The best time to visit Israel

Updated: 29th April 2021

Spring flowers in Jerusalem - Israel - On The Go Tours
Spring flowers bloom outside Jerusalem's old city walls

Israel at a Glance: Best Time to Visit

Recommended time to visit: For sightseeing, spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November) are the best times to visit Israel. Temperatures are mild, pleasant and mostly dry.

Less popular time to visit: The winter months from December - February are when temperatures are colder and when Israel sees most of its rainfall. But prices are much lower at this time.

Best time for beaches: The west coast beaches of Tel Aviv and beyond are at their busiest in summer from June - August, when temperatures are hottest. The southern city of Eilat tends to be several degrees hotter.

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Climate | Jerusalem


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C66812151718191816128
Temp Max °C111215212527292928241814
Rainfall (mm)1331189324300001560105

Climate | Tel Aviv

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C9911141821242423191511
Temp Max °C171820242629313130282419
Rainfall (mm)10980371320051104487

Festivals and Events

Steeped in religious significance, Israel is home to numerous sites of historical and cultural significance to Jews and members of other religions. Yet Israel is far more than just an open-air history museum, as can be seen by vibrant cities like Tel Aviv that have their finger on the pulse and are embracing modernity at a spectacular rate. Israel is the perfect blend of the old and the new and its festivals fully reflect this attitude.

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What is Tel Aviv White Night?

Tel Aviv has so much to offer and is such a lively and bustling city that someone decided, why not keep the city open all night so people can enjoy it for even longer? Thus, the creation of Tel Aviv White Night came about. Shops, restaurants and historical points of interest stay open all night long with parties on every street corner across the city. Pulsing music will flow through the airwaves all night long as the city of Tel Aviv forgoes sleep for this exciting festival.

What is the Jerusalem Beer Festival?

With over 100 beers on offer, lovers of this marvellous tipple will be well provided for at this unique Israeli festival. International brewers will flock to Jerusalem during this event to hawk their produce, allowing the curious to taste before purchasing. The evenings will be filled with music by local and national artists, providing some entertainment to accompany the merry-making of the festival’s attendees.

When is Tel Aviv Pride?

Fast becoming one of the world’s top LGBTQ destinations, every year in June Tel Aviv hosts the most fabulous of pride celebrations complete with parties and performances, all dedicated to the LGBTQ community. At the end of a week of events, the pride parade takes place in an explosion of sound and colour. The Middle East might not be the most obvious place to embrace everything other than heterosexuality, but Tel Aviv Pride is sure to leave you breathless as you party into the night.

See Also

To help you plan your trip to Israel, take a look at our other handy resources:

Best Places to Visit - our top 10 destinations in Israel
Tourist Visas - what you need to know to enter Israel
Top Travel Tips - including info on money, health, food and shopping
Israel Video Lounge - a view of the Holy Land from behind the lens
Travel Alerts - latest updates on safety and security in Israel
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