One cannot say which season is the best one for traveling. Each one of them has its charms, no matter where you plan to go for your next vacation. Lots of countries around the world offer so much during summer or winter, some, such as Japan, are marvelous during spring and cherry blossom season. If you are thinking about a trip to Israel, but still have difficulties choosing the best time of the year, here is some information we hope you’ll find helpful. Israel is a beautiful country to visit and enjoy any time of the year.
December and January are both cool and wet months. But being the months of holidays, Christmas and The New Year, this period is an excellent choice if you look for an authentic experience. Visiting Israel at this time of the year brings a unique opportunity to enjoy Midnight Mass in Bethlehem at the Church of the Nativity. One thing to keep in mind is to book your ticket a year in advance.
If you are a hiker in a search of a paradise, February is a good month. The weather is in the 50s and 60s, and hiking trails in Israel are worth exploring, especially the hills of Judea, Galilee, and the Golan Heights. Make sure to have your rain gear, it will rain at some point, but these places are covered with grass and wildflowers which give an amazing sight while exploring the areas.
Despite March being a month with plenty of rain, it’s still a popular month to travel. The Jewish holiday of Purim is the main celebration in March. There are also other festivals, day and night parties on the streets, not only in Jerusalem but also in Tel Aviv.
April brings the end of a rainy season; the temperature rises to the 70s, which makes beaches and pools open to the public. This month is also a great season for a religious pilgrim. Israel is crowded and overpriced during this time of the year; because of Easter and Passover, people in Israel have a two-week long vacation and large groups of tourists come to the Holy Land during these holidays.
If you are looking for perfect weather conditions, avoid crowds and dislike rain, May is an amazing time; its stunning scenery and the celebration of Memorial Day and Independence Day bring unforgettable experiences. One more major holiday that also takes place at this time is The Jewish festival of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). It is both a religious and agricultural festival (a Biblical harvest festival). If you look for a once in a lifetime experience, you must visit a Kibbutz. Parades of tractors, cowboys, and children with white flower crowns dancing in a field are breathtaking.
To all people who are looking for a summer adventure on beaches and rich nightlife, we recommend summer. It is the time when tourists from around the world flock to Israel and enjoy its coral reefs, oases, and many other adventure sports that cities like Tel Aviv and Eilat have to offer. Museums are less visited during this period, so if you are on a senior tour to Israel, you won’t have to put up with crowds there.
As the weather cools in the fall, tourists flock to Israel. On the Yom Kippur holiday, there is no traffic, no open restaurants or bars, which is a unique experience for tourits. Being the holiest day in Judaism, many Israelis spend this day praying and fasting. For those who want to explore the country and celebrate Jewish holidays in the Holy Land, this can actually be a perfect time to visit. You can explore and attend services in many synagogues, or just roam the streets and take in the atmosphere.
Another holiday takes place at this time of the year- a week-long holiday of Sukkot. This year, it starts mid-October, so many Israelis and tourists flock to museums and national parks as the weather is ideal. For religious pilgrims, this is an amazing opportunity to enjoy a special experience; you’ll have a chance to see the locals building wooden booths in parks, restaurants, on their balconies, army bases, etc.
Temperatures and what to pack
Temperatures during summer are in the high 80s (27C), 90s (32C). Tiberias and Tel Aviv are fairly hot or humid, and Jerusalem is dryer and cooler. Eilat and Massada are extremely hot, with the temperature above 110F (43C). Spring and fall bring more pleasant weather, with the temperature between 60-70F (15-25C) in most of the country, but the areas around the Red Sea and the Dead Sea are still quite hot. You can expect some rain, but nothing torrential.
When it comes to winter temperatures, they may vary, from mild and sunny to severe ones. Temperature varies between 50-60F (10-15C) in some places, but in some, it might drop to the 40s (5C), especially in the area of the Galilee Hills and Jerusalem.
During your spring and summer visit to Israel, make sure to bring lightweight and loose fitting clothing, shorts, short-sleeved and sleeveless shirts, comfortable walking shoes, a hat for the sun and long shorts, skirts and even long-sleeved shirts for days when the sun is pretty intense.
For a late fall or winter trip, we recommend a pair of pants, rain jacket and other layers, sweaters and an umbrella as it rains more during the winter months.