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Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, Mitspe Ramon

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On a limestone hill in the center of the desert, the World Heritage Site of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis represents one of the most important cities on the ancient Incense trade route. Founded in the 3rd century BCE and abandoned in the 7th due to a violent earthquake, the city hosted Nabataeans, Romans, and Byzantines. Explore the last remaining relics and ruins of the metropolis, once teeming with agricultural enterprise and benefiting from the great wealth accumulated from perfume and spice trade along the Mediterranean coast. See the remains of the city's fortress, churches, army camp, and houses. To visit Nabatean Avdat Acropolis on your trip to Mitspe Ramon, use our Mitspe Ramon family vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Mitspe Ramon

You'll find plenty of accommodation choices for your stay in Mitspe Ramon, especially backpacker-style lodgings, although hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are not rare. Hostel dormitories, private guesthouses, and campsites dot the desert landscape, offering easy access and views of the famed Ramon Crater. Several hotels, inns, and lodges offer private rooms, free Wi-Fi, and other basic amenities.
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  • The Nabateans did not leave many bone fide sites, so this is well worth visiting. Our group certainly enjoyed it  more »
  • I have visited this site a number of times, but I have never written about it for Trip Advisor. It is a very impressive site, although it is best to visit with a guide. This time an archaeologist led ...  more »
  • These are Nabatean and Byzantine ruins on the top of a mesa which, while they may not have the emotional and historical traction of Masada, are pretty amazing, with long and spectacular views of the N...  more »