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EilatAlthough Eilat existed already in ancient times, the modern town dates back to 1949. It is Israel’s premier winter sun resort and the heart of the Red Sea Riviera. Thrilling landscapes of red-tinted mountains, sheer blue skies and crystal clear waters give an exhilarating sense of adventure, pleasure and freedom, with a myriad of things to do and see.
The CityIsrael’s access to the Red Sea is through the beautiful city of Eilat. The city on the south tip is a popular destination for tourists around the globe and offers a huge variety of cultural and sports activities. Surrounded by water in the south and desert in the north, Eilat has a unique location. At the coast you get great beaches, a small but beautiful harbor area and in good weather conditions you can see as far as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Do & See
The warm and dry desert climate, the beautiful Red Sea and the amazing mountains, make Eliat the perfect holiday escape. The city offers amazing beaches and a great variety of attraction and activities to both youngsters and families, everything from cruising, diving to amusement park and hiking in the desert. Desert excursions and sea diving are major attractions in Eliat.
With high quality restaurants along a seafront promenade, Eilat occupies a dramatic setting on the sandy north shore of the Gulf of Akaba and the sun-baked southern tip of the Negev Desert.
The small town centre, with a central boulevard leading to the sea, has malls and budget eateries. The main hotel and entertainment district is North Beach, with an attractive waterside promenade running from the town centre to a marina and lagoons, linking most of the tourist amenities.
Bars & Nightlife
After dark, North Beach promenade and the lagoon throngs with people. There is little drinking – the emphasis is on food, atmosphere and quality entertainment. Large hotels have plush lounge bars offering folklore shows, glitzy cabaret or live music. Many have discos, but for grittier late-night venues with a young crowd, try the beach bars and New Tourist Center in town.
Along the North Beach promenade, stalls offer cheap fashions and hippy-style crafts, beachwear and souvenirs. Note that no VAT or sales tax (normally 18 per cent) is charged in Eilat. For better quality items, with genuine brand names, head to the eastern end of the promenade beyond the north lagoon.