The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth (417 meters below sea level) and the saltiest body of water. The revitalizing properties of its air and water have earned it the title of lowest health spa in the world. The western shore is dotted with beaches, spas, and accommodations at all levels, amid fascinating arid-zone agriculture. The Judean Desert gets up-close and personal via jeep, bicycle, camel and rappelling. The spectacular antiquities of Masada, Qumran and the Ein Gedi oasis are minutes away, as are forays into the world of desert monasticism at nearby monasteries.
Photographer: Arye Tenenbaum.