On the edge of the Ramon crater, at a height of some 300 meters above it, sits the town of Mitzpe Ramon. This pleasant, quiet town, built in the landscape of the largest of the Negev craters, between paths and cliffs, mountains and springs, has recently become a thriving little tourism town. Mitzpe Ramon was founded in 1951 and it even has Israels most expensive hotel which is £700 per night.
From Eilat, the bus ride to Mitzpe Ramon gives you a beauitful glimse into the Negev Desert as it winds its way up to Mitzpe Ramon and it only cost 39ILS. Mitzpe Ramon is a peculiar little town. It is home to a hippy community that sits on the east of the town which is home to organic food shops, art galleries, a bakery, a jazz bar and various cafes and restaurants. There is also a spice quarter where you can find all kinds of exciting spices
If you go to Mitzpe Ramon you are bound to do at least one hike trail. There are several hikes you can take around Mitzpe Ramon. I buddied up with an English girl from Essex I’d met at The Green Backpackers Hostel in Mitzpe Ramon and we embarked on a sunrise trail at 5am and ended our trail around 8am. We hitch hiked back to The Green Backpackers. Short and sweet, it was one of the best trails I’d been on for a very long time.
Not everybody can handle the serenity of desert life. It is quiet and there is not much to do. Hike, relax, cook, socialize, build… If you have a lot on your mind, you should consider going to the desert, just for a few days to realign your thoughts. It can be scary where your mind can lead, but it is well worth the clarity. My mornings were spent either meditating or hiking and my days were spent at The Green Backpackers or walking around the town.