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Camping in Israel – The Best Places to Sleep Outside

Icon March 13, 2020
Icon By Shai Navon
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A trip to Israel may bring to mind astounding historical locations and marvelous cuisine, but it also represents some of the greatest and most temperate natural diversity in the world. The country boasts a rich tapestry of trails, parks, and outdoor spaces. With the weather warming up, March is a great time to immerse yourself in the Israeli countryside and experience the excitement of sleeping under the stars. 

One amazing thing about camping in Israel is the variety of options the county provides. In the same week, you could camp lakeside at the Sea of Galilee, camp by the beach on a picturesque Mediterranean coast, or trek through the desert amid jaw-dropping geological formations and an unforgettable night sky. 

Here are a few of the best places to spend a night camping out under the stars in Israel:

The Sea of Galilee

Termed a “sea” in the Bible, this body of water will look like a large freshwater lake to most Americans. Its surroundings make for some of the most scenic in all of Israel, from ancient ruins just a hike away, to pristine nature preserves. The tree-lined shore offers a perfect place to pitch a tent, have a barbecue, and get back to nature.

The Sea of Galilee

Mitzpe Ramon

The Ramon Crater (Maktesh Ramon) is an exceptionally unique geological formation. Known by many as Israel’s “Grand Canyon”, it is the largest of its kind in the world. The crater offers scenic hiking and biking, but the magic really happens at night.  Due to its isolated nature (and some helpful light pollution prevention policies from the local municipality), the areas around Mitzpe Ramon offer some of the best stargazing opportunities Israel has to offer. The night sky is clear and vibrant here, and the desert offers an unforgettable experience for watching meteor showers.

Mitzpe Ramon

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Dor HaBonim Beach

Israel’s long coastline offers astounding Mediterranean views. Dor HaBonim, near Haifa, is a picturesque beach spot that will satisfy all of your beach-camping dreams. The coastal strip here accommodates inlets and small bays – perfect for long walks and marine life spotting. And don’t forget to take a dip, too! The short distance from Haifa means that when you’re done camping, you can make the short drive to visit Haifa’s most famous sites (the Bahai Gardens are not to be missed) and enjoy some of the best hummus restaurants in Israel.

Dor HaBonim Beach

Jordan Park

The Jordan Park, positioned around the Jordan River in the north of Israel, is located just a few miles north of the Sea of Galilee. Thickets of bushes and networks of river tributaries create isolated paths perfect for hiking and getting away from it all. This incredible wilderness preserve will make you believe you’ve left civilization for good! Just be sure to pack some tick and insect repellent spray.

Jordan Park

Whether you prefer to be by the water or in the desert, Israel offers diverse options when it comes to spending a night (or two) under the stars. Now that the weather is getting warmer, now is the perfect time to book a camping excursion as part of your Israeli adventure. Enjoy!

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