Dead Sea, Israel
The Dead Sea known in Hebrew as Yam Ha-Melah the Sea of Salt is the lowest point on earth, surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert.
The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest point on the surface of the earth, and the saline water of the lake give lead to the name ‘Dead Sea’ because no fish can survive in the salty waters. The other result of the salty water of the Dead Sea are their renowned health and healing properties and the unique feature that one can float naturally in them.
The Dead Sea has its western coast in Israel and the West Bank. It is the lowest point in the world at 394.6m below sea level. Currently, 25 km of Dead Sea coastline lie within Palestinian Authority territory, including Qumran and Ein Feshka.
The Israeli side of the Dead Sea is a possible day trip from Jerusalem 39km from Northern Dead Sea via the West Bank, Eilat 220km from Southern Dead Sea, or Tel Aviv 98km from Northern Dead Sea. There are three main road entry routes into the Dead Sea area.
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