We are in Israel! Some of you probably already know that from our last blog with Tourist Israel (BLOG).
We have chosen to have our “base” in Eilat, the most southern Israeli city, mostly because our Ryanair flight landed there. We didn’t know much about this city and what we’ve found out is that it is basically resort city on the Red Sea devoted to sun, fun, diving, nightlife and activities in it’s surrounding area. Being very close to Egypt and Jordan, there are several tours you can book from Eilat to Pyramids of Giza and Petra.
It is also a great base for exploring northern Israel. We booked Dead Sea, Jerusalem & Bethlehem tour.
It is the smallest airport we have ever landed in! Even though it is not allowed to take pictures, I managed to snap quick one with my phone :).
- check if you need visa to enter Israel as a tourist
- passport control will give you ENTRY CARD. They do not put stamps in your passports due to “stamp juggle” (several countries denying entry with Israel stamp). Entry card is an evidence of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Keep it with your passport until you leave Isreal.
- passport control will give you EXIT CARD. Keep it with you until you pass passport control in country you are traveling to.
- take a bus to the city! Bus route No.282 will take you from Ovda airport to Eilat Main Bus Station, without intermediate stops! Price is approx. 10 EURO per person, for return ticket. You can buy a ticket from the driver (cash only, in Israeli nis.) or at Ovda airport, next to a baggage carousel at special point. City Transportation website is actually in English and you can even book it online.
- don’t change money on the airport, unless you really need it. If you need it for a bus transfer to the city, then change only exact amount you need for bus ticket. There is “Exchange office” on Main Bus Station (final stop of No.282 bus) with much better rate.
We’ve booked an apartment in the city, close to Main Bus Station and Eilat City Airport, since we wanted to get that “local feels”. However, like I said at the beginning, Eilat is resort city, so you can find numerous hotels on the Read Sea beaches.
- take a bus No.15 from Main Bus Station. It is 15 minute ride that costs approx. 3 EUR.
- bring snorkeling gear, there is live Coral Reef underwater on Dolphin beach
- bring a book, buy a drink at the bar and chill in the lounge located in wooden complex on the beach (you can also find food at the bar for a reasonable price)
- swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Reef
2. Explore the Underwater Marine Observatory
3. Visit Timna Park
4. Try a new water-sport: windsurfing, kite surfing, water skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and parasailing. Wohooo!
5. Relax on the Eilat Beaches
6. Go shopping, Eilat is a tax-free zone! Eilat’s main shopping area is around the Ocean Mall shopping center and along Eilat’s Promenade.
7. Explore the Main promenade! There you will find stylish restaurants, clothing stores, cosmetics & gifts shops and so much more.
8. Try the food!
9. Try 24/7 Eilat bakery!
10. Tag us in your pictures! If this blog helped you with your Eilat trip, tag @dianomaya in your pictures on Facebook or Instagram.
See you next time from Amsterdam! Yes, we are flying back to Europe! Any recommendation for us?
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