Avdat National Park

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Avdat National Park
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from A$702.06
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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In the heart of the desert, on a hilltop above the Tsin Stream watercourse, are the impressive remains of an ancient Nabatean city.
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Indigenous17
Tel Aviv District, Israel79 contributions
Fantastic site
Dec. 2020 • Couples
I love the Negev but hadn’t been to Avdat NP yet. We are hikers so we left the car at the welcome center and hiked up to the city, but I realized the brochure guides you from the back of the site so we walked quickly to the Roman tower. The map/guide gives a little information so it’s good to watch the short film after you buy your entry. There is a lot to see and the views at several spots are amazing. Take a detour behind the Roman barracks and you can see all the way to Ein Avdat.
Written 21 December 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,135 contributions
Unexpected UNESCO Ancient Nabatean City in the Negev
Dec. 2019
Unfortunately, due to rain we were unable to explore this UNESCO Heritage Site that we unexpectedly stumbled upon along Highway 40 in the Negev. This ancient city of the Nabateans was located along the Incense Route between 1st Century BCE-7th Century AD, second only in importance to Petra in Jordan. Perched upon a plateau high above the desert, it was the modern metal outlined sculptures of a camel caravan that alerted me to the site. We stopped below for gasoline and a McDonald's hamburger, which hit the spot after several weeks of Mid-Eastern dining.
Written 28 November 2020
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Dikla D
Tel Aviv, Israel616 contributions
beautiful place
Jul. 2020 • Friends
Lovers of the desert and the biblical landscapes will greatly enjoy the place. One of the pearls in the Israeli desert. There are several hiking trails for different levels of difficulty. On the trail you can see goats roaming free. Note that along the trails there is no shade and it is very hot, it is important to bring water, a hat and sunscreen
Written 25 July 2020
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Karen S
New York City, NY5,184 contributions
Ruins of an ancient Nabatean city
Jul. 2020 • Couples
This ancient Nabatean city is in the desert on what is called the “Perfume route”. It is an approved UNESCO World Heritage site. After you pay the entrance fee they open the gate and you drive up the mountain to visit the ruins. You can see temples , the fortress, churches as they had converted to Christianity. Definitely worth visiting
Written 9 July 2020
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SUSAN M
Hollywood, FL144 contributions
Exhilarating Hike
Dec. 2019
Avdat National Park is south of Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev. Avdat was a small Nabatean settlement on a trade route for incense. It flourished from the 3rd century BCE to the 3rd century CE and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For me the exciting part of this Park was the hike through the valley along the stream that has cut a deep rift in the soft stone of the Negev highlands. The wadi was narrow and beautiful. After a short walk the path led upwards to the plateau hundreds of feet above. The climb was steep with steps, metal handholds and ladders. The views were spectacular, the exhilaration tremendous. In my 70's, I couldn’t believe I was able to do it. At the top we noticed ibex across a ravine.
Written 12 February 2020
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA854 contributions
A beautiful desert park, impressive Nabatean ruins
Oct. 2019
Located in the Negev Desert, Avdat National Park's main attraction is the ruins of the Nabatean city of Avdat (or Obodat), estimated to have been built around the 4th century BC, on a mountain ridge overlooking the desert and originally intended as a camping ground for the caravans travelling of the Negev portion of the Spices Road. Purportedly, the name of the city was to honor the Nabatean king Obodat I, who was buried here. The ruins are extensive and offer impressive views of the surrounding desert. It is one of those places where you feel tempted to let your imagination go and try to visualize how the the place must have looked like in its prime, a long, long time ago...
Written 12 January 2020
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sidi1
USA5 contributions
Superb site to visit
Dec. 2019 • Friends
A must go visit if you are in the area and like archeological sites. Superb site built by the Nabateans.
Written 29 December 2019
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Yitzchak M
Ramat Gan, Israel1,136 contributions
Wonderful taste of ancient Middle East history! Be careful hiking up - no signs!
Nov. 2019
The ruins of the temple and fortress on the top of the hill are impressive. We chose to hike up to the top of the hill through the ancient town perched on the side of the hill under the temple as was done throughout all civilations, including the Greeks AND the Jews (Jerusalem). In fact, these ruins very much reminded us of the ruins of the acropolis at Lyndos on the Isle of Rhodes (the second largest acropolis after Athens). The Nabateans had converted to Christianity and the ruins of their churches were also present. The view of the surrounding desert and mountains is astounding. Do not miss the video presentation at the beginning. It tells you all you need to know to appreciate what you are looking at. My only complaint was that the hiking trail up to the top disappeared half way up at the ruins of the ancient town. No signs, no markers. We tried to guess and ultimately got lost on a difficult patch of rocky terrain. We later discovered that when we had turned to the right, we should have gone left. We carefully went back down and took the car up to the top. When we complained to the lady supervisor of the site, our complaint of no signs and getting lost was met with total indifference. No apology. No promise of having this matter looked into. Nothing. What should have been and could have been a 5-star experience lost one of its stars due to the mismanagement of the site.
Written 8 December 2019
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ701 contributions
Impressive site, gorgeous views
Nov. 2019
Avdat ended up among my favorite archaeological sites in Isreal. It is an impressive Nabatean city located high above a desert valley. You can watch an intro movie at the visitor center (in one of 14 different languages - they are all available on YouTube), and then drive up the mountain to park close to the site - or you can walk up, if you so choose. The site is a mix of standing structures and shapeless ruins, but there is enough of the outline, and quite a few stopping points are quite remarkable. To say nothing of the gorgeous views down to the desert. I was practically alone at the site on a mid-November morning. An hour-plus will be enough for most people.
Written 30 November 2019
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lga-tlv-cmh-bos
Boston, MA28 contributions
This place is gorgeous
Nov. 2019
Next time we want to allow enough time to go on the long route, but even the short one is exquisite.
Written 25 November 2019
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