When you explore Sde Boker, Israel, you will definitely be surprised by your discovery of some amazing natural scenery. Sde Boker is a state that located in southern Israel. This place is famous because it is the retirement home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. Additionally, the name Sde Boker refers to the ecologic settlement and educational complex, Ben-Gurion College. Here is our list of the best place that will give you some insight if you are considering visiting Sde Boker, Israel.
1. Ben Gurion's Tomb
Ben Gurion’s Tomb National Park is located 3 kilometers (1.86 mi) south of the Sde Boker kibbutz. Here, Ben Gurion was buried side by side with his wife, Paula, in the center of the park. Surrounded by a beautiful canyon, you will not be regret visiting this place because you’ll learn a lot about the life of the first prime minister of Israel and history of the state. Other than that, this is a great place for you to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy breathtaking views of Nahal Zin Valley and the Negev Desert. There is also a large car park that provides easy access, and no fee is required to enter the National Park.
Ben Gurion's Tomb
Address: Sde Boker, Southern Israel
Website: Ben Gurion’s Tomb
Another place to go when visiting Sde Boker is Avdat. Avdat is an amazing place that is full of history. Also known as Abdah, Ovdat, and Obodat, this place is a part of ruined Nabatean. Today, Avdat is acknowledged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is well preserved. One of the interesting things that happened here is that it was used as a filming location for Jesus Christ Superstar. This place is incredibly interesting and you can enjoy spectacular views from the top of the hill. You also can enjoy the history of the temple of Oboda. The temple was built for the worshipping of the Nabataean king Obodas II and was used as an eternal resting place. This temple is near two other temples, a Christian chapel, and a western temple.
Address: Near Sde Boker
3. Boker Valley Vineyards Farm
Don’t miss a to visit Boker Valley Vineyards Farm! You will never regret it when visiting this place. It is suitable for a leisurely vacation either with family or friends. Surrounded by its own vineyards and organic olive trees, this place is the best place for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the spectacular desert views, especially at night. This place also provides a cabin for those who want to stay here. You can do lots of activities here such as barbecuing, visiting the wine cellar, or partaking in a wine tasting. Amazingly, you can try the wines for free in the cellar that stores up to 40 different wines from the Negev region. This place is located around a 10-minute drive from Avdat National Park. So if you want to try a type of accommodation that far from the busy city, this place is recommended for you.
Boker Valley Vineyards Farm
Address: Near Kibutz Sde Boker, Ramat HaNegev Regional Council
Website: Boker Valley Vineyards Farm
4. Ben-Gurion's Hut
Ben-Gurion’s Hut is the retirement home of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife. They lived here from 1953 until Ben-Gurion’s death in 1973 and now this house has been preserved as a museum. In the museum, you can enjoy lots activities such as watching a documentary on Ben Gurion’s life, crosswords and riddles, matching games using ropes, and planning the development of Negev on sand tables and embossed maps. The museum is divided into three parts. The first part of the exhibition is the biographic wall that illustrates Ben-Gurion life. The second part illustrates the life of Ben-Gurion, how he developed Negev, and his contribution to the economy. The last part of the museum shows his achievements. Throughout the exhibition there is a display of Ben-Gurion’s documents, letters, and personal belongings, as well as video and computer station for visitors to learn more deeply about him.
Address: Kibbutz Sde Boker
Website: Ben-Gurion’s Hut (in Hebrew)
5. Ein Akev oasis
Enjoy a wonderful views at Ein Akev. Here you will find an amazingly clear oasis under a small waterfall. It’s a nice place to swim and is refreshing after a long day exploring Zin Valley. The oasis is very deep even in summertime and this place is a source of drinking water for the birds, and other animals as well as a place for animals to bathe. To get there, it requires a 2 hour hike from Ben-Gurion College, or you can reach the oasis in a 4x4 vehicle.
Ein Akev oasis
Address: Midreshet Ben-Gurion
Website: Ein Akev oasis
6. Ein Avdat National Park
Ein Avdat is absolutely the most attractive and beautiful place you should go when you visit Israel. Located in the heart of the Negev Desert, Ein Avdat National Park will offer you a spectacular view from the top of the hill. The most amazing views of Ein Avdat and the Zin Valley can be seen from Ben Gurion’s grave in Midreshat Ben Gurion. You can also see the longest valley in the Negev as a result of the water flow. According to archaeologists, Ein Avdat was populated by Nabateans and Catholic monks. There are two entrances and the best way is from Ben Gurion’s Grave and another way is 5 km (3.1 mi) south.
Ein Avdat National Park
Website: Ein Avdat
Sometimes you should go explore something different to deepen your knowledge. Traveling is not only about visiting a popular and famous place but also to explore a rare place, which will make you more knowledgeable about the world and its cultures.
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