Most flights to Eilat, fly directly to Eilat Airport, which is located in the center of the city. This is not a huge facility, but it provides the same passenger services that you would expect in an international airport. There are cafeterias, shops, telephones, and fax machines. Travelers waiting for Eilat, flights may enjoy free wireless Internet access as well. One way to obtain cheap flights to Eilat, from Europe is to fly into Taba International Airport and charter a flight into Eilat.
When you arrange lodging and airfare to Eilat, you may want to book transportation with your hotel if it is offered. Otherwise, the airport offers shuttle and limo services that you can book online, and there are taxi stands right outside the terminal. You can travel by foot in town for a lot of your daily activities, but there are taxis when you need them. There is a bus station in the town center with service to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and other interesting places, but city buses are limited to the suburbs.
Eilat is populated mostly by tourists, and the main attractions are the beaches and marine life. Many enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving at Coral Beach where they can see all of the vibrant coral reef and sea life protected by Isreal's Nature Reserve Authority. If you want to see the natural wonders of the Red Sea without diving in it, you can visit the Underwater Observatory instead. This is a great place for the kids and anyone who doesn't like to get in the water. History enthusiasts can tour the Negev Desert to learn about ancient trade routes or visit the interesting biblical theme park called Kings City.
The largest shopping center in Eilat is Mall Ha'Yam in Northern Beach, where you can find plenty of shops, banks, cafés, and eateries. If you want to buy souvenirs, you will want to go to the Flea Market and promenade. One of the most lauded food items from Eilat is the ice cream served at Yotvata Kibbutz, which is just a few miles from the center of town. You cannot leave Eilat without trying the Egyptian falafel, which are deep-fried balls of either fava or garbanzo beans. If you want to enjoy the nightlife, there are plenty of discos, bars, and dance clubs in Eilat that offer a wide range of music and drinks.
August 9, 2017