January 20, 2011

The Dead Sea - a must see.

Having the lowest elevation on Earth, the Dead Sea is located less than an hour drive from Jerusalem and is joining Israel and Jordan. It’s the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It attracts tens of thousands of tourists and health spa enthusiasts from around the world every year. Staying in one of the Dead Sea hotels is an unique experience.

The Dead Sea has a unique climate. It has 330 days of sun per year and it’s the only place where you can sunbathe with little risk of sunburn. The ultraviolet rays are filtered through three natural layers: an extra atmospheric layer, an evaporation layer that exists above the Dead Sea, and a rather thick ozone layer.

Taking a bath in the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience as you float on the water and you can’t sink. The water contains 21 minerals and some are recognized for activating the circulatory system and easing rheumatic discomfort and metabolic disorders.  Another thing to do is to cover your body with the dark mud. The Dead Sea mud is known to help UV rays get absorbed and stimulate the blood circulation around joints affected by psoriatic arthritis.

Nearby don’t miss the ruins of Masada. The mountaintop fortress was transformed in 35 BC by King Herod into a 3 tiered winter home.  The story of the siege that took place here has been adopted as a symbol for the modern Jewish state. From April to October, there is a spectacular light show every Tuesday and Thursday which recounts the dramatic history of Masada with special pyrotechnic effects. Spectators sit in a natural amphitheater on the west side of the mountain, reachable only via Arad.
It is home of one of the world first spa resort and now has many spa hotels offering treatments and thermo mineral pools. You’ll have a large choice if you want to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the spa. You can find hotels for all budgets, from simple Guest House to five star spa resorts.

To get there in Israel, the main points of access are the oases of Ein Gebi and Ein Bokek, accessible by bus from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They have both public beaches. On the Jordanian side, it is accessible on a day trip by bus from Ammam and Aqaba.

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