Eilat is Israel’s Southernmost city, a busy port and a popular resort city. It is located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba. The city's beaches, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism.
The 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) North Beach area is full of hotels with opulent names like Herod's Palace and Queen of Sheba. The Tayelet promenade extends the length of the beach front and hosts numerous stalls, street artists, restaurants, and fashionable shops. The promenade has great views of the bay, and each evening it is full of strolling tourists. The southern beach, which has coral reefs, is protected by the Israel Nature Reserve Authority. It has many public beaches and excellent scuba diving centers.
Things to See & Do
* Tayelet promenade
* Central Eilat
* Main beach & Coral beach
* Underwater Observatory
* Dolphin Reef
Cruise Season – Oct - May
Currency – w shekel (₪) (ILS)
Language – Arabic, Hebrew
Population – 47,900 approx
Land Area – 84,789 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 253
Port location – The Port of Eilat is located between the south and north beaches.
Transport Links - All buses in Eilat leave from the Central Bus Station on HaTemarim Boulevard.
Egged express buses drive from Tel Aviv (390/394) and Jerusalem (444) to Eilat hourly, the trip takes around 5 hours.
The cheapest way to get from Europe directly to Eilat is via the nearby Taba International Airport in Egypt. Charter flights to Taba are operated by several airlines, e.g. the German "Condor" (on Wednesdays from/to all major German airports).
Eilat Airport (ETH) is right in the middle of the city. Flights to Tel Aviv are frequent and take only 50 minutes, but is quite expensive. However, tourists can arrive in Eilat on charter flights via the Ovda International Airport (VDA), also known as Uvda, 65 km (40 miles) and nearly a 50 min drive from town.