Did you ever wonder how low you can go?!
The Dead Sea (which is actually a big lake) is your answer. You see, it is the lowest place on the planet.
Over 400 meters - about 1300 feet - below sea level.
The sea got its name because it is sooooo salty, that (almost) nothing lives in the water. In fact, Israel has become a significant supplier of minerals to the world because of this one natural resource.
Click here for a map of the Dead Sea area, where I will show you the locations of the health beaches and hotels as well as the other great spots in the area (Masada, Ein Gedi and Qumran).
The incredible concentration of salt is responsible for the healing effect that this sea is famous for – especially good for people with skin conditions. So actually the whole place is one big natural spa.
The water contains about 21 different minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.
It is really easy to float on the water due to its high salt content. You can actually read a newspaper while floating on the water if you wanted to.
The black (nasty looking…) mud on the bottom of the sea is also mineral rich. This mud is like magic when it comes to skin diseases or for just making your skin look and feel healthy.
If you can’t make it to this amazing natural phenomenon any time soon, but you still want to enjoy the benefits of the mineral mud and salts, you can visit Cleopatra's Choice - these guys carry authentic Dead Sea mud and salts for very reasonable prices. You can even use the salt and mud to treat skin problems like Scabies.
The north western shoreline is where the health beaches, hotels and other tourist services are. The two therapeutic beaches are Neve Zohar and Ein Bokek.
But there are other things to do besides slacking off while floating and rubbing mud on your body. For example, taking a jeep or a camel tour in the area can be a lot of fun.
You can also try rappeling. That means going slowly down a cliff using a
rope. This is supposed to be safe, but I don’t know for sure… ;-)
History was also written right off the shoreline of this salty lake.
In the surrounding area you can find the
Qumran caves, the place in which the famous
Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
The scrolls are the oldest known biblical documents. The Qumran caves are only about a mile away from the shoreline.
Click here and I will tell you briefly about Qumran and the famous Scrolls.
There are a few other attractions in the area. The two I would recommend to you are Masada and Ein Gedi.
The first is a palace/fortress overlooking the salt sea – there is an amazing true story connected to this site.
The second – Ein Gedi - is a true oasis with springs and diverse plants and wildlife.
So as you can see, this is a must-see for your Israel trip.
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