The question of what is the best time to visit Israel is one we get asked a lot! While there is no time of the year when visiting Israel is impossible or unpleasant, different seasons bring different weather conditions and Jewish and/or Christian festivals can dramatically change the character of a visit. Of course, the answer to the question of the best time to visit Israel depends on who you are and what you are interested in…
Summer in Israel – best for beach lovers!
Tel Aviv beach by yanivba, on Flickr
If you are a beach lover, the hottest months, June, July, and August are almost guaranteed to give day after day of clear blue sky and hot temperatures. Israel’s beaches are, of course, at their busiest during the summer months, however this also means that the beaches are officially open with lifeguards, sunbathing chairs, and beach bars.
If you are into watersports, the calm summer seas make the conditions perfect, and if you can get past the temperature (which will average somewhere around 30 degrees Celsius), you’ll have an amazing time. So, if you love the beach, the best time to visit Israel is definitely the summer, and if that’s you, you’ll probably want to check out our article about the best beaches in Israel, and see the range of watersports in Israel to wet your tastebuds!
Spring & Fall in Israel – best for touring!
Via lilachd, on Flickr
Spring and Fall in Israel are pleasantly warm but not too hot. It is also a quieter time for tourism (apart from the Passover and Rosh HaShana-Yom Kippur holiday periods – see below) meaning that the sites are quieter, and, of course, hotels are cheaper. Spring time in Israel is also one of the most beautiful times of the year as the flowers blanket the hillsides with cover and wildlife come out of hibernation and shadow the countryside with life! In the Hula Valley, both in spring and fall, the millions of migrating birds passing through draw big crowds, whilst the pleasant temperatures also make it a great time to be active and try hiking or biking in Israel.
Passover or Rosh HaShana – best for family-time!
Passover and Rosh HaShana are the two big Jewish holiday times in Israel falling in March/April and September/October times respectively. Schools in Israel are on holiday for the festivals and with the pleasant temperatures these months have to offer, families head out to explore – Israel’s national parks are busy, as are museums, with many putting on special programs over the period. The only issues with these periods is that on high-holy days, most businesses are shut, and, of course, with popularity comes higher prices for flights and hotels.
Christmas and Easter in Israel – best for Christians
If you are a Christian who wants to visit Israel, there is no doubt that being in the Holy Land at Christmas or Easter time makes the experience even more magical – what’s more special than spending Christmas in Bethlehem or Easter in the Old City of Jerusalem, probably nothing!
The Christmas and Easter periods see huge numbers of Christian pilgrims coming to Israel from across the world, combining touring the country with spending the festival itself at the place where it actually happened.
Best time for you to visit Israel
The best time for you to visit Israel depends, of course on who you are and what you are interested in. Other events throughout the year such as Tel Aviv Gay Pride, make this week in early June a special time to visit for gay tourists, whilst other events in Israel throughout the year bring visitors from around the world especially.