Sitting on the shores of the sea where you can’t sink are 15 hotels, B&B accommodations, campsites, youth hostels and a field school.  Beaches, spas, restaurants and cafes, shopping and entertainment, all situated at 425 metres below sea level in the Great Syrian Rift Valley. A geological wonder, a ‘bucket list’ destination in the Middle East and with an extreme climate, this area, contrary to its name, is a vibrant, energetic and dynamic region. The lake has an incredibly high salt content due to evaporation and thus causing the bizarre buoyancy of the water. Floating on the Dead Sea is the Number 1 thing to do here but the surrounding mountainous region is brimming with hiking opportunities, historical heritage sites, including the dramatic Jewish Fort – Masada, and stunning views of the Jordanian ‘Moab’ Mountains just 17 miles across the water.

The local communities (see the communities’ icon) boast several opportunities for flora and fauna as well as nature reserves, ancient synagogue, environmental park recapturing the ancient plant life and botanical gardens that are the absolute definition of the word ‘oasis’.

The Tamar Regional Council is currently expanding (subject to official permission) the Bar Yehuda air strip, situated at Masada that will enable tourists to fly from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea and onto Eilat and may even enable flights from Europe direct to the Dead Sea.  All this will provide easier access for the tourist to this remarkable, unique area.