The second part of our trip to Israel is the part with Negev desert. We spent a few days in Mitzpe Ramon, rated on a top ten world destination. I would say that it is a new travel destination and that there were just a few tourists and most of them from Israel, but it definitely is something else and deserves you attention.
“Beware of camels near the road” was the first thing that got my attention while driving to Beresheet hotel in Mitzpe Ramon. But the camels were not too eager to show themselves this time. Nevertheless we saw one, when a Bedouin family was getting ready to cross the street. We did not spent too much time driving from Tel Aviv to Mitzpe Ramon and when we arrived I was really surprised by what I have seen.
The city was built starting with 1951 when there was a camp for the workers who were building the highway to Eilat. And because we are a bit on the history chapter; the first inhabitants were North Africans and Romanians. On one side of the town there is a nice crater and on the top of it appears Beresheet Hotel, a wonderful place with exclusive rooms, great food and some nice activities like mountain hikes or camel treks so that anyone can have a great time there. My friends even convinced me to wake up at 5.45 to watch the sun rise.
The proof are some pictures that I managed to take at that time in the morning. After seeing the beautiful desert sun rise, another couple of hours of sleep and a great breakfast we checked surroundings and we found a very old trace of the international trade through the region, the ruins of Avdat, founded in the 3rd century BCE. Having enough dosage of history, desert wind and sun we went back at the hotel to enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Do not hesitate to include Negev desert on your list because like Lonely Planet says “time is running out to experience this desert like nature intended”.
Next day in the morning we were leaving the desert behind for the third part of our Israeli trip, that we already presented here, Jerusalem.