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EilatIsrael

From little more than a tiny police station over 65 years ago, this area has grown to be a major sunny vacation destination. 

Enjoy glorious days in Eilat on a warm sandy beach with an occasional dip in water that entices you to stay longer. Israel’s southernmost city averages only six days of rain for an entire year. This desert city seems to induce relaxation with its warm, dry winds that blow across the Sinai Desert.

Although Eilat’s coast is a major attraction, there is also much to do on land. Include a desert eco tour to Timna Park 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of the city for hiking, cliff rappelling, jeep tours and camel rides. This area of biblical importance is linked to King Solomon and Solomon’s Pillars. Look for a rock formation known as The Mushroom.

Go on a photo-gathering expedition at Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve, 9 miles (15 kilometers) farther north, to see elusive and endangered species such as leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, gazelles and ostriches. West of Timna Park is Red Canyon, featuring a short, child-friendly trail with breathtaking sandstone walls displaying a kaleidoscope of soft, pastel colors. Return to the modern city of Eilat for varied cuisine.

The Red Sea is never far away and provides its own attractions on a backdrop of distant hills in neighboring Jordan. Play with dolphins in their natural habitat at Dolphin Reef or follow underwater trails at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

View marine life below the surface without getting wet at the Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Wander through Eilat Marina with its elegant yachts and motor vessels, as well as a large variety of stores and restaurants. Be sure to experience lively beaches in the Hotels Zone, where something always seems to be happening. Waterskiing, swimming and even ice-skating are available here.

Fly to Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba in less than 1 hour from Tel Aviv. Tailor your vacation to enjoy sun, sea and sand. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and fulfilled.

Top Hotels in Eilat

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dan Eilat
Dan Eilat
5 out of 5
North Beach Area, Eilat
The price is CA $329 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Eilat hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spiral Park and Ice Mall. Eilat Marina and Eilat Museum and Art Gallery are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (341 reviews)
Perfect vacation

"The best service from all the hotel staff, Also great facilities and food. Amazing"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Dan Eilat
Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
5 out of 5
North Beach, Eilat
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $368 per night

This family-friendly Eilat hotel is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Mifrats Beach and Harbor Bridge. Spiral Park and Green Beach are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (270 reviews)

"Swimming pool, room was very good. However, it was too crowded."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 7, 2020

Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
Isrotel Yam Suf
Isrotel Yam Suf
4.5 out of 5
Coral Beach, Eilat
The price is CA $258 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Eilat hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Princess Beach and Taba Beach. Dolphin Reef and Eilat ...

4.3/5Excellent! (171 reviews)

"Beautifully set, away from the crowded part of Eilat. Excellent restaurant, terrific buffet dinners and breakfasts. Very kind, helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Isrotel Yam Suf

Popular places to visit in Eilat

Dolphin Reef
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Dolphin Reef

Seeing animals in their habitat can leave a strong impression for all age groups. Interact with dolphins in a unique way at this marine attraction.

Coral World Underwater Observatory
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Coral World Underwater Observatory

Spend a day underwater without getting wet. Walk out to this observation point located in the middle of a coral reef teeming with life.

Eilat Marina
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Eilat Marina

For an interesting water-based experience on dry land in Eilat, survey the sterns of visiting watercraft to determine their origins.

Top things to do in Eilat

3 Day tour Petra And Wadi Rum From Eilat
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3 Day tour Petra And Wadi Rum From Eilat

CA $380
Per adult
Cairo from Eilat 1 Day Tour
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Cairo from Eilat 1 Day Tour

CA $617
Per adult
Day of Leisure in Eilat include rich Luxurious Breakfast
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Day of Leisure in Eilat include rich Luxurious Breakfast

CA $115
Per adult
2 Day Tour Petra and Wadi Rum From Eilat
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2 Day Tour Petra and Wadi Rum From Eilat

CA $340
Per adult
Petra Full Day Tour From Eilat
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Petra Full Day Tour From Eilat

CA $251
Per adult
Snorkeling with Instructor on Coral Reef
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Snorkeling with Instructor on Coral Reef

CA $50
Per adult

Reviews of Eilat

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 24, 2020

We liked Eilat.!! Very nice city for vacations.

5/5 - Excellent

Jessica

Nov 28, 2019

Eilat is a great little town to include on your trip to Israel!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 28, 2019

Beautiful city!!! Loved the city! A real gem.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 29, 2019

Cannot wait to return!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jul 10, 2019

This hotel advertises free parking but it is extremely limited. I could not get free parking so had to park in a public lot 200m away. The hotel requires a make over. Wall paper is peeling and bathrooms have mouldy calking and need some updating.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 31, 2019

Never go to Hotel La Playa

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