Eilat is the southernmost city in Israel, right on the shore of the Red Sea, and it borders Egypt and Jordan. To get there you need to cross the entire Negev desert, which takes anywhere between 3-4 hours, a true desert city.
It’s a truly fascinating area; because looking around you can see dry rocky mountains that are also surprisingly very vibrant and colorful. Eilat shares two borders: one with Akaba, Jordan, another one with Sinai, Egypt, with vicinity to Saudi Arabia.
Eilat is mentioned several times in the Bible, first is in Deuteronomy 2:8, when the people of Israel came out of Egypt, passing the Red Sea, arriving eventually at this very area known nowadays as Eilat.
“So we went on past our relatives, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from the Arabah road, which comes up from Elath (modern day Eilat) and Ezion Geber (modern day Akaba, Jordan) and traveled along the desert road of Moab.”
When God had the people of Israel travel along the desert of Moab, it was His way of reminding Israel that Esau was their brother. Moab (in Hebrew ‘Edom’, which means red) is a relative to Israel, and God warns Israel from fighting with them because they are to be Israel’s neighbors.
Modern-day Eilat is quite a fascinating city. It’s a place where Israelis from all across the country come to rest and vacation. It has a very special and extremely hot climate, but the dry desert climate mixed with mountain terrain, as well as gorgeous Red Sea shores, make Eilat an incredible place to visit.
It’s a place that perfectly combines the ancient biblical history and landscape with a modern youthful atmosphere that many people fall in love with when visiting.
Eilat is one of those gems Israel was blessed with, that reminds us just how much history this land has, and how loved it truly is by our Lord.