Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)

Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)
Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)

These spring-fed freshwater ponds and the lush greenery around them were a favorite holiday spot of Jordan’s King Hussein in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the oasis and its veritable forest of salt-resistant plants, including tamarisks and reeds, are an agreeable place to spot birds and take a cooling dip, though the pools (open Friday and Saturday late March to November) can be crowded. Map.

Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)
Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)

There is no access to the rapidly receding Dead Sea shoreline – note the sign, some 4km from the water’s edge, reading ‘The sea was here in 1967’. However, you can see a Second Temple-period farm where the Essenes of Qumran apparently produced date wine and a farsimon oil and raised sheep and goats.

Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)
Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)

The southern Hidden Reserve is off limits – for reasons of conservation – unless you join a one hour guided tour (9am & 1pm Fri & Sun Sep-Jun).

Ein Feshkha is 3km south of Qumran. Thanks to the local geography, the site is never closed due to flash floods.

Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)
Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim)
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