It doesn’t matter why you came to the Dead Sea, you shouldn’t leave without visiting Masada at least once
Masada is deeply rooted in Israeli and Jewish folklore, a legendary story about brave warriors fighting against their evil conquerors.
Built by Herod the Great, another enigmatic character that sparks your imagination, Masada was a fort of some kind. It wasn’t an ordinary fort: surrounded by primal views of rocks and mountains, while looking down from Masada you can see the Dead Sea in its glory and beauty. No wonder it’s one of Israel’s top tourist locations and that even the opera leave their air conditioned hall and in order to perform in the middle of the desert once every year under starry skies, with thousands of people from all over the world coming to enjoy music and western culture in such a remote place.
On my way up I took the Snake Path. The path is wide enough for two people to walk and talk while climbing and so steep we couldn’t really talk most of the way. The sun was up in the sky on our way up. Going up the path is the best way to fully understand Masada. Soldiers grew tired climbing up the fort and were too tired to fight when they arrived. This understanding shows how well armed and well trained the roman soldiers have been. Winning in the end, after such a journey, shows great character and a sense of purpose. Once you’re up, you can visit a few ancient palaces, an ancient synagogue and a small but fascinating museum about the history of Masada.
A different way to go up is by a cable car. That’s a more “western” way which my mom enjoyed very much but to me, “westernizing” Masada makes you lose part of its ancient magic. Climbing up makes you feel history. I think you lose that if you skip this part.