Dead Sea Israel
The Lowest Point on Earth

Dead Sea Israel is called in Hebrew Yam Hamelach or the Sea of Salt. It is located between Jordan and Israel, being the east coast in Jordanian territory and to the west Israel.

It is known also by the names of Sea of the Arava, Sea of Sdom, Sea of Lot. The crusaders called it the Devil’s Sea. All the names reflect the nature of this very salty lake.




That's me floating on the Yam Hamelach

That's me floating on the Dead Sea Israel


Our own wonder was a candidate for a position on the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We didn’t make the top seven, but were very near and got world recognition which is very important.

It is located between Jordan and Israel, being the east coast in Jordanian territory and to the west Israel.




Dead Sea Mud Treatment

Dead Sea Mud Treatment


Location of Dead Sea Israel

It is located on the Syria African Rift and is the lowest point on Earth, more than  400 meters below sea level.

I remember when as a child we used to draw the maps of Israel, the Dead Sea was one long lake with a narrow area called the “tongue”.

Now this narrow area is dry and the Sea is divided into two well formed lakes the northern and southern parts. This is clearly seen on a Map.


Dead Sea Israel

Dead Sea view from my hotel

Dead Sea Israel view from my hotel


Why is it called like that?

The salinity of the lake is so high, actually one of the highest on the planet, that there is no possibility of marine life in its waters.

Its waters come from the Jordan River that ends on the northern corner of the sea and from little rain that falls during the year.

Also some springs and rivers flow into the sea. But no body of water flows “out” of the Sea.

The high temperatures and the constant evaporation of the waters is what cause the concentration of salt and mineral in its waters.


Daniel Hotel Dead Sea a Deluxe Hotel

Daniel Hotel Dead Sea a Deluxe Hotel


Cosmetics

Since Biblical times it has been visited by many from the whole Mediterranean area.

Great people like King David, King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra visited the area and imported its minerals. 

Products from the area have been used as cosmetics and herbal potions for centuries.

This is a tremendous industry that started here and today you may see the products in any store in America, Europe or Australia.

The curative qualities of these products are world known.



Pools at the Meridien Hotel Dead Sea

Pools at the Meridien Hotel Dead Sea



Dead Sea Israel Hotels

The shores of the sea are covered by many Spa Resort Hotels serving the area. Tourist with skin diseases flock here from every corner of the world for treatment to their illnesses.

All Dead Sea hotels have spa facilities to cater to these clients.  Treatments have been helping patients for years and many tour operators dedicate themselves to organize this kind of tours.

Minerals

On the southwest side of the sea around 1500 employees of the Works harvest the important minerals from the waters. The number one in importance is Potash and it is mainly used in the production of fertilizers

Swimming

It is an experience by itself.  The moment you try to swim you notice that you are floating without any effort. The density of the salt and minerals in the waters makes it dense and thick providing a surface to float. One recommendation, beware of little cuts, it burns like hell. Go out and run to the nearest fresh water shower provided near the beaches.

Sun tanning

You’ll be surprised to find out that you may not need a sun tan lotion. Being over 400 meters below sea level the amount of atmosphere covering the area is 400 meters more that in a regular beach, therefore the ultra violet rays do not penetrate this extra layer and your skin is protected when you are sun tanning.


Ein Gedi an oasis near the Dead Sea

Ein Gedi an oasis near the Dead Sea


  • Ein Gedi – This is a real oasis in the desert. It is located on the northwestern side of the Sea, near Qumran and Masada. It features caves and springs and a variety of flora and fauna. It is mentioned in the Bible and specifically in Shir Hashirim, the Son of Songs of King Solomon
  • Masada Israel - Located on the west side of the Sea and the slopes of the Judaean Mountains, this is a fortress built on a plateau that served as a refuge to the Jews in the times of the Roman. Legend says that the few remaining in Masada committed suicide instead of surrendering to the Roman troops. Masada is today one of Israel’s main attractions visited by thousands of tourist on a daily basis. The view to the Dead Sea and the Jordanian Mountains is awe inspiring.

There are many reasons to visit this area. It is worth making a hotel reservation and staying a few days. It is just an hour and a half from Jerusalem as you go down from 800 meters above to 400 meters below sea level.



For more information go to Israel Tourism Site


Images credits:

ein bokek by xta 11
kalia by darko repert
mud salt by xta 11
masada 1 by mark a. wilson
The hotels images are courtesy of the hotels

images are courtesy of wikimedia commons


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