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)
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)