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Mitzpe Ramon and the Craters in the Negev

September 23, 2019

­Mitzpe Ramon and the Craters in the Negev

While Israel has its own charm, there’s something magical about escaping the vibrant city life to a more serene environment. Knowing for its massive sized crater and beautiful night skies, Mitzpe Ramon is the place to be if you are looking to relax and unwind before heading back to the hustle and bustle of city life.  Despite its location in the center of the desert, Mitzpe, a Hebrew word meaning “lookout,” has lived up to its name. The wide, open spaces that surround this fantastic spot make it one of the coolest places to enjoy stunning views of nature.

If you are looking for some desert fun and adventure while vacationing in Israel, a trip to Mitzpe Ramon should be at the top of your bucket list. Besides its spectacular natural attractions that call this place home, Mitzipe Ramon also boasts some of the finest dining and accommodation options in Israel. Words can’t describe how beautiful it is. Regardless of the number of times you visit, there’s something new to explore.

Things to See and Do

Mitzpe Ramon and its surrounding areas have its own fair share of things to see and do. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, family, a group, or on your honeymoon, you will never be disappointed.

Perhaps, you may think the best way to get the most of your trip to Mitzpe Ramon is via the Visitor’s Center, strategically located at the top of the Crater. No doubt, the Visitor’s Center is a great spot to catch stunning views and probably take great photos if you are properly equipped but if you really want to have remarkable travel experience, consider opting for one of the well detailed guided tours with Gold Carpet Touring.

Being in the company of one of their experienced local guides guarantees unforgettable moments. You can cover as many interesting sites as possible if time permits.

One of the best spots to explore is the Zin Valley, which has proximity to Mitzpe Ramon. While at the Zin Valley, you will find wild camels, springs perfect for a refreshing deep, and lovely vistas.  The Spice Route Quarter is littered with several boutique stores, shops, fine dining establishments, and a jazz club to keep visitors entertained.

If you are traveling with kids, don’t miss a stop at Alpaca Farm, a place to get up close with the lamas and alpacas. Your kids will love it. Depending on your choice, the farm features comfortable apartments where you can lay your head for the night.

Your trip will be considered incomplete without a jeep tour of Ramon Crater. Your local guide will take you into the crater, allowing you to take in the scene as you drive through. This is why it is important to bring your camera so you can capture every moment.

For those who love hiking, there are lots of interesting hiking trails to explore, including the Har Ardon Trail and the Negev Highlands Trail.

Getting There

Getting to Mitzpe Ramon is pretty easy. Located about 180 kilometers from Tel Aviv and 161 km from Jerusalem, you can catch a bus from any of these locations to Mitzpe. The road trip will probably take 2 hours on average. On getting to Mitzpe, you can explore the town by car, on foot or by taking the available touring options with Gold Carpet Touring.

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