Ovda

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About Ovda

Where the desert meets the Red Sea

Arrive at Ovda International Airport and you’ll almost certainly be heading for Eilat, where the Southern Negev Desert meets the Red Sea. Basking in year-round sunshine, with plentiful beaches, rugged desert hinterland, great diving and pulsating nightlife, Eilat is a refreshing antidote to the crowds of the Med or the flashy megaresorts of the Arabian Gulf.

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Hotels in Ovda

There are few areas in Israel that can boast the same range of accommodation that Ovda offers, with its unique position between the desert and the sea. If you are in search of the very best stay, consider booking at the 5-star Taba Hotel and Nelson Village which forms an iconic part of the area’s skyline and boasts an incredible spectrum of services, including a small casino and several restaurants. Alternatively, there are many good deals to be found near the airport, especially once you’ve done a little research to avoid common tourist traps.

Shopping in Ovda

The closest area for shopping is the city of Eilat which is around 40 miles north of Ovda Airport. Eilat has a bustling high-street and plenty of shopping malls, making for a fantastic day-trip or even a stop-over during your visit. If you’re looking for a souvenir, book a trip to the Coral Beach Nature Reserve outside of Eilat where you can get plenty of pictures of tropical fish as well as a range of coral jewellery.

Food & Drink in Ovda

As with shopping, most visitors in search of the best dishes will want to visit Eilat during their stay in Ovda. The waterfront of Eilat is home to some of the best restaurants in the Middle-East and the top-spot easily goes to the Mediterranean Pedro, which is hidden in a secluded garden and is Eilat’s only restaurant to include a wine bar. Alternatively, foodies must try 5th Avenue Eilat which fuses Italian, American, Mexican, Oriental and Asian cuisine together to create unique and mouth-watering dishes.

Events in Ovda

Ovda and Eilat are two of the biggest hubs on the southern coast of Israel so festivals are common. If you’re interested in experiencing an event during your visit, we have a few recommendations for you:

Red Sea Jazz Festival

Normally hosted on the last week of August in Eilat, the Red Sea Jazz Festival is one of the biggest of its kind in Israel. Enjoy a relaxing Jazz as you unwind on the beach or sample the delicious food of the boardwalk.

Nightmare Horror Maze

Held around October, Eilat’s Nightmare Horror Maze is a fun and crazy challenge for anyone with enough courage to brave it. Expect plenty of jump scares and some classic movie villains as you make your way to the heart of the maze.

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Language:Arabic, English, Hebrew
Currency:Sheqel
Time zone:GMT +2 (Summer GMT +3)
Flight time:9 hours
Airport code:VDA
Holiday type:Beach / Summer Sun / Winter Sun

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