BeershebaIsrael

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Visit Beersheba

Get to know this city which acts as the gateway to the Negev Desert and discover its long history and charming old town. 

Beersheba is the final city before the vast Negev Desert, which swallows up half of Israel. Spend a pleasant few days getting to know the city, exploring its markets and the crumbling Turkish Town (Old City), and enjoying some traditional Bedouin foods.

Abraham and Isaac, two important figures in the Bible, are believed to have dug their well in Beersheba. Visit Abraham’s Well archaeological site to see a 12th-century well and learn more about the city’s biblical history.

The old city dates from the beginning of the 20th century and was built by the Turks in a grid pattern. Amble along the streets to see impressive Ottoman buildings. There are excellent restaurants nestled within the neighborhood. In one of the Ottoman buildings, which once acted as the city’s town hall, is the Negev Museum of Art. See a range of changing exhibitions including contemporary and early Israeli art.

A short distance from the old city is the Beersheba War Cemetery where British, Australian and New Zealand World War I soldiers who died battling the Turks were laid to rest. A little further outside of the city is the open-air Air Force Museum. Get a fascinating glimpse into the Israel Defence Force’s (IDF) aviation history as you get up close with air force jets and helicopters.

Among Beersheba’s biggest treats are its markets. Amble through the town market and sample some of the traditional baked goods, cheeses, vegetables or freshly prepared street food such as the famous falafel or hummus.

Beersheba is easily accessible by public bus from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and is also on the train line. Rent a car, however, if you want to venture into the desert beyond. Getting around the city itself is easy on foot or by bus or taxi. Join the Beersheba University students at one of the city’s hip nightlife venues for a truly local night out.

Top Hotels in Beersheba

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Leonardo Hotel Negev
Leonardo Hotel Negev
4 Henrietta Zsold St., Beersheba
$158
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

This family-friendly Beersheba hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Soroka Medical Center, One Plaza Shopping Center, and BIG Beer Sheva Shopping Mall. Bedouin Market ...

3.6/5Good! (148 reviews)

"The staff at this hotel is amazing. From small issues to large ones everyone went out of their way to help us. Based on staff I would give the hotel five stars. However, in general I would give it three stars. The hotel is run down and overpriced but is pretty much the only hotel in Beersheva. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Leonardo Hotel Negev
Anilevich Mansion
Anilevich Mansion
9 Mordechai Anilevich Street, Beersheba
$122
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Negev Museum of Art, Carasso Science Park, and British WWI Military Cemetery. Bedouin ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Desert Oasis with a name out of history

"Galit and Mark were so very kind, friendly, professional,patient, and so very helpful. It is an extremely great deal especially for the price. My wife and me really, really loved it and only wish we would have a extended stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Anilevich Mansion
La Finca - Luxury Suites Hotel
La Finca - Luxury Suites Hotel
Smilanski Street, Beersheba
$133
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5

Situated in Beersheba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Negev Museum of Art and Carasso Science Park. British WWI Military Cemetery and Bedouin Market ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Stylish and cool!

"Great hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

La Finca - Luxury Suites Hotel

Popular things to do in Beersheba

Mamshit National Park
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Mamshit National Park

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Explore the long-abandoned ruins of this ancient city in the heart of the desert. It was once part of the Nabatean Incense Route. 

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May 12, 2019

Growing city with a lot of attractions for adults and kids. Huge playgrounds and parks, science museum for kids, Air Force museum and authentic local markets.