There is so much to do in Eilat, including some unique attractions such as the Dolphin Reef, the underwater observatory, nature trails and a host of fun activities. In this section, you will find a variety of attractions and things that should not be missed. So Without further ado, here are the best things to do in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city.
Yearly Festivals and Cultural Events in Eilat
In addition to the variety of attractions in Eilat, the southern city hosts a wide range of cultural events, festivals and international happenings. We have collected for you here a variety of events for lovers of culture, music, photography and more.
Jazz on the Red Sea
This well-loved and long-running jazz festival, which is popular not only in Israel but also around the world, has been taking place in Eilat since 1987. Traditionally, the festival includes at least four days of jazz performances and master-classes. Every evening, the participants wait for the jam-session – a combined performance that goes on until dawn and includes performances by several musicians together, both Israelis and non-Israelis. The various performances take place in hotels, halls in the city and other locations. In addition, the festival includes competitions and performances by young and unknown ensembles.
The Chamber Music Festival
Another international festival that takes place in the city is the Chamber Music Festival, one of the musical attraction in Eilat that not many people know about – at least not those who are fans of this genre. The festival was founded in 2006 by the director of the Eilat Conservatorium, and quickly became a cultural icon in Israel and an event that in the eyes of many, has come to be identified as the festival that symbolizes Classical Music in Israel. It has a rich history of performances of music and a variety of cultural forms, including: flamenco, orchestras from around the globe, leading musicians for the world of classical music and more. In addition, master classes also take place in the framework of the festival.
Eilat - the Red Sea
As is well known, Eilat and the Red Sea beaches along its shores include spectacular coral reefs, which have immense maritime importance partially due to the fact that they are the northern-most coral reefs in the world. In order to take advantage of these treasures, which to be truthful have been in danger of extinction for many years already, the city holds an international festival of underwater photography that is totally devoted to underwater photography – whether by professionals or by amateurs. It is possible to compete in the festival, exhibit works in exhibitions and take-in professional knowledge that is presented from time to time by the participants, which is not available in many other locations, at least not in Israel.
The Funjoya Festival
In comparison to the other international festivals, this is a totally Israeli festival that is held for the benefit of students, similar to the spring breaks that are known to us from abroad. The festival, which takes place on one of the weekends between the academic semesters, includes parties at several hotels, beach parties and more. In addition, since this a festival that is meant for the student population, one can register for transportation from central locations around the country and sometime there are unique benefits for students to be found during this period. Over the years, the Funjoya Festival has become a popular attraction among young people coming to Eilat from all over the country.
The Five-Month Festival
Eilat offers its visitors and tourists 35 different festivals (some of which we have already mentioned), with the goal of turning the city into a focus of tourism and attractions. The festivals cover a variety of subjects, such as culture, sport, fashion, art and more. Despite the fact that these festivals were meant, among other things, to attract tourists and as a result, are publicized by the Ministry of Tourism, the festivals are undoubtedly suitable also for the Israelis among us. Everyone can enjoy the many advantages of winter vacations in Eilat, such as excellent weather even in the rainy season and of course the variety of colorful and lively events.
Street Artists’ Festival in Eilat
The Festival of Street Artists is a relatively new initiative among the variety of tourist festivals in the city. This festival takes place every Friday on the various promenades in Eilat, which constitute by themselves a local attraction and include colorful circuses, street theater, street parties, various musical performances and more. In addition, during the festival, children can enjoy a selection of activities and attractions that are suitable also for them.