The Dead Sea straddles the border between Israel and Jordan, 110 km (70 mi) from Jerusalem. Its surface and shores are 427 metres (1,401 ft) below sea level, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. The Dead Sea's climate offers year-round sunny skies and dry air. The region has weakened ultraviolet radiation, and an atmosphere characterized by high oxygen content, due to the high barometric pressure. These are just some of the therapeutic attributes of this one-of-a-kind place.
Five Great Reasons to Visit the Dead Sea:
•Extreme buoyancy - Just go in the water, and you'll immediately realize that it's not your regular sea. Due to the high concentration of salt, you will find yourself floating effortlessly! Try reading the newspaper while floating in the water, it's a unique experience.
•Sunbathing - The Dead Sea area is one of the best locations in the world for sunbathing, as the extra layers of atmosphere help block the sun's harmful rays and lets the beneficial properties through.
•Rolling in the mud - The unique combination of saline waters, mineral-infused mud and crisp air is highly beneficial for those suffering from skin ailments, from respiratory problems, as well as those with joint problems (such as arthritis).
•You don't have to suffer from any ailments to enjoy a relaxing vacation in one of the spa resorts, offering a multitude of health and beauty treatments.
•Just 20 km (14 mi) away is one of Israel's most fascinating sites, Masada. The fortress was a palace built by King Herod the Great, in the middle of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Masada became a symbol of the demise of the ancient kingdom of Israel, and more specifically of the heroism of a small group of Jews who took a stand against the Roman Legions. Today, it is an archeological site of considerable importance, and you can visit the top of the mountain by taking a cable car, or by scaling the challenging Snake Path hike.