The Dead Sea, as beautiful and historical as it may be, is not the only attraction site in Israel believe it or not. There are many jewels to be seen and experienced in the area surrounding the ageless body of hyper saline water. Remember that the Dead Sea is bordered by Israel, Palestine, and Jordan so the suggestions listed will be in that area. So let’s look at what the area has to offer! Here are some Dead Sea tourism tips
The wonderful city of Ein Gedi that lies off the southwestern coast of the dead sea is home to the beautiful Ein Gedi nature reserve. In an area that is arid and full of desert, you must understand the importance of preserving what little tropical beauty you are given. Therefore, the town protects, but offers admittance, the beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert and also offers tourist trips to the ancient ruins for curious explorers.
For those looking to explore nature untouched by mankind, there are the mountain ranges known as Mount Sodom. What is truly unique about these mountains is the fact they are almost entirely made out of salt! Visitors are free to explore the vast expanses of salt formations and caves in the area. Biblically the salty ranges are all that remains after God’s wrath destroyed the city that once stood in the area.
Nearby in the south part of the Israel touching the Dead Sea is the Masada palace. This is the site where Jewish soldiers once fortified and defended themselves versus an overpowering Roman army. The site can be accessed by hiking trail or cable car. Upon arriving, the beautiful panoramic view of the Dead Sea can be seen along with the Moab mountains making quite the breath taking view.
The famous city of Jericho also lies North of the Dead Sea. Nicknamed the “City of Palms”, this ancient city dates back further than most any other freestanding structure to date. There are many monasteries and holy sites to see in the city of Jericho where historically Joshua conquered the city in the Bible.
So know that when you plan to visit the Dead Sea, feel free to load up your schedule with visiting many of the surrounding sites as well!