Mitzpe Ramon in the center of the Negev Desert is a small town, located on the way to Eilat and a stop to explore the amazing Machtesh Ramon or Ramon Crater, as is commonly known.
The Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert of Israel
Thanks to some inspirational young Israelis, this town is becoming a must stop, thanks to its new accommodation locations and excellent dining. Above all is the impressive Beresheet Hotel an oasis of luxury in the middle of nowhere.
This combined with the hot but very dry weather attracts many visitors during winters and even in the extremely hot summer.
Mitzpe Ramon a development town in the Negev
Mitzpe Ramon History
It was built as a camp to accommodate the workers that were dealing with the road to Eilat, back in 1951, being then the southernmost developing town in the country and many immigrants were sent there to be absorbed.
Then came the ex-Soviet immigration in the 1990s changing the cultural environment for the better. Also, many Israelis going to Eilat preferred the way through Road 40 via Mitzpe a more scenic way than Road 90.
The Super DeLuxe Beresheet Hotel on top of the Ramon Crater
The center located at the top is great and offers lots of information and great for picture sessions. But, if you really want to visit the crater, take a jeep tour that will give you a mind-blowing experience.
Local tour operators can help you with this. The tours offer a tour of Zin Valley, wild camels herded by Bedouin shepherds, spring water to jump with the kids.
Alpaca Farm near Mitzpe Ramon
What to do in Mitzpe Ramon
The old industrial zone of Mitzpe, called the Spice Route Quarter, is now a hive of small boutique stores, guest houses, bakeries, restaurants, and even a jazz club.
Go to the mini cosmetic factory of Faran, creating a range of 100% natural cosmetics inspired by nature. Also, the carpentry workshop of Atar Bnya with some tasty furniture to take of ship home.
The Alpaca Farm is a great attraction for kids, where thy get close to the alpacas and lamas. And by the way, the venue is also a nice place to sleep over in of the apartments for rent.
Jeep Tour of Machtesh Ramon
This will be the highlight of your trip. You go down the crater and visit some off-road spectacular sceneries. For a full explanation go to our page on Ramon Crater
HadaSaar Restaurant in the Spice Route Quarter
Where to Eat
You’ll be surprised to find a few good places to eat like HadaSaar in the Spice Route Quarter a vegetarian spot, which is also a guest house
Hummus Gingee, a great little spot for some very fresh, and very tasty, hummus and falafel.
Pizza Selfie, Cafe Neto, part of a well-known chain of coffee shops in Israel; HaHavit, a decent looking option for beers and burgers.
Map of the Crater showing the location of Mitzpe
How to get to Mitzpe Ramon
Mitzpe Ramon is pretty easy to get to, as it’s on the main route to Eilat (Road 40). It’s some 185 km from Tel Aviv, and 161 km from Jerusalem, with plenty of buses stopping in Mitzpe on their way to Eilat (buses typically leave Beer Sheva every 20-40 minutes; note that express buses to Eilat from Tel Aviv probably won’t stop in Mitzpe Ramon so make sure you verify upon boarding).
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crater by zarion
town by mayra tamir
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jeep by deep desert israel
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