At the lowest spot on the globe lies the Dead Sea, the world’s largest natural spa, a national and global treasure.

This is a breathtakingly beautiful land of canyons, cliffs, and extraordinary zoological and botanical riches.

You are invited to bathe in the Dead Sea (or rather, to float on its surface), and to discover how contrasts can also complement each other.

Salinity and Fertility

For generations, the Dead Sea region was considered “cursed,” due to the high salt level of the ground, which prevented the cultivation of crops and the development of permanent habitation. Only at the start of the 20th Century, did the pioneers begin washing the ground and developing the wonder that is desert agriculture, which is now responsible for 50% of the region’s economy. “The salt in the earth gives the region’s fruit and vegetables a special sweetness and aroma.” (Yossi Tzoffi, Coordinator of the Agriculture and Water branch at the Megilot Dead Sea Regional Council).

History and Future

As well as the historic sites and the stories from biblical times about the Dead Sea region, including those about Masada and Qumran, and Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, the future is being created here. Developing industry, tourism and green activity guarantee the region’s continuity, and attract new residents to join the 2,000 people who have already fallen in love with the lowest spot in the world, and who live here today. The region’s population is expected to reach 14,000 by 2020.

Towering Cliffs and the Lowest Spot on Earth

The Dead Sea is 423 meters (1388 feet) below sea level, the lowest place on earth. It is surrounded on both sides, east and west, by towering cliffs, beloved by hikers and challenge seekers; they include the canyons of Nahal (or Wadi) Darga, Qumran, Arugot, David, and more.

Migratory and Non-Migratory Birds

Half a billion migrating birds fly over the Dead Sea each spring and autumn, finding a resting place at the desert oases on their way to and from Africa and Europe. Many other birds live in the area all year round, like the Arabian Babbler.

Near and Far

The view from the majestic cliffs has an affect on everyone living in or visiting the area. The peaceful and enchanted atmosphere has been a characteristic of the land surrounding the Dead Sea from time immemorial. Here there are no urban centers, and people live in harmony with nature. Some 90 minutes from Tel Aviv by car, and only half an hour from Jerusalem, you can find one of the world’s greatest natural jewels.