READING IN SALTWATER
It’s the photo to take there: reading a newspaper whilst floating in the water. The image has been immortalised so many times that there’s no doubt where it’s taken. It’s unmistakably the Dead Sea, located less than an hour by car from Jerusalem. It would be sinful to go there and not take a dip in the mythical waters. For some context, the Dead Sea is the Earth’s lowest point on land, at more than 400 metres below sea level. Despite its name, it’s actually a lake bordered by Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. So, why do you float in the waters of the Dead Sea? It all comes down to its high salt levels which increase the density of the water. There are nearly 300g of salt per litre of water, whereas seawater elsewhere contains an average of 35g. This makes swimming in the Dead Sea a unique and unforgettable experience. Even though this water is known for its medicinal properties, particularly in the treatment of certain skin problems such as psoriasis, it is not recommended to go in for more than 20 minutes. There are several ways to get there: take a guided tour or go there yourself by getting a bus, hiring a car or booking a taxi. Particular sunbathing beaches of note in Israel are Kalia Beach (50 minutes) or a little further away is Ein Bokek (a 2-hour drive).