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“Impressive desolation”
Review of Timna Park

Timna Park
Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Eilat
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Owner description: Surrounded by yellow sandstone mountains on three sides, this scenic valley features ancient copper mines, the red volcanic Mt. Timna at its center and “The Mushroom,” a sandstone rock shaped by wind and water resembling a giant mushroom.
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Impressive desolation”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Take a stretch of bone-dry rocky and pebbly soil, several days’ travel away from the nearest nowhere. At summer temperatures well into the forties (Celcius), you dig a hole in the ground. By hand, of course. Keep on digging and your hole develops into a shaft. You climb down your shaft and start branching out horizontally. From those branches you take the lumps of copper you find and sell them. If you can find a market somewhere, that is. Would you do this for a living? Now, 21st century? Well, people did once, at about the time the pyramids were built.

These mines in Timna Park are the oldest shaft-dug mines in the world. Apart from the mines, the park also has desolate landscapes and weirdly beautiful rock formations. Access roads are good, there are parking places and walking paths (bring sturdy shoes). As a contrast, the park also has an artificial lake with pedalos and a restaurant.

To go there, just rent a car in Eilat (several well-known rental companies are located near Eilat airport’s arrival hall) and drive north along Hwy 90 for some 30 kilometres. And that car will come in handy if you want to visit the Red Canyon as well.

Visited November 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Stepping back in time”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

We were passing by this park and decided to give it a shot and enter and we were not regretful. The park contains so much history and just amazing stone/art we were in awe. I never knew a place in the middle of nowhere could be so rich and often forgotten.

We did not venture and do the hikes as we had a little toddler with us but rove through the park and even got a close look at an excavation which was taking place.

Visited February 2013
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IL
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“Great views, nice trip”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

The site combines both ancient history and beautiful landscape. It fits for all kind of visitors - those who like to walk, and those who like to travel by car.
Not far from Eilat, it is certaily worth coming. Just make sure it is not a very hot day, as the temperture may be extreme.

Visited November 2013
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Netanya, Israel
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“one time visit is enough”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

the site is pretty big, so most of it we saw out of the window of a car.
there is a 30 min. movie about the archeological findings & the life of the miners thousands years ago. there are versions in diff. languages for the tourists.
there is also a gift shop & a small "play ground" where you can fill a small glass bottle with colourfull sand in layers, so it looks pretty cool.

personally, we didnt find much to do there, so one time visit is enough.

since it's in the middle of a dessert, the trip to timna is not recommended during the hot season.

Visited December 2012
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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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“awesome”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Not too much to say - it's just awesome. The road is sometimes harsh, but if you drive carefully, it's ok. The views amazing, the map clear. Restrooms, cafeteria at the lake.

Visited November 2013
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