Beer Sheba Travel

Beer Sheba, or Be’er Sheva as it is also known, is the gateway to the Negev Desert, the more sparsely populated arid area of southern Israel. This sizeable city of 185,000 inhabitants was a major crossroads on the ancient trade route. Some 3,700 years ago Abraham dug a well here to water his flock and made a covenant of peace with Abimelech, hence the name which means “Well of the Oath”. The same stone-enclosed well can be visited at the corner of Derekh Hebron and Rehov Keren with most guided Beer Sheba travel tours.

 

This Beer Sheba travel destination has been an attraction for centuries, on the intersection between two ancient roads: The Via Maris or Way of the Sea which runs along the shoreline to the west, and the Valley Route or King’s Highway in the east, so travel to Beer Sheba is nothing new!

 

Beer Sheba travel tours will reveal the history of the area with the nearby fascinating site of Tel Beer Sheba which contains the rich remains of a walled city and now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No vacation in Beer Sheba would be complete without visiting the site which was in the center of the Limes Palestinae, the Roman defense chain of fortresses.

 

More modern history can also be discovered on a Beer Sheba vacation to this university city; the only city in Israel founded by the Ottomans. The Governor’s house, now home to the Negev Museum of Art, the first mosque, the water tower which supplied the steam trains with water and the Saraya date back to 1906 and tell a fascinating story of Beer Sheba under Turkish rule. One popular Beer Sheba travel hotspot which dates back to Bedouin times is the weekly market. Now modern-day clothing and footwear is sold alongside copper pans, glassware, mats, cushions and more traditional Bedouin commodities – sheep and camels!

 

The Negev Desert is one of Beer Sheba tours’ itineraries where a local guide can give accompanied walking tours to some of the main sights in the Negev Desert. Although the area does not have Sahara-like sand dunes, its lack of rainfall (less than 200mm per year) qualifies it as a desert region with dry river beds, archeological sites, springs and historical compounds to visit.