Lonely Planet puts Negev on ‘Best in Travel 2013′ list

The popular guidebook ranks the Israeli desert 2nd on its Top 10 list of regions to visit.

Lonely Planet says time is running out to experience the Negev Desert as nature intended. (Shutterstock.com)

Lonely Planet says time is running out to experience the Negev Desert as nature intended. (Shutterstock.com)

The Negev Desert area is hot right now – and not just in temperature.

The Lonely Planet travel guide put the area second on its Top 10 list of regions to visit in 2013.

“For decades the Negev was regarded as nothing but a desolate desert. But today, this region is a giant greenhouse of development. Think eco-villages, spa resorts and even wineries. In the next few years a new international airport at Timna is scheduled to open, followed by a high-speed railway to Eilat and more hotels. Time is running out to experience the desert as nature intended,” the guidebook wrote.

There are also numerous music festivals held throughout the year in the area. And, the Negev counts many romantic spots.

Just last week the Conde Nast Traveler magazine also included the desert area on its annual Hot List — electing the Beresheet Hotel at Mitzpe Ramon as one of the world’s best new hotels.

*Lonely Planet says time is running out to experience the Negev Desert as nature intended. (Shutterstock.com)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.mor.376 Rachel Mor

    Thinking of taking a road trip to Arad, doing an Israel agriculture tour and
    I would like to know at what time would I have to hit the road in order to
    watch the sunrise and what is the best way of getting to Masada so early in the
    morning? I’m not planning on renting a car could I take a taxi and how much
    would it cost? Failing that, how about renting a moped or bicycle? Is it
    possible/recommended to rent mopeds in Israel without a driver’s license? Is
    going there by bicycle doable and how long would it take?