Bringing Eilat, Israel to life through the Artza Holy Land blog

Explore Eilat through the Artza Holy Land blog. A pilgrimage through the country and discover the beauty and culture of the birthplace of Christianity.

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By Daniel Goodman
Edited by Itai Schimmel

Updated September 28, 2023.

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Embark on a journey and travel to the Holy Land through the lens of the 'Holy Land Artza Blog' series.

In this series, you will be taken on an immersive journey through the Holy Land. Exploring ancient, biblical and modern stories, magnificent scenery, flavors, traditions, sites and most importantly of all - we will introduce you to the people that call this place home. Along the journey you will meet all of the Israeli artisans and charities that we hep support, and we explore the rich culture, history and beauty of Israel.

And for those of you that want a fully immersive experience of the the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box, are designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed this gorgeous hand crafted gifts foods, locals spices, content, stories, scripture and so much more! Delivered from the Holy Land, directly to your home.

Location: Eilat

Our journey starts in Eilat which is located in the southernmost part of Israel on the Red Sea, and borders two countries: Egypt and Jordan. It is a relatively modern city that developed after the time of Jesus. Therefore, it does not have many historical sights related to Jesus or the early days of Christianity.

However, Eilat is a vibrant city that offers an abundance of activities and attractions. It is renowned for its marine life and coral reefs, and it has some of the clearest waters in the world, with visibility often exceeding 30 meters.

Top Things to do in Israel, Eilat.

1. Mount Sodom: Observe breathtaking views from the top of Mount Sodom - As one of the tallest mountains in southern Israel, Mount Sodom commands an impressive perspective on both Eilat and the Gulf of Aqaba. There are two options for reaching the top of the mountain: either hiking up the mountain or taking a cable car ride for a better view.

2.  Timna National Park: Timna National Park Home to scenic desert landscapes is full of ancient copper mines and other archaeological sites.

3.  Red Canyon: Hiking the stunning Red Canyon in Eilat is an experience that should not be missed. Located just outside the city, this magnificent canyon is filled with breathtaking landscapes and landscapes that will leave you in awe. The canyon walls are made of red sandstone, providing a picturesque backdrop to your adventure. With its winding paths, lush vegetation, and unique rock formations, it’s easy to see why Red Canyon has become one of Israel’s most iconic attractions.

4. Water Life: In the region, there are several underwater observatories, snorkelling and diving locations, and marine parks to be enjoyed. Swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Reef in Eilat is a truly unforgettable experience. Located in the Red Sea, the waters here are home to some of the most stunning and friendly dolphins you will ever meet.

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Biblical significance:

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left: Exodus 14:21-22

According to some Christian theology, crossing the Red Sea is regarded as a type of baptism, representing the passage from slavery to freedom, the passage from death to life, the passage from the old covenant to the new covenant, and the passage from the natural to the supernatural.

Rich history: The Red Sea has a rich history, from the ancient Egyptians, who called it the "Sea of Reeds" and used it for trade and transportation. The Red Sea also holds religious significance for the three Abrahamic religions, with the Israelites crossing it during the Exodus.

Distance from Jerusalem: Eilat is approximately 871 km (541 mi) south of Jerusalem.

What are the countries that border the Red Sea?

Israel, Egypt and Jordan border the Red Sea on the northern shore. Saudi Arabia and Yemen border it on the eastern shore and Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea border it on the western shore. This makes the Red Sea of huge strategic importance - it lies between the continents of Africa and Asia, separating the Middle East and the Far East as well as Asia and Europe.

As we come to the close of our second Holy Land Artza Blog which takes you on a journey through Israel with us, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your participation. It has been a privilege to share with you the beauty, culture and traditions of this land that holds such a special place in our hearts thus far, and we are so excited for what is to come!

For those who seek a deeper connection to the Holy Land, our Artza subscription boxes are the next best thing to actually travelling to Israel, it is the best way to bring the Holy Land to your doorstep. Each Artza box is sent to you from a different region in Israel, and it is packed with up to eight stunning hand-crafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. This is your chance to experience the Beauty of the Holy Land and to support the people of Israel.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon and providing you with the next Holy Land Artza Blog, and of course, welcome to ISRAEL!