This resort is the gateway for millions of migrant birds so there’s plenty to see if you look up
Ebusy port and popular holiday resort nestling in southern Israel on the northern tip of the Red Sea. You would be forgiven for conjuring up images of paradise. In my view, it’s not quite like that. Indeed, architecturally it’s a bit of a mess, riddled with unsightly hotels that would not look out of place in Las Vegas. But what it lacks in architectural beauty, it more than makes up for in its birding brilliance. Among the world birding fraternity, Israel has long been known as being a bucket list location you need to find yourself in during spring to witness the legendary movements of raptors and falls of passerines. Eilat is the gateway for millions of migrant birds en route to Europe and western Asia in the spring and Africa during the autumn. Despite the less than eye-catching urban areas, Eilat is surrounded by great natural beauty. The whole of the eastern field of view is dominated by the truly epic Edom Mountains in nearby Jordan and to the north and west before you reach Egypt are the Eilat Mountains, the main site for the raptor counts, and the southern Negev Desert. Many people come to the region to explore outside of the city looking for the dream birds that hitherto were just illustrations in a field guide. In fact, the bird list from just this region reads as the perfect blend of European, African and Asian birds. But the amazing thing is that many of these species can be seen in and around the city.