Israel is a fascinating place to visit all year round thanks to its magnificent historical sites and host of natural attractions. Winter, which lasts from November through to March, can be cold and rainy across certain parts of the country, while summer – which starts in May and ends in October is hot and dry, with hardly any rain. Some areas stay warm right through the year, and summer temperatures can get extremely high. Summer is a perfect time to book at trip since there are so many convenient flights to Tel Aviv – Israel’s main airport – from any number of international locations.
Best Summer Beaches
All flights to Tel Aviv arrive at Ben Gurion airport which is situated just south of the city. Tel Aviv is the country’s number one entertainment destination and a real summertime favorite. Its pristine sandy Mediterranean beaches attract thousands of bathers during high season. Summer is also party time in the city, with Gay Pride taking place in June drawing thousands to join in the fun.
Year round sunshine is on offer in Eilat, Israel’s top beach resort, situated in the south of the country. The high summer temperatures don’t deter dedicated sun worshipers from both home and abroad, plus there are plenty of ways to keep cool in the sun, including scuba diving and snorkeling the beautiful coral reef. Eilat is packed with nightlife options and restaurants too – the perfect place to retire to at the end of a hot day, when temperatures gradually drop.
Experience the Great Outdoors
The north of Israel is a pleasure to visit in the summertime, and offers a variety of outdoor pursuits from hiking in the Golan Heights to boating on the Sea of Galilee. Temperatures are quite high in the summer, but there are hikes which will fit the summer season perfectly – it’s worth considering a cool and refreshing ‘water hike’ in the Banias stream or heading to the Hatzbani stream for kayaking and rafting.