South of Tiberias
On the road between Be’er Sheva and the Dead Sea, this lethargic eastern Negev community benefits from its surrounding wealth of mineral deposits. Situated on a high plateau with commanding views of the desert, the town itself doesn’t offer too much to either see or do. The Arad tourist office (995 4160; 9am-5pm Sun-Thu) is behind the Paz petrol station.
Mt Meron Area
There’s no denying that Be’er Sheva (Bear Share-Vah) is a hot and ugly town, developed quickly in the ’60s and still growing. It’s a city that is constantly being built – a vast construction site of shoddy grey apartment blocks built to house the swelling population of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.
Anyone with a sudden urge to fly off to the French Riviera could save money by popping up to Netanya for a few hours. This sun-and-sand resort town offers 11km of the finest free beaches in Israel, populated largely by French-Jewish immigrants. The lively pedestrianised main street is lined with shops, cafés, patisseries and a handful of excellent restaurants.