Israel has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers, and short, wet, cool winters.
When to fly to Israel
Israel’s main cities and towns are year-round destinations, though they may become very hot and humid during summer.
The beach resorts in Israel enjoy warm temperatures even in the wintertime, so this can be the perfect time to visit. The areas in the mountains do get cold though.
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Getting around Israel
Between Eilat, Tel Aviv and Haifa there are a few domestic flights available operated by airlines El Al, Arkia and Israir.
The bus company Egged runs inter-city trips and fares are reasonable and the journey is fast. Tickets can be bought in advance at the bus stations or just direct from the driver.
The rail service, run by Israel Railways, is less extensive but gradually expanding. Tickets must be bought in advance, but you can reserve a seat when you do so.
If you happen to be visiting during Shabbat or public holidays, there is no rail or bus service on those days.
Israel insider information
- For a true spiritual awakening head to Jerusalem, a place of pilgrimage for three religions. Be sure to book ahead before you arrive since it can be very full of tourists and accommodation can be full year-round.
- Tel Aviv, the country’s second-largest city, can feel so far removed from Jerusalem. The city, situated on the Mediterranean Sea, is gleaming and modern, full of high rises, shops, restaurants and theatres. Its waterfront and beach area attracts tourists and locals to congregate from sunrise to sunset.
- Eilat, at the southwest tip of the country, is the most heavily advertised tourist area in the country. The resort focused on holidaymakers: swim with dolphins, dive in the coral reef, eat in its luxury restaurants or simply relax.
- A trip to Israel would not be complete without floating in the Dead Sea. The saltiest body of water on Earth, it is famous for its properties of buoyancy. When you’re in the area, head to Masada, the site of a group of ancient palaces on a steep rock overlooking the Dead Sea.