Be'er Sheva 'beach'
Looking for a cool dip down under? Try Be'er Sheva's 'beach.' Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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If you tend to associate Be’er Sheva with sand, camels and a dry-sauna kind of heat, we’ve got news for you. The “capital of the Negev” has joined the list of Israeli cities with beachfronts, like Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya -- only Be’er Sheva’s beach is a little different. And that’s because it’s man-made.

A paved, artificial “beach” has opened in the city center not far from Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University and the Center for the Performing Arts.

The “beach” is one of a number of fountains constructed recently in Be’er Sheva, bringing to mind one of the meanings of this ancient biblical city’s name: seven wells. The site’s dozens of small fountains, with dancing water, offer visitors a refreshing respite during the daytime and light up with changing colors at night. Children – and adults, of course – can dip their feet in the shallow water created by the fountains or run around in swimsuits as they get splashed by the bubbling water. As with all beaches, don’t forget to pack a hat and some sunscreen to avoid sunstroke or baking in the sun.

Nearby benches are shaded from the sun, and many locals like to come here with a picnic basket and enjoy the kind of beachfront experience that their Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Netanya and Haifa counterparts have easy access to. The best part about Be’er Sheva’s beach? There’s no sand here, so you don’t come home sticky.