Surrounding Attractions of the Dead Sea

Not only is the Dead Sea a geological wonder of the world, it is also surrounded by plenty of tourist attractions. Here are some of the most notable places in the Dead Sea region:

Qumran

The caves of Qumran are the location of one of the paramount religious discovery of modern times. It was here that in 1947 a Bedouin shepherd came across a stash of parchment and papyrus documents dating way back to the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD Recognized as the Dead Sea Scrolls, they are the oldest surviving records of the Bible and houses all the books of the Old Testament, alongside Apocrypha, and various writings that portray the life in the time of Jesus Christ. The manuscripts are composed by the Essene community: a strictly-observant and puritanical Jewish group that emerged circa 150 BC, after clashes in Jerusalem over superficial Temple rites and Hellenistic influences. They established their base at Qumran, and although it was wiped out by the Romans, the Essenes managed to cover their library and archives within the surrounding caves where they were finally uncovered. All in all, more than 500 Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek manuscripts have been found in 11 caves at Qumran.

Arad

Arad, founded in 1961, is best recognized for the important Tel Arad archaeological site. The Canaanite town excavated here has its roots planted all the way back to the 2nd millennium BC, with a palace and a temple to precinct to the northwest of the site and to the south-west, residential grounds. A series of walls, which was reinforced by round towers and erected up to the citadel on the acropolis—still shows evident traces. The structures on the acropolis that can be seen today date from the post-Canaanite period. They were constructed over a period of more than a thousand years, extending from the early Israelite all the way to Roman times. You can now witness rebuilt walls of the citadels, which is surrounded by massive towers. Within the walls lie traces of various stone-rims and a Hellenistic tower. However, the most significant building is the Jewish temple in the northwest of the citadel. The temple is the sole Jewish sacred building of its kind so far brought to light by excavation. Since excavation is not allowed on the Temple platform in Jerusalem, the Arad temple was destroyed a number of times, but rebuilt, is therefore of great relevance to archaeology and the history of religion.

Ein Boqeq Beach

Located on the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea, this resort features a mineral spring that has been used for therapeutic purposes. Additionally, the resort itself presents a bundle of hotels where you could sit back, relax, and play your favorite games by casino Gowild through the establishment’s Wi-Fi, and spa locations for those looking to treat skin ailments that the Dead Sea is known to cure.

Wadi David

Wadi David is one of the two valleys that connect En Gedi Nature Park. This area of dense vegetation—in contrast to the desert hills—is a hotspot for hikers and wilderness enthusiasts. The trek from the waterfall up to En Gedi Spring where, northwest of this, you’ll witness the remains of a 4th millennium BC Chalcolithic temple devoted to the cult of the moon. In the middle of the building rests a circular ‘Moon Stone’, while two gates of the sacred precinct lead to the EnGedi Spring on one side and the Shulamite Spring on the other. From the Shulamite Spring, a trail leads north to the Dodim Cave above the waterfall. From the temple, a path runs northwest to the Dry Canyon and west to a square Roman fort and an Israelite stronghold.