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Masada (Israel)

Practical information on Masada

  • Viewpoint
  • Archaeological Site
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 2 hours by road from Tel Aviv
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Masada

Seasoned Traveller
75 written opinions

Masada is the ruin of the last stronghold of the Kingdom of Israel, before it was completely destroyed by the Romans. It is a very important archaeological site which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

My suggestion:
If you walk up the Snake Path to the fortress of Masada very early in the morning you can watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea. The climb takes about 40 minutes and is quite difficult but really worth it. 
My review

Both the site's beauty and the quality of the ruins make Masada an absolute must-see during your first trip to Israel. A true fortress-palace built on a rocky outcrop that was deemed to be impregnable, Masada imposes itself on the surrounding countryside and the wondering gaze of the visitor. Even if you're not a great love of archaeological sites you should visit to see the wonderful view, and to see how well preserved some ruins can be. The fortifications, assault ramp and military encampments are the only existing examples of this type of architecture from this period. In addition, the archaeologists have slightly raised the walls inside and outside, so that the public can get a better idea of what the fortress really looked like. There are explanatory signs and drawings which help complete these reconstructions.

In June they organise an open-air opera festival at the foot of the site.