention to the admission fee.

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Kalia Beach, Dead Sea, Israel
Kalia Beach, Dead Sea, Israel

Near the beach, there is a bar and restaurant, a Dead Sea cosmetics and souvenir shop, and a parking lot.

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Kalia Beach, Dead Sea, Israel
Kalia Beach, Dead Sea, Israel

The beach is well equipped for a comfortable stay. There are toilets and showers with fresh water, locker rooms, plastic chairs and sunbeds, umbrellas and awnings that protect from the sun. On the beach, you can take advantage of therapeutic mud.

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