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Great Israeli Road Trips: Tel Aviv to Beersheva

Beersheva road (Photo: flickr/heatkernel)

The Holy Land is full of historic and biblical sites for visitors to experience. But while traveling to and from the most popular and well-known locations, there are countless other delights to be seen along the way. Israel21c's Abigail Klein Leichman tells about the sights, sounds, and stops between two of Israel's biggest cities:

“As Israel’s ‘fourth metropolis,’ Beersheva is just beginning to get noticed and is in the early stage of being seen as a destination,” says veteran tour guide Zel Lederman,  who helped ISRAEL21c compile this list of seven stopovers.

Most people do the 90-kilometer drive on the fast Toll Road 6, but Highway 40 provides a more interesting route to follow if you want to make a true road trip of this adventure. You’ll be surprised how many fascinating sites are found along the way in addition to those we’ve listed...

Take a guided or self-guided tour (English, Spanish, Russian or Hebrew) through the historic buildings of one of the pre-state’s first settlements  to see where the Israeli flag and national anthem were created...

This famous monument overlooking Beersheva from the east is a good entry point to the city. The Monument to the Negev Brigade  (Andartat Hativat HaNegev) was designed by Dani Karavan in memory of the 324 Palmach Negev Brigade soldiers who fell in the 1948 War of Independence. Constructed between 1963 and 1968, the 10,000-square-meter sculpture of raw concrete consists of 18 symbolic coverings. Engraved in the concrete are the names of soldiers, passages from the brigade diary, the battle registry and poems.

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