You are probably here because you are wondering what is the best time to visit Israel. The answer, however, is going to depend a bit on you, your availability, and how much you like hot or cold. There is definitely a high season for visitors, and that occurs from about the middle of March when the weather starts to warm up, until the middle of June when it starts to get really hot. The other high season is the middle of September when the weather cools off a bit to the end of November, before it gets quite wet and cold. However, there are reasons to also visit Israel in the summer or over the Christmas holidays. It really depends on your schedule.
Why Visit Israel in Spring
Mid-March, April, May and Early-June are the best time to go to Israel. The days are warm, but not too hot, the sun is warm and bright and the nights are not fridged. The weather is usually good, but do keep in mind that the end of winter / early spring is when you can see rain / snow or sandstorms in the mountain regions. These are rare, but do check the weather during your time in Israel in spring. Areas like Eliat and Tel Aviv will be pleasant, but you can still get cold weather in Jerusalem, on account of its elevation.
If you are visiting Israel in the spring, the wind can still be cool, you should dress in layers, pack a warm jacket and prepare for a chance of rain. If you had to choose the best month to visit Israel, May is a great choice!
Why Visit Israel in Fall
Mid-September, October, to Mid-November is also the best time to visit Israel. The hot summer days are gone (although it is still very warm in the sun) and the evenings are still warm. If you are visiting in November, bring a warm jacket, it can be cold as soon as the sun goes down and in the early mornings. Especially in the mountainous areas. Areas closer to the Red Sea or the Mediterranean do not get as cold.
Fall is also high season for visitors, although it is not like other places in the world. Do not be put off by traveling in high season, it is the best time to travel to Israel for a reason!
Visiting Israel in the Summer and Winter
As I mentioned, you can visit Israel any time of the year. It is just that spring and fall are best, temperature-wise. I was recently there in July, and I was surprised that it was not as hot as I was expecting. It was also busy with tourists. Those who are tied to summer break holidays choose July to visit Israel. You will also find the beaches in Israel are packed in the summer months as locals enjoy their summer and tourists enjoy the Mediterranean climate.
I did not find it too hot to hike in Israel in the summer. Ensure you stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and cover your head with a hat or scarf. But for those who do not like the heat, I would suggest you do not come in July or August.
If you are visiting in the winter, the sun is warm, but it is often cloudy with a cool breeze. You need warm clothes between November and April. Pack a winter jacket, gloves, and a hat. Dress in layers as the sun can be warm in certain areas of the country, but high elevations are quite cool. Areas close to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean are not as cold, but the wind can be cool.
More Israel Planning Resources
When planning your trip to Israel, there are plenty of things to keep in mind. You already know the best time to visit Israel by reading this post, but there is so much more information you can read before your trip.
Make sure you are prepared with an adapter plug for Israel
* more packing tips coming soon!
If you are an avid photographer, have a read of the best places to take photos in Jerusalem and mistakes to avoid when planning a trip to Jerusalem. I also have a post full of funny captions and Israel puns for your photo captions!
You are going to want to enjoy some of Israel’s beaches. You can find a post on the best beaches in Israel here.
If shopping is on your list, do not miss this post on the best souvenirs from Israel. If you plan to visit the West Bank, I have a post on souvenirs from Palestine as well.
Planning a Visit to Jordan as well?
You will find that the best time to visit Jordan is similar to the best time to visit Israel. So why not visit both and see the wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum. If you happen to start in Jordan, it is easy to get from Amman to Jerusalem. Much easier than the other way around!
If you are visiting from Tel Aviv, your visit to Jordan may be cooler than expected due to its high elevation. Take that into consideration and have a read of the best time to visit Petra to make sure you are prepared.
Travel Insurance for the Middle East
There are a few other things to think about when it comes to travel. The first thing is travel insurance. Whether it is an emergency room visit for something as simple as strep throat, or an emergency appendix surgery, or an unfortunate moped incident things do go wrong when people travel every day.
I highly suggest travel insurance and a good policy. I personally never travel without it, and I even checked into my policy about care for my children if I am ever in an accident or hospitalized. There are just too many things to think about.
You can find out more information and buy your travel insurance here.