It’s incumbent upon travel writers to tell it as it is, so we won’t pull our punches when describing this resort town on Israel’s southern tip. Hugely popular with Israeli families looking for an affordable beach break and with Eastern European tourists seeking a refuge from the bone-chilling winters back home, Eilat is brash, ugly and almost inevitably crowded, a place where being scantily clad and sunburned is the rule rather than the exception, and where cocktails are about as close to culture as the local scene gets.
However – and it’s a big however – Eilat is also a place where visitors seem to have a great time and where children in particular tend to be blissfully happy. The turqouise-tinted waters of the Red Sea offer snorkelling, diving and swimming opportunities galore, and there are plenty of other attractions on offer, including an aquarium, a theme park, tax-free shopping and an array of outdoor activities showcasing the spectacular local desert scenery.
Average winter temperatures are between 21°C and 25°C, but come summer the temperature averages 40°C. Fortunately, humidity levels are low (15%).