The Dead Sea, or commonly called the Salt Sea, is the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. It stands about 440 metres below sea level, and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East. The Dead Sea borders several countries of the area, including Jordan in the east, and Israel and West Bank in the west. Part of Palestine Territory also overlooks the Dead Sea.
From anywhere in Israel, visitors can reach the Dead Sea in under two hours by car. However, for those tourists that land in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea is within a 15 minute drive. The capital city of Jordan, Annan, is about three hours from the Dead Sea, but this drive is certainly worth the time. Just make sure Dead Sea hotels are booked before arrival
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Swimming: when it comes to swimming in the Dead Sea, it becomes a totally new concept when compared to the rest of the world. Tourists are often told not to swim on the front, as the extremely salty disposition of the water makes it extremely buoyant. As a matter of fact, for safety concerns of the swimmers, weaker bathers are advised to stay floating on their back. Don’t be concerned when first entering the water too. It may take some time for bathers to trust the buoyancy of the water.
Spa: there are plenty of spas located around the Dead Sea shoreline, in countries like Jordan and Israel. The spas are usually found in hotels, and are a great way to relax in the mineral rich surrounds of the Dead Sea. Regardless of the age of tourists, everyone will be able to enjoy an afternoon at the many spas of the Dead Sea.
Waterpark: if visitors have had enough of the salty water of the Dead Sea, then take some time to enjoy the watery theme parks around the inland sea instead. There are a couple of water parks worth visiting around the Dead Sea, including the Atraktzia Water Park in Israel and Al Wadi in Jordan. These water parks are constantly busy with locals and travellers, and are fantastic spots to spend those sunny days.
Body Cleanse: swimming in the Dead Sea is one thing, but floating is another. However, sitting on the edge of the sea totally covered in mud is at another level in itself! It sounds weird, but don’t be too embarrassed at this activity, as the purities within the mud of the Dead Sea are believed to be extremely therapeutic.
Views: no one will argue with the fact that the Dead Sea is one of the most beautiful spots in the Holy Land. Therefore, why not find a spot to see this magnificent scenery all at once. There is a beautiful place to view the Dead Sea in the country of Jordan called Mount Nebo, which is also a biblical site. From here, the Dead Sea can be seen, as it is only a 10 to 15 minute drive from Mount Nebo.
National Park Tours: there are a number of national parks located within the Dead Sea region. One of the most visited is the beautiful Mujijb Reserve, which is said to be the lowest nature park in the world. This particular park contains some of the most exciting adventure activities in the region, including parasailing, abseiling and climbing.
Masada: is there a more beautiful and historic place to explore in the region than Masada, with its fort nestled on the top of the mountain. It is a world heritage listed site by UNESCO, and can be reached via a cable car and some walking.
Hiking trails and hot springs: the area surrounding the Dead Sea is home to plenty of mountain ranges. Now, with the mountainous landscape come some fantastic hiking opportunities that sometimes lead all the way into the Dead Sea. In addition, hot springs can be found around the shoreline, providing the perfect places to relax for a morning or afternoon.
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