Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, is noted for its scuba diving and coral reefs, as well as its dolphin population, beautiful hiking routes, beaches, and sunburned visitors. It is now easier than ever to get to Eilat, thanks to an expanding number of airlines offering low-cost direct flights from Europe. Here’s a guide how to spend 48 hours in Eilat, Israel.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Eilat, Israel

Day 1

Morning: Nature extravaganza

Nature extravaganza | How to Spend 48 Hours in Eilat, Israel

Coral Beach Nature Reserve is home to one of the world’s most densely populated coral reefs, so go scuba diving or snorkeling there. In between discovering the delights of Eilat’s underwater environment, you may relax and work on your tan on the sun loungers and umbrellas.

We recommend a jeep trip of the Eilat Mountain Nature Reserve for a dryer but equally amazing experience. Desert Eco Tours will take you off the main path, first on camels and then by 444 to the peaks of the mountains, where you will observe wildlife such as ibex and enjoy breathtaking views of Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

Afternoon: Go underwater, while staying dry!

Escape the searing midday heat by visiting the Coral Beach Underwater Observatory, where you can learn about the Red Sea’s amazing marine life. The observatory consists of two viewing halls with enormous glass windows that offer amazing natural views of Eilat’s breathtaking coral reefs and sea life. It is a tower that submerges 12 meters beneath the water. There’s also a darkroom where you can see the amazing bioluminescent “flashlight” fish, 40 fish tanks, a shark pool, and an immersive oceanarium at the marine park.

Evening: Catch some live music or grab a cocktail

The Three Monkeys Pub, located on the Royal Beach Promenade, is Eilat’s oldest pub and is known for its weekly live music and DJ events. It features a dance floor, good pub fare, and a beautiful outside dining area where you may relax while enjoying the sea breeze. It is open till late.

Alternatively, 5th Avenue Eilat, a stylish New York style cocktail bar and restaurant where imaginative beverages are matched by outstanding food and a vibrant ambiance, is a more high-end option.

Day 2

Morning: Hike the stunning Red Canyon

Hike the stunning Red Canyon
How to Spend 48 Hours in Eilat, Israel

One of Israel’s most stunning hiking trails may be found near Eilat. To avoid the hottest part of the day, get up early and go for a stroll along the Red Canyon, just outside of town.

This trek is not to be missed because of its beautiful red color, which is a result of the bright sunlight, as well as its tight, winding track and towering rock formations. Beginners and advanced hikers will enjoy the paths, and Tourist Israel, a well-known tour operator, offers a shuttle service to and from the highlands.

A tour of Timna Park, one of the most popular places in the Negev Desert due to its stunning rock formations and historic sites, including the world’s oldest copper mine, is a less strenuous excursion that will also transport you to the desert.

Afternoon: Beach, mojitos and dolphins!

You’ll undoubtedly want to relax by the beach after a long hike. Eilat is fortunate in that it has a plethora of them, the most attractive of which are Mosh’s Beach, Princess Beach, and Dekel Beach. Take a seat on a sun lounger with a cocktail and take in the sea breeze!

Visit the Dolphin Reef Beach, which is home to a school of dolphins living in their natural habitat (they are not kept captive!). It is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have in Israel. You can swim with them for thirty minutes for about 290 shekels ($84). This is one of Eilat’s most popular sights, and it should not be missed.

Evening: Dine in style at Pedro Restaurant

Dine in style at Pedro Restaurant | How to Spend 48 Hours in Eilat, Israel
How to Spend 48 Hours in Eilat, Israel

Pedro is one of Eilat’s best restaurants, located away from the tourist traps in a residential area. It specializes in fresh, high-quality meat that is matured on site, as well as a wide wine collection, and is located in a pleasant, isolated garden.

The food is an eclectic mix of wonderful flavors, ranging from fish dishes (always fresh from the fisherman’s net), such as salmon and avocado ceviche, to salads made with market-fresh ingredients, and, of course, meat, such as beef fillet with artichoke, garlic, and cherry tomatoes served in a cream and pesto sauce. This is a gastronomic adventure that will ensure you have a memorable trip!

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