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Negev (Israel)

Practical information on Negev

  • Relaxation
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  • Desert
  • Archaeological Site
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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 1 and a half hours by road from Tel Aviv
When to go
All year round, although the summer can be very hot
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Negev

Seasoned Traveller
59 written opinions

The Negev is a desert of stone whose vastness and infinite horizons are very seductive. You will love it, whether you love walking, archaeological sites, or meeting genuine locals.

My suggestion:
People are often content to just cross the Negev. But a night in the desert under a sky riddled with stars is a unique experience. I recommend you try spending the night there, especially as there are lots of different places to stay which have improved.
My review

During my first trip to Israel, the Negev was the part of the country that I was least interested in. I went there to explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Galilee and the Dead Sea. However, I had to cross the Negev to go from the Dead Sea to Tel Aviv and I simply fell in love. I was intensely affected by the different tones of ochre (orange, yellow, ecru, red, etc.) of the hills under a deep blue sky, the horizon in the far distance and, above all, a silence so loud as to be deafening.

Since then, every time I go to Israel I try to visit a new part of this impressive desert, which mixes the tiny islands of greenery belonging to moshav or kibbutz with vast desert spaces. Although it looks austere, the Negev is ready to reveal its charms if you take the trouble to look for them. 

Negev Desert
Negev Desert