Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Dead Sea and Masada are considered one of the top tourist sites to visit in Israel. This region includes Mount Masada, The Dead Sea located in Ein Bokek and Ein Gedi, an oasis located in the desert. This region contains an abundance of Jewish history along with a rich biblical reference that brings scripture to life.
The Dead Sea and Masada Region
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, known in Hebrew as Yam Ha-Melakh, literally meaning the “Sea of Salt” in English has attracted many visitors from the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. Visitors came to the Dead Sea to utilize its therapeutic resources and it is considered one of the first health resorts, pioneered by King Herod the Great. Due to its vast density of salt, it is uninhabitable, hence the term “Dead Sea”. Today the Dead Sea continues to attract thousands of tourists in Israel and from around the world. Most come to experience floating naturally on water and covering themselves in mud, which is considered to have health and healing properties. The Dead Sea also has many resorts offering world-class spa treatments and facilities as well and in addition, it acts as a great destination to enjoy a quick getaway from all the action in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Masada, pronounced in Hebrew Me-tza-da, literraly meaning fortress, is an ancient fortification in Southern Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the famous Dead Sea.
Herod the Great had built two palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE to protect the rebels hiding there from a siege by the Romans.
Masada is one of Israel’s most popular tourist attractions.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Ein Gedi, literally “spring of the kid (young goat)” is an oasis and a nature reserve in Israel, located in the Judean Desert, west of the Dead Sea, and near Masada and the Qumran Caves. Ein Gedi is considered as one of the most popular nature sites in the country.