Ein Gedi at the Dead Sea – the famous reserve and national park of Israel. The unique location – in the Judean desert. Washed away from the West by the Dead Sea, gave the reserve an unsurpassed atmosphere.
History of the Kibbutz.
In ancient times, a prosperous ancient settlement was located on the site of Ein Gedi. Surrounded by vast green pastures, and fed by clean mountain springs. It was from those times that the name Ein Gedi went. Literally denoting “goatling source”. The name stuck. Even though animal breeding was not a strong feature of living there! His fame Ein Gedi acquired because of balsamic means and incense. The main component of which was obtained from the then existing shrubs “afarsemon”. For exotic balsams, many foreign merchants gathered, thereby developing the city. The abundance of fruit trees growing in the valley also added to the popularity of the city.
The city was destroyed many times due to the attacks of enemies. However, Ein Gedi was restored from the ruins every time. Nomads managed to finally destroy the city only in the 7th century. After many centuries, modern archaeologists discovered this unique place during the excavations.
In the early 40’s a group set off to the Israeli desert. Young and ambitious people, deciding to turn the ancient ruins into a blooming oasis. Time passed, barren land for a long time gave the first shoots. A small group of people was replaced by an entire community. Children enthusiasts needed training, send them to large cities was expensive. So the infrastructure of the town began to develop.
In 1994, Kibbutz Ein Gedi received the title of botanical garden. The number of copies of the garden has more than 900 plants. Brought from different parts of the world to create a beautiful oasis. A factory was built on the territory of the town, which adopted the traditions of the ancients. The plant produces mineral water from a pure natural source. In addition, the company “Ahava” was built here. Manufacturing cosmetics for the whole world with components from the Dead Sea.
Ein Gedi Nowadays.
Today, Ein Gedi National Park is divided into four main areas. You can find list of the route of the bus with all its stops to cover the modern city.
Field School Nahal David.
Here are the national park and the nature reserve Ein Gedi. The park has a unique opportunity to wander among the remains of an ancient synagogue. Archaeological excavations around which are still ongoing. A natural reserve, according to the National Geographic magazine, is one of the best places in the world that you should definitely visit. Here you can find the amazing beauty of the waterfalls, many caves and cold mountain streams.
Parking Ein Gedi.
The heart of the infrastructure of the city. Here is a car parking and gas station. Tourists traveling by car will be able to leave it in the parking lot and enjoy plenty of walking around the area. A small restaurant is adjacent to the local beach, free to visit. Here is one of the merits of Ein Gedi Dead Sea. Its proximity allows you to stroll along the coast or swim.
Turn to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.
Since the city was actually destroyed by nomadic tribes, after which Ein Gedi rose from the ruins only in our time. Then in its place a commune arose. Kibbutz took over all the traditions of the ancient city that disappeared from the face of the earth many centuries ago.
Turn on Ein Gedi spa.
The highlight of the city is Ein Gedi’s unique spa on the Dead Sea. Famous beauty and wellness treatments are complemented by Ein Gedi hot springs. Here you can not only relax, but also restore health. From the spa complex to the excellent modern beach just a few hundred meters, which allows you to make the rest even more intense.
Reserve Ein Gedi in Israel.
The undoubted highlight in the tourist tour to Ein Gedi is a visit to a nature reserve. It is possible to reach it only by a long highway at number 90. Which leads from north to south of the country.
The Ein Gedi nature reserve in Israel is best visited either in late spring or in early autumn. Going for a walk is better in the morning. Hot months – July and August are absolutely undesirable. The weather simply will not allow you to enjoy all the beauty of nature conservation. Having made any walk exhausting.
In addition, all visitors are highly recommended to take a trip with at least 2 liters of clean water per person. Reserve hours vary throughout the year. So, from April to September, the park is open from 8 am to 5 pm. From October to March: from 8 am to 4 pm.
Each tourist at the entrance receives a full map of the reserve. All possible walking routes are marked on the map. There are quite simple. There are complex ones – they cover a much greater distance. The map shows the main route chosen by many tourists. This route lies along the mountain stream to the David Falls. And on the way you can look at the ancient synagogue and stroll among the ruins of past greatness. In addition to it, you can choose a long walking route along the path near the stream and further into the desert, past the falling waterfall.
The reserve is crossed by a canyon. Along the bottom of which is a winding path that leads to the well of David. The Well of David is another attraction that all travelers strongly advise to visit. This is a historic place located in a grotto, where the falls of David fall. According to legend, it was in this grotto that King David hid, fleeing from enemies who wished to kill him.
Oasis in the desert.
A picturesque oasis in the middle of the desert was created thanks to the creeks David and Arugot, descending from the top of the Judean mountains. Sources of clean and clear water initiated the production of mineral water of the same name, famous for its healing properties.
Colorful island of nature in the desert exists due to the abundance of mountain water. Many plants grow here because of the favorable environment – warm and humid. Oasis is a favorite place to visit not only foreigners, but also Israelis themselves.
Animals – mountain goats, foxes, Cape damans, leopards, wolves and hyenas freely dominate in the reserve. In addition to animals, there are many birds that allow tourists to feed themselves and even take them in their arms.
Beaches of Ein Gedi.
Special attention should be paid to the fact that the city is located on the shores of the Dead Sea. In Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea is a permanent tourist destination. The town has a free rocky beach. Free to visit by both citizens and guests of the oasis of Ein Gedi.
City beach is not equipped with changing cabins and sun beds. However, it has plastic umbrellas to protect guests from the hot sun. There is a shower to wash seawater from the body, public toilets.
On the city beach is very uncomfortable descent to the water. Therefore, it is recommended that everyone take special shoes with them – not only the coast is dangerous, but also the seabed.
The private beach owned by Ein Gedi SPA is equipped with much better public. Since it is on it is the majority of tourists coming to the city. The beach is also rocky, but it has bridges for descending to the water and diving into the sea. In addition, there are sun loungers with umbrellas, fully sheltered from the sun.
Infrastructure of the city.
You can enjoy in Ein Gedi not only the picturesque nature, but also a lot of exotic goods produced only in this town. It was on the territory of the kibbutz that the “Ahab” cosmetics factory was built. In its composition is used the mineral gifts of the dead sea. Therefore, a factory store is the best place to buy popular caring cosmetics.
In the kibbutz there are many small shops where merchants sell souvenirs. As well as small restaurants where you can eat after a long walk. There are also hotels in which you can stay for a few days in order to fully relax.
Healing journey to Ein Gedi.
You can get to the reserve on simple buses that run daily flights from major cities: Israel and Jerusalem. This is a stunning corner of the world to which many families come to recover and relax in the fresh air. Leaving all the problems out of the colorful oasis.
Best season: spring, autumn, winter.
Address: Road 90, Ein Gedi, Israel. About 1 km north of kibbutz En Gedi.
Official Page: Ein Gedi on the website of the Ministry of Parks of Israel.
- Sunday – Thursday and Saturday – 8:00 – 17:00.
- Friday and eve of holidays – from 8:00 to 16:00.
- Sunday – Thursday and Saturday – 8:00 – 16:00.
- Friday and eve of holidays – 8:00 – 15:00.
- On the eve of the New Year, on the eve of the Day of Atonement and on the eve of Easter: 8:00 – 13:00.
Important: Last entrance is one hour before closing.
Cost of Attendance.
- A single ticket includes the entrance of Nachal David and Nachal Arugot, an ancient synagogue. Adult – 28 NIS, Child – 14 NIS.
- The entrance ticket to the ancient synagogue. Adult – 14 NIS, child – 7 NIS.
Worth a look.
- Source Ein Gedi.
- Creek Nahal David.
- Ancient Synagogue.
How to get to Ein Gedi from Jerusalem?
Every hour a daily route: Jerusalem – Ein Gedi buses depart from the central bus station in Jerusalem. Find following bus numbers # 486, 421.
To be at the beginning of the route, you need to get to the reserve Ein Gedi. Park at Tel-Goren hill, near the entrance to the Nahal Arugot parking.