Masada

 

Masada is a magnificently located archeological site in Israel’s stark Judean Desert, southwest of the Dead Sea that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Masada, whose Hebrew name means “fortress”, is situated on a dramatic rock plateau with steep cliffs rising on all sides.

The remains of the fortress represents the last Jewish holdout to fall to Rome in 73 CE, and symbolizes the exile of the Jewish nation from the Holy Land.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
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(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Rom HaTayelet

Offering a garden, Rom HaTayelet is set in Arad. Ein Bokek is 15 km from the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The accommodation is equipped with a dining area and seating area with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$99

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Inbar Hotel

Offering an indoor Dead Sea water pool and a sauna, Inbar Hotel is located in Arad, a 20-minute drive from the Dead Sea. Its buffet restaurant serves salads and fish and meat specialities. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$104 - $210

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Zimmer Dora

Overlooking the Dead Sea, Zimmer Dora has a quiet location in Neve Zohar. It provides free parking and rooms with free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette and a furnished patio with BBQ. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $175

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David Dead Sea Resort & Spa

With each of its stylish rooms boasting panoramic sea and mountain views from the private balconies, the David Dead Sea Resort & Spa features a large outdoor pool area, indoor sulfur pools, 3 restaurants and a spa centre. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$138

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Daniel Dead Sea Hotel

Set in the heart of Ein Bokek's hotel area, Daniel Dead Sea Hotel offers a private beach and an extensive spa area with free indoor and outdoor pools. A pub and restaurant are available. WiFi is free throughout. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$131 - $435

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Hotel

Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Hotel

Set right on the beach, Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Hotel features a large freshwater pool. The rooms are elegant and offer views of the sea. There is free WiFi throughout. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83 - $1444

$83-
Gil's Guest Rooms

Gil's Guest Rooms

Set in Neve Zohar, Gil's Guest Rooms features a garden with tables and chairs. It offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV. Each room at Gil's features a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and kettle. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85 - $300

$85-
Hahagala

Hahagala

This chalet-apartment style accommodation is set in a small town surrounded by the desert, Arad. Hahagala offers air-conditioned accommodation units, a lush garden with a seating area and a barbecue and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85

$85-
Desert View

Desert View

Between the city of Be'er Sheva and the Dead Sea, Desert View enjoys a quiet location in Arad. It offers a large garden with BBQ and suites with a balcony plus kitchenette. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85 - $210

$85-
Zimmer Arad Dead Sea

Zimmer Arad Dead Sea

Located at the entrance to the city of Arad, a few minutes' walk from the central bus station, Zimmer Arad offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access. The city centre can be reached with a short walk. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86

$86-
Leonardo Inn Hotel Dead Sea

Leonardo Inn Hotel Dead Sea

Leonardo Inn Hotel Dead Sea is located in Ein Bokek's hotel area, a short stroll from a private beach. The Leonardo Inn Hotel is the perfect choice for guests who want to enjoy a peaceful stay by the beautiful Dead Sea area. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$89 - $228

$89-
Zimmer Mor

Zimmer Mor

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Zimmer Mor is set in Arad, 15 km from Ein Bokek. Beer Sheva is 41 km from the property. The accommodation is fitted with a cable flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and/or patio. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90

$90-
Nadia Hosting Dead Sea

Nadia Hosting Dead Sea

Offering a beachfront location in Neve Zohar, Nadia Hosting Dead Sea features self-catering accommodation with a balcony. WiFi and parking are both free. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90

$90-
Zimmer Dora

Zimmer Dora

Overlooking the Dead Sea, Zimmer Dora has a quiet location in Neve Zohar. It provides free parking and rooms with free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette and a furnished patio with BBQ. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $175

$90-
Mujib Chalets

Mujib Chalets

Featuring free WiFi, Mujib Chalets is just 86 km from Amman. Free private parking is available on site. Featuring a terrace, the air-conditioned accommodation have a sitting area and a dining area. Towels and bed linen are featured. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90

$90-
LeSaNel - Guest House

LeSaNel - Guest House

Offering a garden with outdoor furniture and barbecue facilities, LeSaNel - Guest House is set in Arad in the South District Israel Region. The property is 48 km from Beersheba and 64 km from Ein Gedi kibbutz. Free parking is available on site. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

$95-
Dead Sea Yehuda Apartments

Dead Sea Yehuda Apartments

Dead Sea Yehuda Apartments is a self-catering accommodation located in Arad. Free WiFi access is available. Masada and Mamshit are a 30-minute drive away. The apartment boasts a spacious seating area, sofa and flat-screen TV. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

$95-
Masada Holiday Apartment 80 sqm

Masada Holiday Apartment 80 sqm

Masada Holiday Apartment offers accommodation in Arad, 17 km from Ein Bokek and 40 km from Beer Sheva. The air-conditioned unit is 27 km from Kibbutz Ein Gedi. There is a seating area and a kitchen complete with an oven and a toaster. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$99

$99-
Rom HaTayelet

Rom HaTayelet

Offering a garden, Rom HaTayelet is set in Arad. Ein Bokek is 15 km from the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The accommodation is equipped with a dining area and seating area with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$99

$99-
Luidmila

Luidmila

Luidmila offers accommodation in Arad. The air-conditioned unit is 16 km from Ein Bokek. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The kitchen features an oven. Towels and bed linen are offered at Luidmila. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Martini

Martini

Martini is a double with a balcony, situated in Neve Zohar. The air-conditioned unit is 5 km from Ein Bokek. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. The kitchenette features a microwave and there is a private bathroom. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Desert Sun Apartments

Desert Sun Apartments

Situated 27 km from Ein Bokek, Desert Sun Apartments offers accommodation in Arad. Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, the property is located 50 metres from the Arad Country Club with indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and fitness club. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-

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Cultural
Castles and Forts
There are several ways up to the fortress and archeological ruins of Masada: The fastest way is via cable car. The cable car is based from the east side of the mountain, near the snake path. However, the cable car does not begin running until 8AM, meaning the option in not available to those wishing to experience sunrise at Masada. For hiking options, look under Hiking icon.

One of two hiking routes up is the Snake Path (actually a combination of tracks and steps), accessible from the eastern side of Masada via the Dead Sea Highway. It consists of a series of switchbacks 'snaking' all the way up to the summit. The climb can take anything from 40 minutes to 2 hours or more depending on stamina/speed. Because of the difficulty of the climb, and the path's exposure to the sun, the Snake Path is usually closed from 10am, and many choose to ascend before sunrise.

The other hiking route up is the Roman Ramp. This is not accessible from the Dead Sea Highway and must be approached from a road to the west -- a forty minute detour for those coming from the Dead Sea Highway -- but it is considerably less strenuous than the Snake Path.
Combination
Archeological Sites
King Herod the Great constructed a fortified palace complex atop of this plateau between 37 and 31 BCE. During the Jewish rebellion against Rome in first century CE, a sect of Jews called the Kanai took refuge in isolated Masada. They were known in Greek as zelotes, or the Zealots. After remaining there for seven years, the Zealots finally fell at the hands of the Roman army in 73 CE.

However, rather than be killed or enslaved, it is claimed the holed up rebels chose to commit a mass suicide, a deed which forever enshrined them in the annals of Jewish history. The mass suicide story has never been proven and archaeologists working the site have found fewer than 30 skeletons in total and no sign of any mass burial. While the story may be apocryphal, Masada remains a a symbol of bravery and self-sacrifice since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.

The Herod's palace complex is replete with Roman-style mosaics and bath houses, can be toured. Also viewable are the zealot's synagogues, storehouses, and homes, and the remnants of the Roman encampments.

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