Travel Guide: Eilat
Israel's southernmost city. A busy port and popular resort & tourist destination at the northern tip of the Red Sea. Eilat is part of the Southern Negev Desert, adjacent to the Egyptian resort city of Taba to the south and the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east. It's important to note that Eilat is in the desert and it is hot—in fact, it may be the hottest place I've ever visited, so get used to the heat and frequent dips in the Red Sea! The only downside to Eilat is that it has a certain vibe where it feels like the "Miami/Vegas of Israel" because it is a vacation- and party-focused destination. But overall, we experienced some amazing moments such as hanging out and swimming at Mosh Beach, having drinks at Jasper 08 cocktail bar and doing a 4WD Jeep tour that drove us high into the mountains (with spectacular views and landscape).
Food & Drink
1 Mosh Beach • A hip vibe that is packed with 25–35 who are enjoying themselves and dining on mezes and vegetarian eats. Laid back with awesome views of surrounding mountains and good beach space to hangout and dine at.
2 Omer's • Good Israeli and Middle Eastern food that was packed and had a line up both times we went there. Good food and ambience – although they weren't serving cocktails when I went.
3 Lechem Broitman Bakery • This coffee shop and bakery was so good that I have to include it as a restaurant. The sandwiches were incredible and the bakery options were delicious. We enjoyed a well-made cappuccino while sitting on their deck, surrounded by plants and people. The outdoor seating and ambiance made this one of my favourite coffee shops that I've ever been to.
1 Jasper 08 & Tyler • Right at the heart of the newly-renovated Isrotel Agamim lobby is Jasper Johns sister bar, Jasper 08 (JJ is a renowned bar in TLV). This unique mega bar is the ideal setting for an exceptional night out, with its contemporary New York atmosphere. Tyler is a small bar, almost speak easy style, serving up some of the best cocktails in town. If you are looking for a good drink, Tyler is your place.
2 Bardak • A good bar to stay up late at! Located in the center of town, it's atmosphere is described as a European saloon style. We've heard it doesn't get good until 2am, so don't go to early.
3 Mosh Beach • Just as good for drinks as it is for food, Mosh beach shows up twice because it really is that good. Try their white wine sangria or any of there cocktails while going in and out of the Red Sea.
1 Mosh Beach • Mosh Beach is the best beach to visit in Eilat. As mentioned, this beach has a hip vibe and is crowded with 25–35 year olds who are enjoying themselves. Laid back with awesome views of surrounding mountains and good beach space to hangout and dine at.
2 Migdalor Beach • Next to the Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Migdalor Beach is a clean and beautiful beach. On the beach are restaurants and bars with good music and fair prices. The entrance is free and there are chairs, showers and washrooms.
3 Princess Beach • Known as the "southernmost beach in Israel", Princess Beach is in front of the grand Princess Hotel. We did some amazing snorkelling here and basked in the hot Eilat sun.
Other Food & Drink
Other Food • Branja, Pago Pago, Greco, Pastory, Les Sardines, Falafel Blue Boutique
Other Drink • Via Clara, Shama Shama, The Brewery, Branja, Chateau, Three Monkeys, Gaby's
Coffee Shops • Lechem Broitman Bakery and Coffee Market Bakery (beside Omer's)
Activities & Attractions
Activities and Attractions
1 Day trip to Petra in Jordan • A one day Petra Tour from Eilat is an amazing experience. The legendary "lost city" of Petra was carved into the walls of a desert canyon over 2,500 years ago. This tour is a great way to see one of the 7th Wonders of the World. Note: it is a very full day and we felt that we sped through Petra at too quick a pace to fully enjoy it. We may go back for the full experience another day and stay in Jordan!
2 Jeep tour, camel ride and snorkelling • A desert jeep tour that combines camel rides, snorkeling in The Red Sea and a Jeep ride through the mountains. This tour is a great way to visit Eilat's natural highlights by land and sea.
3 Scuba dive in Red Sea • Diving in the Red Sea is great because of the mild temperature of the water and the surrounding landscapes of mountains and desert. However, we found the diving itself to be average due to lack of aquatic life and colourful coral reefs. Overall, we still recommend diving (or snorkelling) because it's easy to do right from the beach and has redeeming features such as shipwrecks and even dolphins (although the dolphins are not native to the Red Sea).
Hotels & Airbnbs
A Golf Residence Eilat • Golf Residence Eilat is a nice property with a beautiful pool. Located just north of the main Eilat strip and central beaches, the location is very good. We were able to walk to all dinner and drink spots. The unit was minimalist with not a lot of Bells and Whistles but it was clean and had the biggest outdoor veranda that I've ever experienced
H Dan Eilat Hotel • One of the nicest and most luxurious hotels in Eilat. The Dan hotel chain is well known for the King David Hotel in Jerusalem where many Presidents, public figures and celebrities have stayed. The Dan Eilat upholds the same standards of quality.
H Herods Palace Eilat • Located in the main "Hotels Zone" this hotel is very central, on the beach and close to restaurants and shops. The rooms look beautiful and the amenities are very good, including their massive pool.