Eilat, located in the southern part of Israel, is the extension of an Oasis on the coastal land of the Red Sea. It is a place of natural beauty with sunny skies adorning the sea and the desert. The modernized city of Eliat was formed in 1950, when a quay was constructed into it, and the subsequent construction of the port formed the foundation of its new economy.
Tourism growth was significant at the close of the 1960s, and now Eliat is a wonderful place for visitors and travelers. Eliat has ultimately become a resort city, packed with tourists from all over the world. Europeans mainly visit the city during winter to enjoy the warmer climate, while Israelis prefer the summers. Its location on northern part of the Bay of Eliat, with a hot climate, and tropical sea has rendered it an all time tourist spot. During the historical periods, due to its strategic location, Eliat served as the port beginning from King Solomon’s days through the days of Nabataeans, Romans, Arabs and Crusaders, who had ruled Israel for different spans of time.
The bay forms the main attraction, with the wonderful beaches, allowing water sports and diving sports, considered to be the best in the world. The Coral Reserve located in the south exhibits exotic tropical fish amidst the reefs. An Underwater Observatory within the reserve has a marine museum, displaying a variety of sea animals. The Dolphin Reef close to the observatory has a school of dolphins.
The climate in Eliat is pleasant throughout the year, with sunny skies and very little rain. The relatively calm sea allows boating with kayaks, motor boats and row boats. Yachts provide cruises from the Marina on a regular basis. Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular, allowing an exploration of the world of corals. Apart from water sports, there are other sports such as tennis, squash, racquetball, volleyball and bicycling, offering fun activities for visitors.
The Avara region located to the north of Eliat, along with the Eliat Mountains forms an arid desert. However, there are many nice spots and archaeological sites as well as historical sites in between the mountain’s exposed areas, making the city a place to begin special expeditions such as jeep tours and camel treks. Mountain biking and the desert mountain’s craggy cliffs are for daring adventurers.
Eliat has a variety of restaurants, suiting all tastes. Clubs and shops are in plenty, and the promenade along the shore holds lively bazaars in summer. The Kings City is a modern theme park based on the Bible and its stories, meant for the entire family. An IMAX theatre allows 3D experience, along with many recreational activities.
The Hai-Bar Yotvat Nature Reserve, Avdat National Park, Ein Avdat National Park, Timna Park, Red Canyon and Southern Eliat Mountains are other attractive places in Eliat.
Apart from the wild landscape, breathtaking canyons, mountains and plains, the Red Sea offers an enchanting underwater world, with Coral Reefs and thousands of fish varieties along with an abundant marine life. The tranquil atmosphere of the desert region around Eliat gives a memorable experience.
The Caesar Premier Eilat Hotel is a newly renovated hotel, situated alongside Eilats beautiful lagoon and offering views over the Red Sea and the Edom Mountains.
The C Hotel is located in the centre of Eilat. It lies above a shopping mall and is in walking distance from the beach and the promenade.
The Dan Panorama is a 5-star hotel overlooking the lagoon, in Eilat’s North Beach area. The hotel offers spacious accommodation, great leisure facilities and is well-positioned close to many of the town’s top attractions.
The Isrotel Yam Suf Hotel is located only 20 meters from the beach. It has its own diving and snorkeling centre, an advanced indoor shooting range, and 3 swimming pools.
Leonardo Club Hotel Eilat is located in the hotel area on the coast. Its is just a short walk from Eilat’s attractions and the beach.
The Magic Sunrise is located in Kibbutz Eilot, in a green area surrounded by the desert. From this peaceful location it is only 3 km to Eilat and the beach.
Overlooking the magnificent Red Sea, this musically themed hotel offers a large outdoor pool area and landscaped gardens, just steps away from Coral Beach.
Occupying a pleasant location by the marina in Eilat, the Rimonim Marina Club is an apart-hotel offering comfortable self-catering apartments alongside the services and facilities of a hotel.