Top things to do

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in The Arava

Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve

Established in 1968 to reintroduce animals that had died out in Israel, this 32-sq-km reserve on the Yotvata salt flats is home to a wide variety of desert creatures. You can drive through, safari-style, but only if…
Park in The Arava

Timna Park

The site of some of the world's earliest copper mines (c 5000 BCE), the Timna Valley offers an awe-inspiring desert landscape of cliffs and rock formations in contrasting shades of burnt red, pink and tan. Its scene…
Cafe in The Arava

Neot Semadar Inn

Run by vegetarian Kibbutz Neot Semadar, this all-organic place, with a lush rear garden, serves kibbutz-made goat's-milk cheese, ice cream and labneh (thick yoghurt), as well as a range of salads, egg dishes, hummus…