Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea

Run by Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem, this is one of the nicest of the Dead Sea beaches (02-994 4888; http://www.dead-sea.co.il; adult/child 50/30NIS, on Sat 60/35NIS; h9am-5pm or 6pm Sun-Fri, opens 8am Sat).

Mineral Beach
Mineral Beach

After having a float and glopping black mud onto your skin, you can soak in naturally sulphurous spring water (39°C) or indulge in a Tibetan or Swedish massage. Lockers and towels each cost 10NIS (plus a 10NIS deposit). Has a cafeteria and transport down to the receding water line. Wheelchair accessible. Camping is not permitted. Had you dropped by here on 18 September 2011, you would have seen more than a thousand completely nude Israelis being photographed by the artist Spencer Tunick.

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