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Springs of Ein Gedi

Listed under Hot Springs in Israel.

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Travel through the deserts of the Holy Land and at some point, you'll get tired of it. Your eye, whether you think so or not, appreciates life and greenery, and what better way to see vegetation than going to an Oasis? The valley of Ein Gedi (fed by the springs) is almost literally a direct transition from harsh, rough, tan desert to cool, green, relaxing forest. The nearby kibbutz also offers a wonderful botanical garden.

The four springs trickle down the rocks, and if you stick your hand in you'll be pleasantly surprised at the marvelously cold temperature of the water. Of course, you'd be silly to only stick your hand in. Bring a bathing suit and cool off in the (surprisingly deep) pools of water formed by the spring-fed streams. A word to the wise: The last time I visited, we jumped in and had a great time, and only realized afterwards that the pool we had jumped in was off limits! Or so the sign said. I've seen a lot more people swimming than signs saying no, so go ahead and swim to your heart's content.

Also nearby is the Dead Sea. I would suggest you visit the Sea first, then the pools, if only to wash off the salt.

Written by  Robert Evans.

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