Mitzpe Ramon & Negev Tourist Attractions
Hebrew: טיולים במצפה רמון
When you are touring Israel, approximately half way between Tel Aviv and Eilat, near Beer Sheva, lies Mitzpe Ramon (Hebrew: מִצְפֵּה רָמוֹן English: Ramon Lookout) it's a small town in the Negev desert in Southern Israel. The name Ramon comes from the Arabic word "Ruman" meaning Romans. The town of Mitzpe Ramon is situated on the northern ridge the Ramon Crater. The small town of Mitzpe Ramon has a population of about 5,000 which includes a small English speaking community. Mitzpe Ramon is hot and dry in the summer and cold in the winter so best times to visit are in the spring or autumn. Star gazing at night is a treat.
The Ramon Crater
No visit to the Negev is complete until you have been to the Ramon Crater near Mitzpe Ramon. This volcanic crater (Hebrew: Maktesh) is 40km long and up to 10km wide in some places and is 500 meters deep. The crater is surrounded by spectacular views and scenery.
The Mitzpe Ramon Visitor's Center
While taking in the clean air and magnificent views, it is definitely worth visiting the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor's Center, situated on the very edge of the Ramon Crater. Exhibits and explanations about the geography and geology of the area.
The Bio Ramon Complex
A tiny zoo in the middle of the desert! The Bio Ramon Complex presents a rich collection of desert plants and animals. The outdoor area is a reconstructed desert landscape and demonstrates the relationship between plant environments, the flora and fauna that thrive in them.
If you visit the Bio Ramon Complex at a quiet time, the curator may given you a private guided tour. The explanations are sure to keep your kids enthralled for a couple of hours. No promises for an English speaking guide though.
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