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The Red Sea Jazz Festival

The Red Sea Jazz Festival

This year, the Red Sea Jazz Festival returns to the wonderful port of Eilat - the festival's classic location under the stars - with performances and original productions by some of the best leading artists today. The International Jazz Festival is back after two years of great anticipation! Red Sea Jazz Festival - returns to Eilat port! with dozens of artists from Israel and the world November 12 – 10, Eilat port Maestro Yossi Payne, the music man and artistic director of the festival, curated and connected artists from here and there for three days with 18 (!) performances that you won't want to miss, and so that you don't miss a single show - this year you can purchase a PASS and enjoy all the shows. Along with well-known and beloved names that are always wonderful to meet again at the festival, this year you will meet quite a few young and up-and-coming artists who preserve and refresh the Israeli and global jazz scene. In the 36th edition of the festival, we are proud to announce the opening show of the Israeli super-group THIRD WORLD LOVE, in a one-time reunion show exclusive to the festival. After almost a decade of absence from the stage - Yonatan Avishai, Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Daniel Friedman return to play together in the port of Eilat. Another artist who will land and come straight to the festival is Jacob Collier from London who comes to us in his prime and in the middle of a world tour with 4 albums and 5 Grammy Awards. Grammy winner (3 to be exact) this time from the USA, Corey Henry will come up and perform with the famous keyboards, in a trio show that combines jazz with soul. In an original production for the festival, Gidi Gov will host Alon Olarchik, with non-standard performances of the hits we all love. And close the festival with a final show conceived by Maestro Fine combining musicians from all his favorite genres - a super group that will form for the first time on the festival stage. Conducted by Neta Barzilai, Nono, Eko and Cohen will be guests for a cross-genre celebration of jazz with hip-hop and spoken word.

The Ice mall Eilat with iceskating arena

The Ice mall Eilat with iceskating arena

The Ice mall is among the newest malls in Israel and the bigger one in Eilat. The mall is wide and pleasant to walk around. We were in one of the peak weeks of the season of tourism in Eilat - Passover holiday, and it was pleasant and fun to be in. In the mall you can find major chains and stores and shopping is VAT free. The highlight of the mall - a huge ice skating arena. The mall is highly recommended for families and children. The mall offers countless attractions for children and adults.

The Dolphin Reef Eilat

The Dolphin Reef Eilat

The Beach The dolphin reef beach is a private beach, offering a diversity of services, such as bathrooms and showers, restaurant, diving courses, swimming and diving with dolphins and a lot more. The beach itself is not very big, but the golden sand compensate you for the little round stones covering the other Eilatian beaches. As soon as you enter the beach, you see the defined area, in which the dolphins are swimming. For the time being, there are ten dolphins, some of them were brought from the Caspian Sea in Russia, and some of them were born in Eilat, and are Israeli citizens…. The uniqueness of the place is the fact that there was not and there isn’t an attempt to domesticate the dolphins. That defined area in which they are living is not closed, and allows the dolphins free entrance and exit. As a matter of fact, the dolphins are staying there out of their own free will. The dolphins frequently swim to the open sea, for the simple fact that they have to supply themselves with food. The “Dolphin-reef “ crew does not supply them with food, and does not interfere with their private life. Aside from that, those dolphin has a good taste of their own…they too - same as we - loves the Red Sea, with all of its beautiful coral reefs and spectacular undersea creatures. Preparing to swim After struggling with myself, I chose to swim with the dolphins, rather than diving with them. Sarit, the instructor, gave me a short brief, focusing on the interaction between those diverse mammals and us. There are some rules such as not chasing the dolphins, not touching sensitive areas like the eyes, the blowhole on their head and their genitalia (as if we wanted to do that…). We also got an explanation regarding the personal equipment, which includes snorkel, diving-mask, flippers and diving suit. If you are anxious to commemorate the occasion, you can rent an under-water camera, or pay to professional photographer to come along with you, for video shooting or stills. No one promised us that we could get real close. After all, that depends on the dolphins themselves. We were a little disappointed, but our hopes increased while remembering that half an hour of swimming is a lot of time. After a short demo practice, outside the defined area, we moved into it (“we” means me, five other visitors and, of course, Sarit). In the water with the dolphins What can I tell you…from the first moment you can sense the presence of that amazing creature, by hearing the unique sounds that it can produce. It is unbelievable! You can Swimming and Diving with dolphins in Eilatnot see them yet, but you sure can hear them. We all tried to make the first eye contact, but came out with nothing. I raised my head out of the water, and caught a glimpse of back-flippers about 50 meters from me. After a few minutes I nearly had a cocktail of salty sea water, when my mouth almost opened wide because of a huge dolphin, swimming in superb, passing along my swimming buddy, a tourist from the Netherlands, who actually was able to touch it. I saw the dolphin moving on into the deep water, and I was so envious of my friend at that time, because I was afraid that this time I wouldn’t share his experience. The first encounter But, after a few minutes of swimming here and forth, came, just out of the blue, an amazing dolphin, named Bunchy, according to Sarit. Bunchy was a young dolphin, which explains the fact that he still doesn’t get bored of meeting groups of enthusiastic people such as we were. The wild dive Bunchy stayed with us for about 15 seconds more, and during this time he surely felt like the most beloved dolphin in the world. We touched him, caressed him and played with him. It took us a while to realize that we are swimming with a dolphin (!), but soon it seemed like the most natural thing to do. Bunchy surrounded us and examined us above and under the water… it was really hard to say who enjoyed this meeting more…Bunchy or us… Conclusions I can hardly explain the feeling touching his smooth skin, and the feeling I got out of a 10cm distance between my head and Bunchy’s. You just have to be there in order to understand. Swimming with dolphins was something I dreamt about since I was a little boy. I guess it was under the influence and impression of books that had been read to me, or because the mythological and unforgettable TV show - “Flipper”. Out of that short experience I’ve had in the Dolphin Reef, I can say that dolphins are the most amazing mammals. You can sense, in every moment, their high intelligence (no doubt, much more then a few people I happened to have met in my life). All farewells are sad, especially if that farewell is from the first dolphin you have ever met, but you can find some comfort knowing you can always do that again, if you are in Eilat, and have about two hours and some bucks (about 200NIS) to spend.

Eilat Beaches – Swim & Tan in Eilat

Eilat Beaches – Swim & Tan in Eilat

The beautiful, vibrant beaches scattered along the Red Sea coastline, run from the north edge of Eilat Bay, near the Jordanian border, down to south beach near the Egyptian border. The beaches are localized in two major areas - the North Beach, where the main hotel area is located, and the Coral Beach, further south of Eilat. The first is perfect for the more easygoing swimmers, sunbathers and water sport worshipers, whereas the latter serves as the main arena for scuba diving and snorkeling. Dotted with palm trees, straw parasols and lively bars playing music, most of Eilat's beaches offer vivacious, tropical atmosphere during the day and incredibly romantic feel at night. At the beach, you are likely to see sunbathers from all over the world lying on beach beds just a few steps from the water. Others are busy dining at one of the nearby snack bars, playing "Matkot" (Israeli beach tennis) or simply relax in front of the fascinating vista. After a long day at the beach (remember to wear sunscreen!) it is time to get ready for the perfect finale - Eilat's sunset. When the sun goes down beyond the hills of the city, just sit back and gaze at the gorgeous mountains of Aqaba across the sea, while they become amazingly red. Finally, as the night falls over the city, you can join the festivity at one of the beaches, which transformed into bustling locations for dancing parties and pubs. Those of you seeking for romanticism or maybe camping in a tent, where the beaches are less busy. Lying on the pebbles and the cool sand, listening to the whisper of the waves as they break into the shore, and staring at the moonlight gorgeously reflected on the water, is truly a remarkable experience.

Introductory dive in Eilat

Introductory dive in Eilat

An introductory dive, also known as an experience dive or experience dive, is the simplest way to experience a dive in Eilat for the first time and without a course. The dive in Mint includes a short briefing and a dive with a personal guide attached to each participant and you can go diving as a group when everyone has their own guide. An introductory dive takes place in a gradual descent to a maximum depth of 6 meters, according to your sense of comfort and there is no need for knowledge in swimming. The Mint Diving Center operates under the supervision of the Israeli Diving Authority and the participants in the activity are insured by the club.

Cruises in the Red Sea – Eilat

Cruises in the Red Sea – Eilat

One of Eilat's top attractions is taking a delightful cruise on a yacht. Eilat's Marina holds plenty of yachts offering daily cruises across the enchanting Red Sea gulf and along the maritime border with Jordan. While on board you can pleasantly sit back and gaze over the splendid Eilat Bay and the surrounding Red Mountains. Most of the morning cruises depart form the Marina at around 10am and reach either Taba, at the Egyptian border, or the beautiful Coral Island, which is further south in the waters of Sinai. Notice that the latter requires a valid passport as it goes into the Egyptian territorial waters. Both cruises usually include a stop for a swim and a full BBQ lunch. There are also some magnificent night cruises, in which the lights of the neighboring Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are beautifully reflected on the water, providing a marvelous romantic scene.

Eilat Desert Adventures

Eilat Desert Adventures

Situated between the southern edge of the Negev Desert and the beginning of the Sinai Peninsula (and yet only 7 hours drive from the green Galilee at the north part of Israel), Eilat offers a great desert experience lapped in a Bedouin-like scene. The desert adventures available in Eilat vary from private and organized hiking, to wild jeep tours and exciting camel treks, all touring around the Eilat region. The colorful multilayered mountains and the natural beauty of the desert make it highly exhilarating traveling to fascinating sites, such as King Solomon's Pillars, Timna Valley Park, the Red Canyon, Ein Netafim and Pillars of Amram.

The Red Sea Jazz Festival

The Red Sea Jazz Festival

Red-Sea jazz festival, the biggest and most successful of its kind in Israel is hosting more than 20 world-known and international artist such as Rickie-Lee Jones, Garry Barton, Stephan Harris, Danilo Perez, Niki Yanofski, Beri Saharoff, Rea Mohich, Shem-Tov Levi and many others… The Red Sea Jazz Festival (RSJF) established in 1987 as a four day international jazz festival with 9 concerts per evening, 6 clinics with guest artists and nightly Jam sessions. The festival is held yearly in the last week of August. RSJF strives to introduce to the public the broadest possible musical spectrum, from New Orleans jazz to the contemporary, including Latin and World music. The festival presents guest groups from all around the globe plus Israeli top groups. RSJF is also active in the jazz education field in Israel, promoting original jazz compositions and youth jazz bands. This year same as previous years – we are following the tradition of hosting world top jazz performers and also headlining young jazz artists and Israeli groups. Every evening at 19:00 we welcome you to an open concert featuring the best Israeli young jazz groups. During 4 days, the festival will feature 3 different concerts in each of the halls, performed by international and Israeli artists – participating in the festival. The concerts will be held in three venues: The CLUB with the capacity of 1,000 seats around tables serving food and beverage, the HALL with 2,000 regular seats and the ARENA with 4,000 seats, some arranged gradually overlooking the Red Sea. Tickets Wide PASS allowing 4-day admission to the two big halls and to the club on an availability basis. Daily PASS and single tickets for each concert will be available as well. The youngsters, honor guests of the festival, remain with their young PASS allowing free admission to all concerts on availability basis. Blue/Yellow PASS allowing admission to 4 concerts per day. The Eilat Port is waiting you again, music aficionado, to celebrate the end of the summer vacation with lots of good music and pleasant ambiance complemented by encounters with friends and top musicians from Israel and abroad. The Red Sea during the day and Eilat Port at night – what could be better?

Eilat Shopping

Eilat Shopping

Since Eilat is defined as a Duty Free Zone and most products and services are available VAT-free, Eilat is the place to shop! Its modern, air-conditioned shopping malls and Mall Hayam in particular, hold outlets of most of Israel’s major chain stores as well as fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, toy stores, digital cameras and accessories, books, sports equipment, souvenirs, and much more. In addition, every Thursday there is an open air stores recommended market with a carnival atmosphere in the plaza of the City Center from 08:00 to 18:00, selling by the Ministry of Tourism everything under the sun at prices that can’t be beaten. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/shopping.htm

Eilat Travel City and Hotel Guide

Eilat Travel City and Hotel Guide

The suggested tour routes that follow are suitable for the whole family. For your convenience, the maps indicate tourist sites and routes from Eilat northwards along the eastern axis, along the Arava road (route 90) and from Eilat along the western axis following route 1 2. Important - please make sure to take drinking water and a hat with you. At the 20 km marker (1) on the Arava road, turn westwards following the route marked in blue, and continue to the Amram Pillars. Some 7.5 km from the road, the track ends in a parking area (2). A five minute walk will bring you to the Amram Pillars (3), a series of pillars of rock along the western wall of the Amram crater. They were carved into the colorful sandstone of the cliff walls by the flow of water, cutting deep ridges and creating the pillars like a relief sculpture.Halfway back along the trail, as you pass the fork in the road (4), turn southwest and follow the trail marked in green. This will lead you to the mouth of the Shehoret rivulet (5). Park your car and walk along the "green" trail in a westerly direction until you arrive at the mouth of the canyon with walls a sheer 20 meters high. Here you will see dark granite rocks and boulders that are among the world's most ancient - some 600 million years old! After about an hour's walk through the canyon, the terrain begins to change. The walls drop away and a wider vista opens up as you walk between pale young chalk rocks and sandstone in a variety of shades; their presence here at the same level as the baserock is evidence of a geological rift. Together, they create a fascinating panorama. Carry on another 1 00 meters along the right side of the arrow until you find red markings (6) and follow this trail to the right (in a northerly direction). After a short, steep incline, you will arrive at a lookout point affording a view of the entire Arava basin. Now continue eastwards following the red markings until you reach another lookout point and then descend to the plain below, where you meet the trail marked in black (7). This trail I leads southwards (to the right) bac the parking area (2). Along the way, you will pass characteristic desert flora, and if you are lucky, you may also see some desert fauna. It takes about three-quarters of an hour to get to the Amram Pillars and back. The tour through the canyon takes about three hours. Timna Park Timna Park The Timna crater is surrounded on three sides by cliffs hundreds of meters high. It is also surrounded by breathtaking landscapes including ancient copper mines. The turn-off from the Arava Road leads to the park's main gate. Once inside the park, you will enjoy such sites as ancient cave drawings depicting men on chariots doing battle. The natural arches along the western cliff tops are a result of centuries of erosion. At the foot of the arched pillars is an ancient Egyptian mine with vertical tunnels and horizontal galleries. Our route leads to the "mushroom" rock located in a small depression of the Timna Park plane. This is an amazingly mushroom-shaped boulder of red sandstone carved by wind and water. The ground of the park is covered with shards of ancient clay ovens used for smelting copper during the Egyptian period. Solomon's Pillars are made of sandstone that juts out in ridges from the tall straight cliffs along the south-western face of Mt. Timna. The pillars were carved out through centuries of water erosion. At the foot of Solomon's Pillars are the remains of a temple to the mining God built by the Egyptian copper miners. Above the temple is an engraved rock which bears the praises that Ramses the Third bestowed on the Egyptian God of Mining. The park includes a lake fed by a pump which brings it water from an underground aquifer. Near the lake is a parking area, restaurant, picnic grounds, drinking water and conveniences. Eilat Heights Route #12 from Eilat winds its way through the expansive landscapes between the Edom and the Eilat Mountains. This is the ancient road to Mecca which was built at the beginning of the 8th century by. the Egyptian ruler, Mahmud lbn Tulun. The road connected Egypt with the Eilat Heights and Eilat with Aqaba and Mecca. Mt. Yoash At the peak of the Eilat Heights we encounter a junction with a road going off to the south. This road leads to the summit of Mt. Yoash overlooking the Eilat Heights' most beautiful panorama. From this vantage point you can see the borders of four countries - Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Jordan and Israel. To the south you can see canyons and cliffs, and to the east, the Gulf and city of Eilat. Ein Netafim From the top of the Eilat Heights, a dirt trail winds its way eastwards and descends to a parking area. A tour route marked in green descends along a narrow ravine to a pool at its lowest point, the "kalachat". The pool is at the base of a waterfall descending from the top of the Netafim River Canyon into a small basin carved out by the British. The pool developed and filled drop by drop, and herein lies the origin of its name (translation: Well of Drops). Follow the black markings for the path leading to the basin. If you arrive here in the early morning or late afternoon, and you keep very still, you may see some of the region's wildlife, such as rock rabbits, gazelles, or flocks of birds such as Tristam's Grackle and trumpeter finches. Ein Netafim is the only source of water in the area, making it a popular watering hole. The tour of Ein Netafim takes about a half hour. Mt. Hizqiyahu Milestone 82 marks the peak of Mt. Hizqiyahu. On old maps the peak is listed as having an altitude of 833 meters. The peak is actually 838 meters high. From this vantage point you can look out over the Eilat mountains, the Arava desert and the Edom mountains on the east, and over Moon Valley whose wild landscape looked to the first settlers of Eilat like the face of the moon, hence its name. To the west, you can see the ancient route to Mecca, "Darab AI Haj", that crosses the Sinai desert, descends to the Gulf of Eilat and continues on to Mecca and Medina. The Red Canyon See regional map #2. From Mt. Hizqiyahu continue northwards, passing through a distinctive landscape of black and red mountains, with gravel and pebbles covering the slopes. These are the Neshef Mountains, made of volcanic rock. After the road crosses the Neshef Mountains, it arrives at a wide junction with a road leading eastwards (1) (marked in red). This road leads to the Red Canyon. Follow the road for about 2 km until you arrive at a parking area (2). From here, carry on along the trail marked in green, until you arrive at the canyon (3). The canyon is about 1 50 meters long and 2-3 meters wide. The canyon walls reach a height of 30 meters. The dominant color in the canyon is deep red, with sandstone in various shades of red, purple and white. Flood waters widened the canyon and created niches where one can stop to rest. At the end of the trail (4), the canyon widens and colors change. The trail leading back follows the path of the rivulet to the south and back to the parking area (2). The tour through the canyon and back takes about two hours. Birdwatchers Tour See regional map #3. The birdwatchers tour, adjacent to the salt ponds, starts from Meeting Point (1) and follows the north shore. You will see a variety of sea birds such as gannets, cormorants, western reef heron, and gulls. Continue northwards along the water canal. On the right you will see the Oceanography & Lakes Research Institute which, among other things, is involved in the study of aquaculture. All along the canal a variety of birds can be seen, including: small waders, gulls, waterfowl and migrating songbirds such as Bee-eaters, Dead Sea Sparrows and Spanish Sparrows. When you arrive at Eilat saitflats, you can visit the ringing station for songbirds (2) (a walk of about one kilometer), or stroll through the date grove (3) where you will encounter yellow or grey wagtails, pippits, wheatears and swallows. There are other varieties of birds in the area, some of which find shelter among the branches of the date palms. Carry on northwards along the eastern shore of the canal in the direction of the Jordanian border crossing. You'll arrive at the entrace to the Bird Sanctuary where indigenous trees have been specially planted and recycled refuse provides birds with a welcome food source. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/touring.htm http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/reef.html

Diving & Snorkeling in Eilat

Diving & Snorkeling in Eilat

The underwater world revealed while diving at Eilat Bay is spectacular. With its crystal-clear waters allowing a visibility of 30 meters (due to the single source of incoming water from its southern opening to the Suez Bay), the Red Sea and the variety of coral reefs along its shores are among the most beautiful fascinating diving sites in the world. Diving in Eilat Eilat’s diving clubs offer services both for beginners and experienced divers, including introductory dive, specialty courses and organized dives to the Red Sea’s top diving sites. These sites, most of which are relatively close to the beach, reveal a whole realm of marvelous colors and incredibly gorgeous types of fish and corals. For those seeking an easier way to explore the beauty of the Red Sea, there is always the option of snorkeling or Scuba (a unique diving system combining scuba-diving and snorkeling, in which the air-tanks remain on a boat). http://www.inisrael.com/news/?p=810 http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/th_diving_sno.htm

Eilat Water Sport Activities

Eilat Water Sport Activities

Eilat is a water-sport playground, where you can choose your favored activity out of a wide range of attractions available in most of the beaches. You can hire a Jet Ski or a motorboat, take a Banana ride (an inflated balloon, which pulled by a speedboat and ridden by 5 to 8 people) or go for a slow rowing on a pedal boat. Other water-sport activities include water-skiing, windsurfing and para-sailing (a parachute attached to a speedboat), with which you can “takeoff” high above the water and view over the magnificent surroundings. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/things_to_do.htm

Eilat Beaches – Swim & Tan in Eilat

Eilat Beaches – Swim & Tan in Eilat

The beautiful, vibrant beaches scattered along the Red Sea coastline, run from the north edge of Eilat Bay, near the Jordanian border, down to south beach near the Egyptian border. The beaches are localized in two major areas – the North Beach, where the main hotel area is located, and the Coral Beach, further south of Eilat. The first is perfect for the more easygoing swimmers, sunbathers and water sport worshipers, whereas the latter serves as the main arena for scuba diving and snorkeling. Dotted with palm trees, straw parasols and lively bars playing music, most of Eilat’s beaches offer vivacious, tropical atmosphere during the day and incredibly romantic feel at night. At the beach, you are likely to see sunbathers from all over the world lying on beach beds just a few steps from the water. Others are busy dining at one of the nearby snack bars, playing “Matkot” (Israeli beach tennis) or simply relax in front of the fascinating vista. After a long day at the beach (remember to wear sunscreen!) it is time to get ready for the perfect finale – Eilat’s sunset. When the sun goes down beyond the hills of the city, just sit back and gaze at the gorgeous mountains of Aqaba across the sea, while they become amazingly red. Finally, as the night falls over the city, you can join the festivity at one of the beaches, which transformed into bustling locations for dancing parties and pubs. Those of you seeking for romanticism or maybe camping in a tent, where the beaches are less busy. Lying on the pebbles and the cool sand, listening to the whisper of the waves as they break into the shore, and staring at the moonlight gorgeously reflected on the water, is truly a remarkable experience. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/things_to_do.htm

Eilat City Guide

Eilat City Guide

Eilat is Located at the southernmost tip of the country, Eilat is blessed with everything that makes a perfect vacation - beautiful mirror-like sea, lively beaches, seafront bars and restaurants, first-rate hotels, all kinds of watersports, spectacular underwater world and coral reefs, diving clubs, desert treks, camel tours and even swimming with dolphins. Breathtaking scenery of the magnificent Red Mountains and the crystal-clear Red Sea gloriously lap this exciting fun. Eilat provides its visitors with the ultimate relaxation, given greatly by the magical beauty of the desert-like nature. All this, along with the endless sun and the pleasant, warm winter, makes Eilat the leading tourist city in Israel, preferred both by foreign visitors (European charters mostly) and Israeli vacationers. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/eilat/index.html

Eilot – southernmost kibbutz in the world

Eilot – southernmost kibbutz in the world

We invite you to stay with us and experience a unique experience in the southernmost kibbutz in the world, located at the top of a hill overlooking a spectacular view of the Gulf of Eilat, the Eilat Mountains and the Edom Mountains. Kibbutz Eilot invites you to experience a unique vacation that includes all the attractions that come to mind: guided tours in the desert, a variety of hiking trails, jeep tours, camel rides, desert theater, kibbutz tours and agricultural tours and of course - entertainment and enjoyment of everything Eilat has - Israel's resort city To offer: spectacular beaches, the dolphin reef, the underwater observatory including the shark pool, easy access for trips in Jordan from the "Rabin" border crossing, and of course all the attractions and activities suitable for groups, individuals and families. What do we offer? A vacation full of experiences and unforgettable moments that will leave you with a taste of more! Kibbutz Eilot has 41 rural holiday units (25 family rooms, 16 double rooms). The units are spacious, air-conditioned, fully equipped (in air-conditioned rooms, cable TV, free WI-FI, mini fridge and coffee / tea corner) and surrounded by green lawns, shaded seating areas, hammocks and a pastoral kibbutz atmosphere. Plus, you can enjoy a seasonal pool, meals at a palm-fringed restaurant, barbecue corners and lots and lots of green in the eyes, so you won’t believe you’re in the heart of a desert!

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