The polar opposite of Israel’s snowy mountains is Israel’s largest desert, the Negev. It’s an attractive destination for many locals in the wintertime because it only rains about 20 days per year, which makes 90% of the desert winter hospitable and welcoming. Though at night, the temperatures can sometimes dip below 50 F.
On top of the Israeli desert’s natural beauties, new rivers pop up every winter after a heavy torrent that creates localized floods. Following every flood, the desert will boast newborn and temporary rivers, which are an absolute joy to watch.
The Israeli desert also hosts several varied and unique ancient sites that should not be missed regardless when you are visiting. For example, Timna, where locals were mining copper in ancient times; the Nabatean city of Avdat and the Roman town of Shivta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visits to Israel don’t have to be carbon copies of each other. Israel has so much to offer than most brochures suggest. So, if you come on over to the Holy Land for a visit, make sure you’re getting the most out of the trip and enjoy unique experiences that are only offered during the wintertime. Stay warm!