The Judean Desert was where Jesus, the Prophet Jeremiah, Elijah and John the Baptist all chose to get away from the noisy throngs and seek God. Throughout history, the deserts of Judea and Benjamin served as places of asylum for revolutionaries and those who veered from the mainstream. Today you will see Bedouin, (nomads) with their flocks and tents along the way.
The Negev Desert is Israel’s southernmost region with the resort of Eilat on the Red Sea being it’s largest city. The Negev contains Israel’s most dramatic natural scenery with blue skies, craggy multicolored mountains, acacia trees, and the Ramon Crater. The Red Sea is known for one of the best diving spots in the world, with tropical plants, fish and coral formations. The water stays warm at around 72 F in the winter. The reefs are only 10 yards offshore and make snorkeling a favorite activity. The Negev constitutes about half of Israel’s land mass, but is home to only 6% of the population.