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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.


Sites in the Beersheva Region:

Abraham’s Well

In the dusty dry Negev desert, water is not exactly what first comes to mind. But the story of Beersheva centers around the gushing oasis of its historic well, traditionally associated with Abraham.

Beersheva

Beersheva, the “Capital of the Negev”, has been a place of diversity since the time of Abraham.

Lakiya

In Lakiya, Bedouin women lead the way in building their community.

Roman Roads

Two thousand years ago, Roman roads were the height of new technology, facilitating the spread of ideas like a walkable internet.

Tel Arad

To walkers without a background in archeology, the fortress on the hill may appear as another site with walls and stones strewn around. But Tel Arad is a site of mystery and drama in the development of monotheism.

Yatir Forest

Enjoy the shade of a 10,000-acre woodland planted on the edge of the desert.