Remains of a fortified city from the Early Bronze Age
A water facility, begun in the Canaanite period (Early Bronze Age)
A fortified city from the Israelite period (Iron Age), with a unique temple and remarkable water facility
Concentration of Judean Iris (Iris atrofusca) and loess soil vegetation
Tel Arad lies west of the city of Arad. Access to the site is from Road 80, turning off at the Shoket-Arad junction (Road 31), about 7 kms west of Arad.
The tel with its fortresses gives an excellent observation point over the entire area. At the foot of the tel Canaanite Arad is spread out. To the south are the ridges of the Northern Negev, in the west the hills/tels of Ira and Anim, in the north are the southern flanks of the Hebron Mountains, and to the east lies the city of Arad.
Tel Arad was declared a national park in 1982, covering a declared area of 513 dunams. The national park was approved for expansion to 1,235 dunams, creating a good expanse for preserving natural values on the loess soil. (Approval means that the plan is approved in all respects under the Planning and Construction Law, but because the declaration is not yet official, the National Parks Law does not apply to the expansion at this time.)There is an orderly camping ground in this National Park.
At the Tel Arad Junction on Road 31 (Arad - Shoket Junction), turn 2 kms northwards on Road 2808.
Length of tour: One-two hours
Recommended season: All year Round
Possibility of holding events
Entry into the reserve is closed one hour before closing time:
Summertime:Sundays thru Thursdays and Saturdays: 8:00 - 17:00Fridays and eves of religious festivals: 8:00 - 16:00Wintertime:Sundays thru Thursdays and Saturdays: 8:00 - 16:00 Fridays and eves of religious festivals: 8:00 - 15:00On the eves of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Pesach: 8:00 - 13:00
Individuals: Child: NIS 7; Adult: NIS 14Groups (over 30 persons): Children: NIS 6; Adults: NIS 13Students: NIS 12Senior Citizens: NIS 7
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