When visiting Massada, the first thing that one might think is: What was King Herod the Great thinking when he built his palace on top of a massive mountain in the middle of the desert in Israel. But if he wanted to be left alone, then he probably picked the right place. It is located in one of the most inhospitable, yet beautiful places I've ever been to.
When we reached the visitor centre of Massada, we felt as if we'd just happened upon an oasis. It's a brand new looking, modern centre with American aircon temperature levels. But believe me, they were much appreciated.
Before heading back to our hotel in Jerusalem we finished our visit with a refreshing dip in the Dead Sea. Although the refreshing bit was debatable as the temperature of the water was also in the upper 30s.
However, all moaning aside, a visit to Massada was worth every minute, but if you can visit during winter then that will definitely be a plus.