At the southernmost point of Israel bordering Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, Eilat is a bustling vacation destination jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Visitors can relax by the beach or choose any of the many exciting attraction in and around the city. Check out our guide for some of the best things to do in Eilat.
Go for a Hike in The Red Canyon
One of the best things to do in Eilat after a couple days is actually to get out of the city. Not because you’ll get sick of it (trust us, there are endless things to do), but because the surrounding nature is stunning and worth exploring. The Red Canyon is like a much smaller scale version of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This simple hike involves walking through some stunning canyon walls, climbing up them, and seeing the canyon from both the top and the bottom. If you’re looking for hikes in this area, then the Red Canyon hike is definitely one of the best.
Explore the Rock Formations at Timna Park
An easy tour from Eilat, Timna Park is home to over 15,000 acres of land. In the park, you’ll find some interesting rock formations, as well as great desert hikes. The park is also home to a hidden desert lake, where you can go a cool down after hiking. Timna Park is great for those interesting in nature and especially geology. The main draw of the park is its mushroom-shaped red sandstone rock pillars that dot the area. Here you’ll also find the world’s oldest copper mine. Timna Park is definitely one of the more interesting things to do in Eilat.
Go Snorkelling or Diving
The Red Sea is home to crystal clear warm waters and some of the best coral reefs in the world. If you’re looking for things to do in Eilat, exploring the underwater world is an absolute must while you’re there. You can visit the Coral Beach Nature Reserve, relax on the lovely beach, and rent a snorkel for the day. That way, you can jump in and out of the water whenever you want and swim with the fish. If you want a more in-depth view of the sea life, then diving in the Red Sea will be an unforgettable experience. You’ll be able to get an up-close-and-personal view of the colorful fish and marine life, which will be much more interesting than what you can see when floating on the surface.
Visit the Dolphin Reef
Dolphin Reef is another one of the many fun things to do in Eilat. Spend a day by the beach in this area, with the added perk of encountering dolphins in their natural habitat. There are a few observation points from which you can watch the dolphins, or you can opt to jump in the water in order to swim and interact with them. You can also dive with the dolphins to watch them swim under the water. While at the Dolphin Reef, you can also enjoy a water relaxation spa experience or relax by the beach bar.
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See the Fish at The Coral Beach Underwater Observatory
If your preference is staying dry but you still want to see the marine life, then the underwater observatory is the place to go. Boasting a large variety of aquariums, the whole family can enjoy seeing stingrays, turtles, an array of fish, and even a shark tank. Once you’ve resurfaced to land, you can relax by the Peace Terrace in the observatory tower. From here, you’ll be in amazed by the surrounding view of the bay that joins Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Boating on The Red Sea
As you may have noticed, most of the things to do in Eilat involve water, and for good reason. The Red Sea is unique in it’s geographical location, and also for the variety of water sports people can experience. If you want to get out on the open sea without doing something as involved as windsurfing or scuba diving, you can easily rent a boat. Head to the marina, where there will be tons of people offering boats of multiple sized for a fun little tour around the bay. Our personal recommendation is to book a trip for the sunset. That way, you won’t be sailing in the heat of mid-day, and you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset from the water with a view of four surrounding countries.
Take a Day Trip to Petra
Depending on how much time you have in Eilat, we definitely recommend a little trip over the border to neighbouring Jordan. From Eilat, you can easily take a day trip to Petra, where you can discover the ancient Nabatean world. Take a camel ride through the canyon, see the grand Treasury, and explore the Rose City carved into the beautiful pink sandstone walls. The beauty of this day trip is that you can head over to Petra in the morning, and be back in Eilat by dinner time. Or, you can opt for a longer trip to Jordan and also visit places like Amman and Wadi Rum. Whatever you decide, we have the perfect tour to Petra already set up for you.
Relax with Some Shopping
While tourists head to Eilat for the relaxing beaches, warm weather, and variety of water sports, Israeli’s go south for a different reason: tax-free shopping. The shopping in Eilat is some of the best in the country. You’ll find everything from fun outdoor markets with unique souvenirs, to big malls where you can go to escape the heat. In fact, if you want to confuse your senses, you can even go ice skating at the Eilat Ice Mall! Take a break from the sweltering heat, enjoy some leisurely shopping, and stop for a quick skate before heading back to your hotel.
Explore the Desert on a Jeep Safari
Since it’s close to the desert, one of the most fun things to do in Eilat is to head out on a jeep safari. You’ll be able to take in the incredible desert views while enjoying the breeze in your hair. On the jeep safari, you can visit different canyons (called wadis), or you can hike up nearby Mount Yoash for an amazing view of the surrounding desert landscape. Alternatively, you might want to check out a night safari. This way you can enjoy some desert stargazing and discover the area’s nocturnal animals.
There are so many great things to do in Eilat that will be fun for the whole family. The only problem is it may be hard to choose just a few things to occupy your time while you’re there! That’s why you should leave it to our experts to help you plan your amazing getaway. Contact us today to start brainstorming your trip to Eilat.