The Arava and the Negev Plateau are among the most fascinating areas of Israel. In Israel, “desert” doesn’t mean “desolate.” The sandy Negev expanse that makes up more than half of Israel’s land mass encompasses fascinating vistas, history and creativity. And the relatively short and temperate winter months are the best times to visit.
For tourists, there’s never been more to experience in the Arava: ancient archeology, timeless Bedouin hospitality, funky eco-art, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bountiful farms, birdwatching and lots of activities for children, including ice-cream workshops. Keep reading to find out our insider’s guide to exploring Israel’s hidden secrets.