Set in the Judean Desert, Arad is known for its rich history and vibrant arts and cultural scene. It’s a hotspot for ecotourism, with easy access to the Israel National Trail, Tel Arad National Park and sparkling Dead Sea.
Things to do
History enthusiasts will be in their element at Tel Arad National Park, as some sites date back to the Bronze Age. You can wander around the ruins of an Early Canaanite walled city or gaze up at the remains of an Israelite temple.
If you want to stretch your legs, Arad is a jumping point to the Israel National Trail. The iconic route stretches across the entire country, though most prefer to do it in sections. For sweeping views over the Judean Desert, head to the Mo'av Lookout. The gleaming white monument is perched on the outskirts of the city and commands knockout vistas.
Arad prides itself on being the first modern town in the Negev region. Housed in the Centre for Culture, Youth and Sports, the Arad Historical Museum recounts the captivating history of the desert town. Inside you'll find exhibits on desert landscapes and local artists.
Arad is a great base for day trips to Ein Bokek, a lively resort town on the southern shores of the Dead Sea. Spend the day floating in the turquoise water, indulging in therapeutic treatments and strolling along the waterfront promenade.
The easiest way to get around Arad is on foot. If you want to day trip to nearby sites and attractions it’s best to hire a car or private driver. Ben Gurion Airport is located around 130 kilometres from Arad.