Israel’s Negev Desert Chosen World’s 2nd Best Region to Visit

October 26, 2012  

Lonely Planet editors rank Negev second on list, calling
the Israeli desert a “giant greenhouse of development” • France’s Corsica region
takes first place on the list.

Ilan Gattegno
Lonely Planet says time is running out to experience the Negev Desert as nature

Photo credit: Dudu

Israel’s Negev Desert has been chosen by the Lonely Planet travel guide as one of the top 10
best regions in the world to visit in 2013.

In fact, the majestic southern desert ranked second on the
popular guide’s top ten list of travel destinations, under the title “Desert in
throes of transformation.” The guide warns that the region is undergoing rapid
development and urges travelers to hurry as “time is running out to experience
the desert as nature intended.”

“For decades the Negev was regarded as nothing but a
desolate desert,” the guide’s editors wrote. “But today, this region is a giant
greenhouse of development. Think eco-villages, spa resorts and even wineries. In
the next few years a new international airport at Timna is scheduled to open,
followed by a high-speed railway to Eilat and more hotels.”

According to the Lonely Planet guide, “this region,
comprising 62% of Israel’s land mass, may seem sparse but it offers a world of
adventure, including mountain hikes, camel treks, 4WD desert drives and Red Sea
diving. Yet perhaps the biggest secret of the Negev is Makhtesh Ramon, a
crater-like wilderness, which feels like another planet.”

Coming in first on the list was France’s Corsica region.
The rest of the list was rounded out by Mustang (Nepal), The Yukon (Canada),
Chachapoyas & Kuelap (Peru), The Gulf Coast (United States), Carinthia
(Austria), Palawan (Philippines), Inland Sea (Japan) and Campania (Italy).

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