An insider’s guide to the Dead Sea

You’ll find the Dead Sea running in-between Israel and Jordan at the lowest point on earth. It is a hypersaline lake, with a salt content of over thirty percent, meaning that no aquatic life can survive in it, hence its name. The Dead Sea has a rich history, so floating in its waters is a great way to connect with the past.

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When to visit

The Dead Sea is worth visiting regardless of the time of year; however if you are not accustomed to spending time in the heat, then it may be best to visit during Spring or Autumn when it is cooler. You can either visit as part of a tour, or you can explore the area on your own. There are a few different beaches you can visit around the lake, and most of them have parking, changing rooms, showers and sun loungers. The Neve Midbar Beach has an air-conditioned restaurant, which is perfect if you are planning on spending some time here.

Neve Midbar Restaurant

The area is incredibly scenic, and you’ll be able to get some amazing photos here, however, if you are planning on venturing into the Dead Sea, then you’ll have an unforgettable experience. You can cover yourself with the cool mud, and let it harden in the sun before washing it off in the sea. The minerals and healing properties in the mud and the sea are incredibly good for your skin and your general health, and you’ll find yourself feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. There are also plenty of activities you can get involved with, for example, at Kalia Beach you can go horseriding.

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How to enjoy your visit safely

There are a few important things to take into consideration before you tick floating in the Dead Sea off your bucket list.

Due to the high salinity of the water, if you get any in your eyes, or in any cuts you have it will sting and be very uncomfortable, so it would be wise to avoid shaving prior to your visit, and if you do have any wounds, ensure they are well covered. You could also wear goggles to protect your eyes. It is also advisable to wear water shoes to avoid stepping on any salt crystals or slipping on wet stones and injuring yourself. You may also want to take into consideration that the salt water and mud could damage your jewellery, and could also fade and stain your swimwear, so don’t wear your favourite swimming costume or trunks!

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Alternative ways to enjoy the Dead Sea

If you are thinking that this sounds a little less glamorous than you would prefer, then you could spend the day at one of the resorts on the Dead Sea and have the best of both worlds. Some of the surrounding hotels have indoor salt water pools, where you can enjoy the same experience as being in the Dead Sea, you can also indulge yourself in a Dead Sea mud treatment in the hotel spa. Some of the hotels have access to private sections of the beach, meaning that you can enjoy the waters, but then quickly return to your room to wash instead of using communal showers. The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is particularly luxurious if you really want to treat yourself.

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Floating in the Dead Sea is a truly unique and special experience, and could end up being the highlight of your vacation. If you are intrigued by this, and think you might like to visit, then follow the tips in this guide to ensure you make the most from your time here.

Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.

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Comments (1)

  1. Singh says:

    We’re drooling while we imagine ourselves in those gorgeous scenes. 💦
    We have dreamed of doing this too. Your DIY trip seems like the way to go for sure.
    Thanks for sharing all the details that can make it a reality. Very cool. 😇

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