What’s the best time for visiting Israel?

Israel is a year-round destination, which experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with mostly warm and cloudless days. Generally, travelers can expect lengthy, hot summers and cool, rainy winters. The best time to visit Israel is in spring or autumn when temperatures are high but not overbearing.

Weather and Seasons

The Israeli winter months (November through February) are the coldest and you can expect some snow in the northern portions of the Golan Heights and perhaps some occasional snow in Jerusalem. During this time of the year, the Israeli coastal regions experience most rainfall, though, in areas like Eilat, the temperatures will still be reasonably pleasant.

Jerusalem, like elevated regions, is wonderful to visit in the summer months of June, July, and August with temperatures in the 80s and when the evenings are welcoming and the chance of rain is minimal.

Usually, Tel Aviv and the southern portions of the country will experience slightly higher temperatures which make these regions perfect for soaking up some sun on the beautiful beaches. If you’re thinking about visiting the Negev Desert or the Dead Sea during these months, make sure you’ll bring some headwear. The sun may burn you alive!

The best periods to visit Israel are during the months of spring, April and May, and during the autumn months, September and October. All through the country, temperatures will be pleasantly mild but beware to bring extra clothes as the evening may get a bit chilly at times. Israel is a modern society with sophisticated education options and many top-notch high-tech companies. The country is known for its advanced level of innovation and technological research and development.

February

Israel is a paradise for hikers in February if you do not mind getting a little wet. The Golan Heights and the hills of Galilee and Judea are covered with grass and wildflowers and the weather is relatively cool, somewhere between the low 50s and the low 60s. Israel has lots of hiking trails, actually more per square mile than whatever other country and is a great place for exploring but make sure to bring your rain clothes.

March and April

Jewish holidays and also great for a religious pilgrimage. The rainy season ends, the temperature gets in the 70s, and beaches and pools are open again to the public. Passover and Easter are great experiences for pilgrims but are attracting huge numbers of tourists as well. To read more about the Israel-Europe relation, the past, present, and future, check out this post.

May

The weather is perfect, no crowds, rare rain and absolutely beautiful and scenery. If you are lucky enough to see day Israel Independence and Memorial Day, these holidays are something to see. The Jewish holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks) is also mainly in May and is a great celebration for the religious.

June-August

This is the best time to hit the beach, which is up to 11 hours and after 16 hours, and the entire metropolitan area of Tel Aviv seems to be going to the beach during these months. To learn more about Jewish emigration to the New World, check out this post.

September

The time starts to cool, and jams disappear. Make sure you do not land in Israel on the eve of Yom Kippur, however, as the whole country is paralyzed. No cars on the streets and all restaurants and bars are closed. What you will see are lots of children that ride their bicycles through the deserted boulevards and highways.

October-November

The country still enjoys good weather and there are no crowds, but after a long summer without rain, the country is in lethargy dust, beige. This may not be the best time of year to visit Israel. See also this post about the history of the state of Israel in the period 1948-1990.

January and December

Can be cold and wet, while January is definitely cool and damp, but at the end of December and January are the best for an authentic experience of Christmas. (If you want tickets for the midnight mass in Bethlehem in the Church of the Nativity, however, book at least a year in advance!) At the end of January 3rd is in the off-season and good deals can be found. See also this post about Hanukkah in December. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication and it is the famous Festival of Lights for Jews that begins on Sunday, December 22 at sundown and ends Monday, December 30 at sundown.

Don’t be a bystander

Israel is a relatively safe country and the level of security, civil awareness, protection, and defense against attacks is among the highest in the world which may be even more relevant as across the world, new anti-Israel and anti-Jewish radicalism voices are getting louder and louder again. Don’t just be a bystander. Stand up against this sort of racist behavior. It’s like some believe the past is non-exist and that many don’t want to learn from the past.