Eilat Attractions

With so much to do in Eilat, where do we begin! One of the most unique Eilat attractions is the Dolphin Reef and the Underwater Observatory. Explore the wondrous outdoors while following winding walking trails in Timna park or the surroundings, as well as some mythical points of interest. Here's a variety of attractions in Eilat and things not to be missed in Israel's favorite holiday resort. You can filter by desired category and find attractions for children, winter attractions, points of interest on the way to Eilat, major shopping centers and more.

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Attractions for Children in Eilat – for a Perfect Family Summer

Eilat constitutes an attractive focus for couples, young people, students, etc., but it is and always was mainly one of the most suitable cities for a family vacation in Israel. Most of the attractions in Eilat are suitable for the entire family, as well as the hotel rooms and most of the shops. So what can you do with children in Eilat during the summer? Here are some attractions for children in Eilat that we particularly like!

 

Parasailing over the Sea in Eilat

You must have already visited the beaches in Eilat, but have you ever viewed the beach from above? In Eilat you can find leading parasailing companies, who offer to the general public, in addition to enjoyable water activities, an adventurous floating experience by parasail over the city’s gorgeous beaches and the Red Sea. This is a completely safe activity and the instructors are talented and skilled. It is recommended for everyone to try this adventure – both for parents and for adolescent children. It is recommend that even those who are afraid of heights try this adventure once in their lives.

 

Jeep Tours

The Eilat hills are considered to be one of the most beautiful areas in Israel, with unique landscape shapes, changing colors of the sands and beauty spots that are hidden from view. One can always go on trips by foot in the area, but for those families among us that love “extreme”, you can find local companies that will offer you jeep tours in Eilat that are suitable for the whole family. The trips usually include a driver, so that you will be able to relax and enjoy the road, the landscapes and the wind. If you are looking for attractions for relatively small children, you should check in advance what the minimum age is for these tours. Then, chose your preferred route and get moving.

 

The Rope Park at the Camel Farm in Eilat

If we are already talking about extreme adventures among the attractions for children in Eilat, you should get acquainted with the largest rope park of its type in Israel, located at the Camel Farm in Eilat. There are a number of paths in the park designated by color, with the green path being the most suitable for families (and for children taller than 1.20 meters / 4 ft.). It is important to note that you can even visit the park at night and turn this experience into one that is even more enjoyable and challenging. A large investment has been made in the park’s facilities and participants are required to wear suitable clothing, plus a helmet, etc., according the park’s instructions.

 

The Shark Pool

The underwater observatory is probably one of the best known features of Eilat, but not everyone is acquainted with the Shark Pool, which is suitable for all ages, even for the smallest members of the family. This is a tunnel, through which you can view sharks swimming around and above you. If you have been looking for an activity for children in a covered space, the underwater observatory, and especially the shark pool, can be particularly suitable. This is an excellent opportunity to spend time with the children in an air-conditioned space (have you experienced summer in Eilat?). Tell them about the ocean predators and enjoy watching the big sharks that you usually can only see in movies or pictures.

 

These were just a few of the children’s activities in Eilat, but of course there are many more varied attractions for children in Eilat: the malls, the shows, the children’s activities at the hotels and more. Don’t forget to ask which attractions are available in Eilat in the summer before you get to your hotel and especially during the time of your vacation, and thus enjoy every minute of your stay. Have a pleasant vacation.

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Free Attractions in Eilat

For many families, a vacation in Eilat (actually any vacation) includes never-ending expenses. However, it is important that you know that even in Eilat, in addition to all the enjoyable attractions there are (for payment), there are also some free attractions in Eilat that are suitable for both children and adults.

 

The Northern Eilat Promenade

The list of free attractions in Eilat must start with the Northern Promenade, which is considered to be one of the most popular and well known places in Eilat. In addition to an enjoyable walk along the beach, you can find there a market of booths, restaurants and a variety of places to sit down and rest. If you have a free evening with your partner or your children, this is the place to go to and soak up the peaceful holiday atmosphere, even if you hadn’t planned on buying anything or eating there. The promenade is relatively close to many of the Eilat hotels, so it is possible that it is close to your hotel and you will be able to visit there every day.

 

Gan Binyamin Park and the Musical Fountain

The Gan Binyamin Park is a central park in Eilat, where among other things can be found the Musical Fountain. The park is, of course, suitable for children with a variety of playground facilities for their enjoyment. The Musical Fountain is a real attraction – a splendid show of music and water, which excites both children and their parents. If you chose Eilat as a location for your romantic getaway, then this is the perfect spot for spending a quiet and romantic evening, at no expense. You will be able to enjoy the Musical Fountain or just sit and chat with your partner at leisure.

 

Free Ice Skating Shows at the Ice-Mall

You surely have already read about the recommended Eilat Ice-Mall, which actually is a unique entertainment compound, at the center of which is an ice-rink. However, in addition to the shops, booths and children’s park, you will be able to enjoy ice-skating shows at set times during the warm summer evenings. The dates of the shows are subject to change without notice and therefore it is recommended to check the times before going there. In addition the Ice-Mall offers many activities for children in the compound, at a price for every pocket. It is not free, but if you are already there, it is worthwhile visiting.

 

The Eilat Birdwatching Park

Just outside of the city, there is a unique attraction that is worthwhile driving 40 minutes to from the Eilat hotel district. The International Birdwatching Park in Eilat is a unique and fascinating attraction, especially in the spring or during the height of the migration period, when you can see thousands of birds on their way to Africa. This area is an important stopping place of these birds, and you can watch them from the special blinds and take a rest next to a lovely lake and lush vegetation. Entrance is, of course, free of charge, it is possible and recommended to rent binoculars there, and watch the flight of the birds from close up.

 

And of Course, Eilat’s Magical Beaches

Eilat’s beaches are among the most beautiful in Israel, with a unique atmosphere, warm sun and pleasant sands, exactly how we all would like it. The sea, of course, belongs to everyone and therefore you can find in the city amazing beaches for a pleasant visit of a few hours with the whole family, at no expense.

There are a good number of free attractions in Eilat, and these are only a few of them. During your yearly vacation, you will be able to enjoy a large number of special Eilat adventures, without breaking the bank.

 

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Winter Activities For Kids In Eilat

Eilat is one of Israel’s most well-known cities because of its sunny climate most of the year, its inviting beaches, and more. But Eilat also offers a great range of activities for kids even when swimming season is over. Before you finalize your Eilat booking, let’s introduce you to Eilat’s winter activities for kids.

Winter attractions for children in Eilat

The Israeli winter has never stopped Israelis from going on vacation locally, and filling their holiday with activities that are outside the warm environs of their hotel. Unlike Europe, for example, Israel’s winter tends to be a lot milder, and Eilat’s is the warmest of anywhere in Israel. Eilat, Israel’s tourist drawing city, has only a few days of rain a year, and winter will be pleasant, with a noticeably warmer temperature than the rest of the country. This lets visitors to Eilat enjoy a wide range of attractions without needing to worry about harsh weather, with a warm jacket being enough for when the day is a bit cooler.

So, what can Eilat offer you in winter?

 

Top 94 Park

The city’s northern entrance is the location of a relatively new extreme park. Top 24 holds several great extreme installations such as the bow and arrow range, paintball, “tree climbing” to heights of about 23 meters, and more. Some park areas are roofed so that kids can enjoy them all the way through winter.

Underwater Observatory

Established in 1974, this is one of Eilat’s renowned attractions, summer or winter. The site offers some amazing activities, including a lookout into the shark tank, a simulator clip, lookouts over the corals and fish feeding… and it’s all under cover which means you won't have to worry about the rain (which rarely falls!)

 

Eilat Year-round Dolphin Reef

This is always among the top three attractions for kids in Eilat, summer or winter, because there’s nothing like romping with these amazingly intelligent and gentle creatures which show such closeness to humans. Enjoy the observation point, or games outside the water if it’s too cold to get in.

 

Eilat Botanical Gardens

A kind of refreshing desert oasis of stunning beauty, this site is in the city’s northern region. Eilat’s botanical gardens let you stroll with the kids, stop at the many attractive points along the pathways, and even enjoy a rainforest (yes! you read that right!) which is a worldwide first, including a diversity of tropical plants never seen before in Israel. This is a great place for an educational experiential outing that lets visitors enjoy a unique view to the city and the Mountains of Edom.

 

Stalbet al-Hamayim Hot Sulfur Springs

It used to be that Tiberias was the only place where hot sulfur springs were found. Until they also showed up in Eilat!  Stalbet al Hamayim, which literally means “relaxing waters,” is in the Dolphin Reef. The hot pools are surrounded by the botanical gardens. Relaxing music emanates from underwater speakers. Less suited to very young children, the hot pools are a great experience for families with older children.

 

Daniland

A club, and a unique attraction for Dan Hotel guests. This is a great option for winter holidays spent resting in Eilat’s hotels. Club activities are diversified and include competitions, games, reading corners, crafts, and even inflated play and amusement installations of the kinds Dan Panorama Eilat frequently sets up in Eilat. The Dan hotels also hold quality entertainment events and performances which can easily fill a day or two inside the hotel.

 

These are just some of the great reasons to spend a winter holiday with your children in Eilat. You'll also get to enjoy great prices, deals, and the city’s restful winter atmosphere. So pack your bags and head on south for a sunny winter holiday.

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Heading south to Eilat? Activities for kids along the way

There isn't a kid in Israel who hasn’t heard of the activities they can enjoy in Eilat, but the trip down could also be a challenge if you're driving with kids. So if you're weighing the option of flying or driving, take a look at this list of fun things to do along the way that’ll make the journey a great family experience!

 

Arava nature and desert aromas

The past few years have seen an abundance of initiatives taking shape in the Arava, based around agriculture and ecology in the region. One is Elat Arava, a visitors’ center in Tzukim which holds experiential family workshops suited to children aged 4 and up, where you make your own soap, mobiles, and more. The site is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Join a workshop by booking in advance.

Another activity is Aloevera House, also known as JustAloe, in Ein Yahav, where you'll find a shop for aloe vera products. The aloe vera is harvested from a local grove which is unique in the Mediterranean. You can book a free tour and enjoy experiential input about Arava pioneering history, the agricultural developments in the region, and uniquely local research. Ein Yahav’s aloevera store is just a 90 minute drive from the Eilat hotels region, which even makes it an easy half day trip out of Eilat itself.

 

Ramon Crater Visitors’ Center

One of the exciting places to stop on your way to Eilat is Israel’s renowned Ramon Crater, recommended for its breathtaking beauty. The stunning observation spot faces this vast crater. Nearby you can also enjoy the desert zoological garden called “Hai Ramon.” It’s a relaxing moment before you get to Eilat proper. The renewed visitors’ center, named for the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, presents wonders of the region, and the crater’s unique geology alongside an exhibition about Ilan Ramon, a model spaceship, his original space suit, a moving video commemorating Ilan Ramon, and more. The center opens from 8 am, and tours require advance booking.

 

Hey, south we go, to Ein Ovdat

Stop on Road 40 at the Ovdat National Reserve, with amazing archeological remains of the ancient Nabatean civilization on what’s known as The Incense Route. A visitors’ center offers a brief film on the region’s fascinating history, then visit the region itself and make your own impressions of the ancient inhabitants’ rich cultural life and structures. The site is open year round from 8 am, with a token entrance fee. Experiential activities are held for children, with crafts, tasks and prizes. Check in advance.

 

Are we there yet? Almost… but first let’s stop at Top 94 Park

This is a huge, invested and air condition meditation challenge site suited to all family members, with a variety of climbing walls for different wall climbing levels, go-cart tracks, rope park, paintball and more. Right nearby is the Negev Fighters Musuem with displays of historical weapons and testimonies on the battles fought in the Negev, from the First World War to the Ovda Operation. Top 94 is in the Shehoret Industrial Zone just 3 km north of Eilat.

 

And one more activity, right in Eilat

Now that the children have had a great time on their way to Eilat, and right before you dive into the city itself, figuratively and literally, we recommend one more thing that you won't even need to leave your hotel for: the Dan Eilat Hotel Daniland Club. It’s unique to Dan Hotel guests, with a variety of activities produced by a special team. Enjoy computer games, inflatable playtime installations, movies, info and reading spots, experiential competitions, workshops and more! Our club is open 10.30 am to 1 pm and again from 3 pm to 6 pm. The perfect entertainment for your children!

 

Drive to Eilat and start your vacation on the way!

Remember, driving to Eilat doesn’t have to be tiring, or tiresome. Just choose your stopovers and activities, and start your holiday activities on your way to your holiday location!

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Discover Eilat’s Nightlife: A variety of recommended bars and clubs

Don’t be overwhelmed by the numbers of families and children that are visiting many of the attractions in Eilat.

The city is also a focus for tempestuous and adventurous nightlife that includes not a few special bars – which are not less attractive than those of Tel Aviv.

Forgive us in advance that we didn’t manage to list all of them, so here are recommendations for some of the bars that will help you to get closely acquainted with Eilat’s nightlife:

 

The educated: HaAkademia

The HaAkademia bar is during daytime hours a school for barmen and alcohol culture.

But at night, how shall we say ? … The place puts into practice what it teaches.

The place has achieved a reputation as a high quality bar, that in addition to music and huge plasma screens showing concerts and clips – it also has a wide variety of alcohol for lovers of the various types and genres. You can also get snacks in addition to your drinks, for those that like them.

It is important to note that despite its success, the bar manages to preserve a warm, family atmosphere, and perhaps this is the source of its magic. HaAkademia Bar is located at 1 Yotam Street in Eilat.

 

The Insane: The Crazy Elephant

In the case of the Crazy Elephant – size DOES count. This a huge, relatively new club in Eilat.

It has a gigantic dance floor, a number of bars and special VIP rooms.

More often than not, DJ’s of the first order and leading artists in this field visit the Crazy Elephant.

This insane club, located at 5 HaMasger Street in Eilat, can hold more than 1,000 revelers and offers a genuine European clubbing experience.

There are regular lines of Israeli music and Hip-Hop, and it is recommended to come on the weekend, when it seems that all of Eilat is “In the House”.

 

The Neighborhood: Messi BAR

Messi BAR is a small, neighborhood place, meant mainly for lovers of various types of rock.

The bar specializes in special types of beer, in addition to other types of alcohol.

The place manages to stay relatively intimate and can be a perfect location for friends that are not interested in places that are too crowded. Despite this, like all the other bars in Eilat, it too is sometime more crowded than usual.

 

Mythological: The Three Monkeys Pub

The Three Monkeys Pub is one of the oldest bars in Eilat, and without a doubt, one of the best loved in town.

The bar is known for its spacious dance floor, a generous menu and of course, the variety of alcohol served there.

The bar is also known for the live performances that take place there, and the cheerful atmosphere which is kept going by the music chose by the owners, great service and activities such as broadcasts of sports events in season, etc.

The bar is located at 23 Derech Pa'amei HaShalom, Eilat on the promenade, and is suitable for a family outing (with non-alcoholic beverages for the youngsters in the gang).

 

This is only the tip of the iceberg: there a many, many bars and excellent clubs that drive Eilat’s nightlife.

Everyone can find their ideal place, according to their personal preferences, type of music and favorite atmosphere.

Whether you are on a semester break or are looking for an unforgettable summer in Eilat, collect some of your friends and come to have fun and find entertainment from the nightlife and everything that the city has to offer.

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What to buy in Eilat

Eilat, making a buzz as the city with no VAT (Value Added Tax).  What’s worth buying? What kinds of savings can you enjoy, especially when sales are on? Are all products worth buying here?

Use these tips for smart Eilat shopping.

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Firstly, which products are VAT exempt?

Many people don’t seem to realize that not all products purchased in Eilat are VAT exempt. The law lists items sold in Eilat which must carry VAT, such as jewelry or watches valued at higher than $200, vehicles (including motorbikes and jet skis in certain cases), TVs, and tobacco and cigarette products. But this doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream of a shopping spree in Eilat. Check out Eilat’s shops because there’s a good chance that even though you may have to add VAT, the item you're after will still be cheaper here than in central Israel, for example.

 

Electrical and electronic goods

Many people have switched to buying electronic goods through the internet without ever entering a store. On the other hand, many of Eilat’s stores offer such items at great prices, sometimes lower than you'll find on the internet, giving you excellent savings if you're willing to go into the city and pick the items up yourself.

Our tip: do that kind of shopping when you’ve set aside time for it and not at the last second when you're almost on your way home. The price differences, including the VAT exemption, make purchases of electronic goods in Eilat, especially for generally costly items, really worthwhile.

 

Clothing

As a result of the VAT exemption in Eilat on clothing, most visitors take maximum advantage of the saving and shop for winter and summer apparel irrelevant of their vacation’s season. We warmly recommend checking the stores and stocking up for the whole year, which comes out to great savings. Large chain stores often have great sales, and minus the VAT, you really get to enjoy fantastic prices. You might also find great prices on the smaller private stores but take into account that they aren't obligated to match chain store prices. Get yourself a new wardrobe, head to foot!

 

Baby gear

Not everyone realizes that Eilat is a place where you can make big savings on baby gear and brands because of the VAT exemption. This includes carriages and strollers, carriers, chairs and more. Just check in advance with the store if the items you want are in stock because quality carriages, bouncers, car seats and more get snapped up fast!

 

... and it’s also important to know where to do your shopping in Eilat!

Here’s a list of the really worthwhile shopping centers to visit:

Big Eilat with 10,000 square meters of fun and fabulous shopping. You'll find familiar chains and other stores. Easy parking options.

The New Ice Mall has an ice rink in the center, and the upper floors offers shops, entertainment for all ages, restaurants, and all kinds of activities.

Red is right on the waterfront and really close to Eilat’s hotels. It’s got a great variety of fashion stores, leisure activities, stores for children’s goods, and more. Well cared for and invested, it’s a really pleasant place to spend some time.

 

And what can you do when the shopping spree is all done?

Come back home to your Dan Hotel room and rest up with Dan Eilat or Dan Panorama services. Book your holiday now and enjoy great rooms, meals and highest hosting standards in the city. Once your shopping spree is done, enjoy all the ways Dan Hotels can pamper you best.

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Clothing In Eilat

Have you made your booking for Eilat and started dreaming about shopping? Here’s some information about shops and malls you won't want to miss, and tips to help you decide where and when to buy clothes in Eilat and update your wardrobe!

 

How does a zero VAT outlet sound?

Before you head off to apparel stores without VAT in Eilat, it’s worth stopping at a place like B.G. Outlet. The store is huge, modern and unique, offering outlet items from leading Israeli and international brands such as Lee Cooper, Timberland, Nine West and many more! The store’s located not far from the Laguna, in Ofira Park, and open Sundays to Thursdays and Saturday nights (in winter too!). By the way, the store’s really close to some of Eilat’s great hotels, such as Dan Panorama. In the city you'll find other outlet stores worth stopping at, such as Golf & Co., or Adidas.

 

Designer stores and boutiques for women

There’s also a great variety of boutiques offering items in different areas of fashion, from designer clothing to classy accessories at very affordable prices. You'll find some of these boutiques right near the Dan Hotel along the promenade, including Maya Negri, Ronen Chen and others. If designer clothing is your thing, you’ll love these stores. And here’s a tip from Eilat locals: the King Solomon promenade has designer galleries with items at better prices than you'll find in the city center or northern city area.

 

A must-see: Ice Mall

The ice park has everything, not just when it comes to shopping. At its center you'll find the ice skating rink, floors devoted to all kinds of shops, and even an artists’ market. You'll find brands and food stalls, cafés and more. If the kids want a break, take them to the huge games hall on the upper level, or to the mini playground on the lower level. There’s never a lack of what to do at the Ice Mall. We recommend this shopping center which lets you enjoy one store after another, all with no VAT.

 

Mall Hayam Eilat

A great place for clothes shopping, Eilat’s much loved Mall Hayam is one of the oldest and most profitable malls in Israel, and for good reason. When it comes to shopping, you'll find a great array, from cosmetics to jewelry, sports goods to shoes, casual and classy clothing, at great prices. Enjoy the special Eilat atmosphere associated with this mall.

 

When’s the best time for clothes shopping in Eilat?

Eilat runs sales at the same time that the rest of the country does. But here’s a tip: we recommend coming in fall and even in winter, when you'll enjoy end of season prices from summer items, get the latest in new winter gear, and enjoy a pleasant and less crowded shopping experience. We always recommend comparing prices, especially if your Eilat visit focuses on shopping. A final tip: clothes stores which aren't part of a chain aren't obligated to offer cheaper prices, but many have agreed to maintain a range that keeps the prices of their items accessible. Definitely worth spending some time checking out all your options.

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Nautical Attractions in Eilat – Recommended Diving Sites

Looking for attractions in Eilat? If you ever thought about diving sites in Eilat, you’ve come to the right place. In the following paragraphs, we will focus on three spectacular diving sites in Eilat.

 

The Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens are a treasure, located in the southern part of the Almog Beach Reserve. This is the largest and best preserved diving site in Eilat, as it contains an impressive line of coral reefs which are a sample of the natural maritime environment of the city of Eilat. To our great joy, this area has not been significantly damaged by destructive processes that have affected other reefs. There are those that say that the shallow part of the reef is slightly reminiscent of Japanese gardens. Other than that, there is no real connection between Japanese gardening and the reef, which is spectacular in its own right. The site is located in an area that is perfect for diving on almost every day of the year. It is recommended to visit the site in the morning hours and up to early noon, in order to enjoy both enough light and multicolored fish. It is important to get updates on the site’s diving instruction, that are published by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

 

The Mosquito

The Mosquito is one of the special diving sites in Eilat. This site is unique and half-artificial, that includes a small patrol boat that was sunk there on purpose in 1986. Around the boat, underwater life has developed as only the sea knows how to do, and therefore today you can dive around the boat and enjoy the fish, corals and all the water’s treasures. In order to reach the site, it is recommend to have the assistance of a certified diving instructor and take the long way, that includes a relatively long, steep, but safer descent concerning the depth of the water. In general, you should never disregard safety – when visiting the dive sites in Eilat, don’t depend on too little experience, dive only with a certified instructor or in organized groups according to the instructions. The Mosquito is not a huge boat, but it does contain closed-off areas that one should not go into, even if they look like they are easy to get out of.

 

Wadi HaDekel Beach

This is one of the most recommended dive sites, recommend especially for both beginners and professionals (if you are an advanced diver, you probably know the site already). This is an underwater wadi (gulch) located between two rocky drops, on which spectacular coral reefs have developed, but there are also pieces of junk that remain there, which over the years have been turned into homes by the fish. Unfortunately, there are also abandoned fish cages there, which people used illegally in the past. The wadi wanders around to various depths of up to 40 meters, therefore pay attention to where you are diving and how deep you intend to descend. Many people have describe the place as a “Garden of Eden” of fish and sea creatures.

 

In conclusion, it is important to once again remind you of the importance of safety. Remember that diving in Eilat is a question of skill, especially when descending to the natural depths of many of the coral reefs on Eilat’s shores. Do yourselves a favor and choose a certified diving instructor or diving school, even if you have some diving experience. Only by diving safely will you be able to really enjoy the dive, the coral reefs, the fish and the spectacular underwater landscapes.

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Recommended trips in Eilat: on foot, by bicycle and in 4x4 SUVs

Do you want to feel the outdoors? There are many enjoyable trips and routes to see Eilat’s desert views and landscapes. So, without further ado, here are some interesting suggestions for excursions on foot, bicycle tours and jeep outings in Eilat and the surrounding area.

 

Excursion on foot

 

 
One of the perfect excursions in Eilat is a trip to the Holland Forest. The Holland Forest is a forest planted by Keren Kayemet LeIsrael, located in the gullies between Eilat and Kibbutz Eilot. The area is very barren, and therefore the existence of the trees there is due only to artificial irrigation (as opposed to other Keren Kayemet forests in Israel). The forest is close to the city of Eilat, next to Sheshet HaYamim boulevard (on the northern side). The site is next to the Big Center, from where it is possible to start the route. For those arriving by car, you can go to the traffic circle at the entrance to the city, turn onto Sheshet HaYamim boulevard and continue for about half a kilometer until the signs pointing to the park. In the forest, there is a pathway marked in green, about 2 kms in length. Along the path, there are signs explaining about the trees that were planted there. You can continue on, either from the start or the end of the path, to the Alik birdwatching site, from where you can look out over the city at leisure, and also over Aqaba.

 

Bicycle tour

Trips in Eilat can definitely include bicycle tours in Eilat and its surroundings, including a bicycle tour around the Timna Park. On one hand, this is a park that is located some 25 kms from Eilat, but for biking fans, it is recommended to stop there before arriving in Eilat or on the way home. KK”L (Keren Kayemet LeIsrael) has prepared 14kms of bicycle paths there, of various degrees of difficulty. There are also routes that are suitable for families and if you don’t have a bike, you can rent one on the spot. The best-know route in the park is the “Single Timna”. The meaning of the name comes from the fact that in many places along the route, there is only room on the path for one rider at a time. The whole route is 14kms along, at a level of medium difficulty. The route starts and ends at the Timna Lake and among other things, goes past the impressive Amram Pillars. The entrance to Park Timna requires payment. Additional details are available at the Park Timna website.

 

Jeep outings

The Eilat Mountains offer many routes for jeep outings, among which is the charming tour at Evrona (a nature reserve). The route starts from the eastern side of the Arava Highway, and you can plan ahead to go to Ein Evrona. From there, you continue on for some 3kms on the road marked in black, until you see the extraordinary Doum Palm trees in the reserve. Thereafter, you can start according to the red markings (in a south-western direction). You can stop from time to time when you see something special, like flamingos in the reserve’s pools in the winter. After reaching the greenhouse area, you can continue back to Highway 90, or alternatively, turn north and reach the Evrona Farm and the remains of the wells. It is recommended to have a map of trips from KK”L, where routes and excursions are marked (no. 20 for the Eilat area). In any event, if you are not sure that you can manage on your own, you can always find a tour company that offers jeep tours in Eilat, where you can also drive by yourself.

 

In addition to the routes that are presented here, there are many other routes in Eilat that are also suitable for families with children. It is highly recommended to include at least one route during your vacation, in order to absorb the beautiful desert scenery of the Eilat region. Don’t worry, the pampering room and the strong air-conditioner are waiting for you back at your hotel at the end of the day.

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Recommended Restaurants in Eilat

If you want to add some variety to your stay, and eat outside of the hotel, there are not a few recommended restaurants in Eilat that offer an excellent culinary experience. There are restaurants that are particularly suitable for families and children, and there those which are perfect for a romantic couple’s experience. We have listed here three restaurants that we particularly love. Bon Appétit!

 

Olla Eilat – Precise and Varied

So what’s so special about Olla? Forget about deliberating and arguing about where to eat. Olla offers you everything. Are there vegans in the family? Olla Eilat offers more than a few highly recommended vegan dishes, as well as types of spaghetti, pizza without cheese (with lots of vegetables), stuffed mushrooms and even several types of desserts. Carnivores? The restaurant’s grill menu includes all the dishes you can think of. There is even a sushi menu for lovers of Asian dishes. The international kitchen and wide variety available at the restaurant don’t detract even slightly from the quality and superb taste of its amazingly exact dishes.

Olla – Tarshish 7, Eilat | Kosher

 

 

Pastory – Toscana on the Red Sea

Between the many attractions in Eilat, leave time for a family dinner at a good Italian restaurant, one that makes feel like you are in Florence. In Eilat, you can find many restaurants from this genre, and Pastory is one of the leading ones. The restaurant is designed in the Italian style and uses excellent ingredients, which make every dish in the restaurant a delicacy. On its menu, you can find a variety of pizzas and pasta, in addition to fish dishes, meat and seafood. In addition, Pastory has a lengthy wine list at attractive prices. The restaurant also offers gluten-free pasta, whole-wheat pasta and also a diverse children’s menu.

Pastory – Tarshish 7, next to the Neptune Hotel | The Restaurant is not kosher

 

Eddie’s Hideaway – Eat with the locals

Eddie’s Hideaway is a well-known institution in Eilat and one of the oldest in its culinary scene. The restaurant was established in 1979 by Eddie Hetz, who was born in New York and came to Israel in the ‘70s. Originally the restaurant was located in a residential neighborhood, and recently moved to Eilat’s Industrial Zone. The work of the owner and original chef Eddie Hetz has now been taken over by his son Ashley, and the menu remains of high quality and variety. Among other things, you can find pasta dishes, fish and seafood, but the restaurant’s meat dishes are the jewel in the crown – a variety of American style dishes, with all that that means. Our recommendation – sit down at the long, stylish wooden bar and feel like you are really in America.

Eddie’s Hideaway – HaMasger 2, Eilat Industrial Zone | The Restaurant is not kosher

 

Additional Information

These were only three of the many restaurants, cafés and fast-food stands that are all around Eilat. In addition, in the many new shopping centers new restaurant are popping up, and branches of leading Israeli café chains are being established. Thus, in every corner of the city you will find something to keep you from being hungry. Remember that in some of the restaurants and cafés in the city you will need to book in advance, especially in the popular summer season. Bon Appetit!

Shuttle Services
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Shuttle Services Ramon Airport

A new airport shuttle service from the Ramon airport, exclusively for guests of Dan hotels in Eilat.
The service is free of charge, subject to availability and available by presenting valid confirmation letter to the driver.

Days and hours of operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 08:00-18:00
Friday and holidays eve: 08:00-15:00
Service is not available on Saturdays & holidays.