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10 Reasons to Visit the Arava TIMNA PARK
Visit this cultural, historical, and archeological landmark opened by JNF. This attraction is rich in copper and has been mined since the 5th millennium by the kings of ancient Israel and the pharaohs of Egypt.
Head to the famous beaches of Eilat for an exceptional underwater experience. Navigate through the crystal clear waters to see the colorful fish and sea life living in this northern-most reef in the world.
What once was a landmine-ridden stretch of desert is now a thriving artist colony with sought-after eco-tourism adventures. See the various displays of local art and learn how this rapidly developing JNF-built community uses innovative, self-sustaining, and environmentally friendly methods.
CENTRAL ARAVA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
At the forefront of agricultural sustainability, this cutting-edge JNF-sponsored R&D center in Hatzeva is home to scientists and researchers who are creating innovative, cost-efficient methods for farmers to thrive under the harsh, arid conditions of the desert environment.
HAI-BAR YOTVATA NATURE RESERVE
KIBBUTZ GROFIT: RED MOUNTAIN THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER (RMTRC)
Just 45 minutes north of Eilat, JNF-partner RMTRC provides weekly horseback riding therapy to nearly 200 children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, bringing much-needed therapeutic services and care to this remote region of the Arava.
Take a scenic jeep ride tour through the desert on an exciting 4x4 off-road adventure. Ride along the ancient pilgrim route, ascend Eilat’s highest mountain, and take in one-of-a-kind views of the Arava Valley and Red Sea coastlines of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
VIDOR VISITOR CENTER Greenhouse at JNF’s Vidor Center
The Vidor Center is a multimedia facility that gives visitors a taste of the Arava in all its variety. Take a multi-sensory tour and learn about the region’s advanced agriculture, watch a 3D film screening and hear about its fascinating history, visit the greenhouses showcasing the best of the region’s crops, and journey through an interactive museum for an insider’s view into the lives of local Arava families and farmers.
Central Arava Valley Vista
Ursula Coffee-Pub This delicious restaurant boasts an inviting atmosphere, warm hospitality, an authentic German-inspired menu, and refreshing beer from the local brewery. (Ursula.co.il) Pundak Neot Semadar Enjoy a light, vegetarian meal of locally-sourced ingredients from the nearby organic farm. Taste the rich cheeses and fresh vegetables, sip on some coffee or refreshing juices, and treat yourself to homemade cakes and creamy ice cream. (Kosher-style; neot-semadar.com)
Nof Zukim Enjoy a charming desert getaway with stunning views of the Arava desert. (nofzuqim.co.il/en; Avg. rates $210/night) Rotem’s Guest House Located in Moshav Paran, this family-friendly B&B offers comfortable and spacious rooms with shady hammocks and recreation areas. (rotems.co.il; Avg rate $110/night) Midbara On the outskirts of Zuqim is Midbara, a B&B where the rooms are fully-equipped huts, providing a natural feel to your stay. (midbara.co.il/en; Avg. rate $154/night) n Common Area at Midbara
To learn more about traveling to Israel with JNF, contact our Travel & Tours department at 877.JNF.TOUR (877.563.8687), email email@example.com, or visit jnf.org/travel.
This one-of-a-kind nature reserve works to breed and rehabilitate animals threatened with extinction as well as endangered desert creatures from Israel and the Middle East, such as the oryx, ostrich, sand cat, gazelle, Arabian wolf, and Griffon vulture.
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Artist colony at Zuqim