The foundations of the ancient ruins of Be'er Sheva

Be'er Sheva Tours and Travels

About Be'er Sheva

Be’er Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert, situated in southern Israel, and one of the most fascinating. Remains that have been unearthed close to the city suggest that the region has been inhabited since the 4th millennium BC. The town itself was founded by Israelites during the 10th century BC and the ruins of the original settlement remain largely intact. Known as Tel Be’er Sheva, 5km east of the city, these relics were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

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An abundance of wells have also been found in the area and according to the Bible, these wells were dug by Abraham and Isaac on their arrival into the region. Modern day Be’er Sheva was founded at the start of the 20th century by the Ottomans, the only city in Israel to be built by the Turks during the time of their empire. The city now consists of an Old City and the famous Bedouin market. Visitors will also find the remains of buildings from the Ottoman era as well as from the time of the British Mandate.

The Jewish City within Be’er Sheva was established in 1949 and, naturally, a large portion of the city’s population is Jewish. Immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union also form part of the population. Alongside the Russian immigrants came chess and Be’er Sheva now has more chess grandmasters than any other city in the world. It is also the base of the Israel Sinfonietta who, since their formation back in the seventies, have developed a broad repertoire of symphonic works.

Be'er Sheva Hotels

If you are planning a Be'er Sheva holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Leonardo Hotel Negev Be'er Sheva

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Towering over the city centre of Be'er Sheva, just minutes from a brand new shopping complex, the Leonardo Hotel boasts 244 rooms, each offering style and comfort in abundance. Every spacious room enjoys modern decor, a range of facilities and excellent views out over the city. From the coffee shop in the lobby to the Mediterranean restaurant, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining here. They can also while away a few hours in the glittering pool or by enjoying a treatment in the onsite spa. The hotel is just a few minutes from the Ben Gurion University, the bus and train stations and numerous other attractions.

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