City and resort of Eilat on the Red Sea in Israel

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Israel owns only 12 kilometers of the Red Sea coast in the Gulf of Aqaba, and on this stretch of shore is the country's only Red Sea resort - Eilat. Of course, Eilat has not only hotels, but also a major seaport, a naval base and research centers.

Now the attendance of the resort of Eilat by Russian tourists is growing at a huge pace (note: this article was written in December 2015).

After the ban on the sale of tours to the resorts of Egypt and the cancellation of air travel with this country, Eilat was the only affordable year-round resort for most of the Russians.

Dominican Punta Cana , Thai Pattaya and Phuket and the Chinese island of Hainan are now far and expensive. A replacement might be the Moroccan resort of Agadir , but charter flights do not fly there anymore, as demand has fallen dramatically.

And Eilat is near and the prices for hotel accommodation are available here. The temperature of the sea in winter here rarely falls below 21.5 degrees, and the air temperature in the daytime on the average is 20 degrees. In addition, Eilat is very well-developed tourist infrastructure. There is an oceanarium, a dolphinarium, an amusement park and even an ice rink.

Facts and Figures

Eilat is a city with a permanent population of about 50,000 people. There are about 50 hotels of different categories of 'star' with about 11 000 rooms. This resort is difficult to call 'big'. For example, in neighboring Sharm el-Sheikh, the number of hotels is already approaching 200.

Near the border is the Egyptian resort of Taba , which is much smaller than Eilat. Tourists in Taba with pleasure went on bus excursions to the Dead Sea and to Jerusalem. Now everything has changed a little.

Now Russian tourists from Eilat go on an excursion to Egypt to Mount Moses and to the Monastery of St. Catherine . Eilat is more convenient than Taba for lovers of excursions, from here it is closer to the famous city of Petra in Jordan, and you do not need to cross the border to see the sights of Israel itself.

Features of the resort Eilat for Russian tourists

Unlike the neighboring Egyptian resorts, in Eilat there are almost no hotels with the system 'all inclusive'. There are not more than a dozen hotels in AI.

In Israel, high prices for rest on the system 'all-inclusive'. If the tour with breakfast included in the price can now be purchased for 50,000 rubles (7 nights, 4 star hotel, 2 people in one room), then a similar all-inclusive tour will cost from 70,000 rubles and more. In neighboring Egypt, there is no such difference in prices.

Such a big difference is due to high prices for food and alcohol in Israel . For example, a kilogram of potatoes in Egypt costs about 3.5 Egyptian pounds , and in Israel it costs 4 Israeli shekels . Feel the difference!

Also, Russian tourists are used to hotels with their own beaches in Egypt and Turkey. In Eilat, there are such hotels, but there are not enough of them. More precisely, at the time of publication of this review there are only 8. All of them are classified as 5 stars, and prices for tours for 7 nights start from 110,000 rubles.

The reason for this is the huge shortage of the beach line. In Eilat, only 12 kilometers of the beach, and part of it is occupied by the port and yacht parking, part is used for the dolphinarium and the oceanarium, and the longest strip is allocated for public beaches.

In Eilat will have to live with a walk to the public beach, or even with a trip to it. Public beaches are free, but you have to pay for renting umbrellas and sunbeds.

Eilat is not a full-fledged replacement for Egypt's 'all inclusive' hotels, this must be understood first. It is from this misunderstanding that all negative reviews of tourists follow.

What to see in the resort of Eilat

Coral Beach Nature Reserve is a nature reserve, consisting of 1.2 kilometers of beach and adjacent coral reefs. These are the northernmost coral reefs on our planet. Here live about 270 species of coral and more than 2500 species of marine animals. This is one of the most popular dive sites on the Red Sea.

Coral World Underwater Observatory is a large aquarium with more than 800 species of marine animals. Some sites write that this is the largest aquarium in the Middle East. This is not true, it was once such, but the aquarium in Dubai Mall ahead of him.

Dolphin Reef is a dolphinarium. Unfortunately, they do not like the show here. But you can swim with dolphins.

Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve is a nature reserve where you can see rare desert animals. Animals are in a natural environment, not in cages.

Kings City is an amusement park, stylized with biblical themes. Very colorful place.

Ice Mall - a shopping center with a cinema, attractions, restaurants and shops. There is a real ice rink here. In the Middle East, there is such a fashion - to arrange skating rinks in shopping centers, to recall at least the Dubai Mall .

But the most interesting for tourists is the location of the Ice Mall in a special trade zone. Here, buyers are not charged VAT (VAT), which in Israel, VAT is 17%.

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