The Negev, which extends over Israel’s southern region, accounts for over half of Israel’s land area. Due to its desert character, however, this region is sparsely populated.
The Negev is defined as a desert due to the small quantities of rain fall (less than 200 millimeters annually) and is divided into several regions with Beer Sheba in the north and Eilat in the south. Although the Negev is barren most days of the year, nature here is very surprising. In the winter, despite small rainfall, the Negev is covered with amazing flowers.
Today the Negev is the gateway to the desert and offers charming nature corners, historical and archaeological sites, springs and the remains of agricultural compounds. Tourism in the desert is a developing industry and many tourists explore its expanses on foot, bicycle and in all-terrain vehicles.