The Beersheva Region begins at the city of Beersheva. Here, a well traditionally considered to have been dug by Abraham sits just outside a modern metropolis, which also contains an Ottoman-era Old City. From Beersheva, the region’s path extends through desert-edge hills and forests to a dry plain where millennia-old ruins await. The sites and cities along this route are rich with Abrahamic heritage and with traces of his time period: the Bedouin shepherds tending their flocks in the hills evoke his pastoral lifestyle, and many of the ruins scattered along the path hark back to the era in which Abraham is said to have walked through this land.
The Beersheva Region is incredibly diverse in both its people and its landscapes. The stage begins and ends in rolling desert plains where dust devils whirl across the landscape in the dry season; in the middle, though, shady pine forests mixed with orchards and overlooks provide a completely different hiking experience. Reaching the top of a mountain ridge overlooking the Dead Sea rift, you’ll have the opportunity to gaze down on several different climatic and geographical zones from a single viewpoint.