About Israel

WHY VISIT?

Israel is a sacred place in many religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Whether your of one of these faiths, a different faith, or no faith at all, you’re sure to find Israel a fascinating place to explore. Beyond the historic religious sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, you can find dazzling beaches, sprawling deserts, and world-class dive sites. Then you can head back to Tel Aviv to see why it’s considered one of the most modern cities in the Middle East.

BUCKET LIST ADVENTURES

In Israel

1. Party at MidBurn

Israel knows how to party, and nowhere is this more evident than at MidBurn. MidBurn is the world’s second-largest Burning Man regional event, after AfrikaBurn in South Africa. It’s also the only one of its kind in the Middle East. Over the 6-day event, participants co-create a transformational experience that ends with the burning of wooden sculptures. Throughout the year, participants in Tel Aviv tend to gather for mini-reunions to keep the spirit of the community alive.

2. Sand board in the Negev Desert

The Negev Desert covers half of Israel with striking geologic features, like sandstone cliffs and odd rock formations. In some parts, large sand dunes form the perfect slopes for sandboarding. You can access these dusty peaks via off-road trails that are almost as much fun as cruising down the dunes.

3. Scuba dive at Eilat

The Red Sea is a paradise for divers. It’s known for having vividly colorful coral, great visibility, and an abundance of fascinating wreck dives. In Eliat, you can access all of this right from the shore, making the sites almost too accessible. Popular reefs and wreck can be busy, and accidents can happen more easily when divers rent gear and head out without a dive master. But a local dive shop can help you avoid the crowds and accidents at the same time, allowing you to make the most of your time in Eliat’s beautiful turquoise waters.

4. Swim in the Dead Sea

Almost 10 times more salty than the ocean, the Dead Sea is a ‘hypersaline’ lake, known for its ability to keep swimmers afloat without the slightest effort on their part. It also sits at the lowest point in the world – it’s surface is 1,412 feet below sea level, while its lowest point is almost 1,000 feet deeper. This makes swimming in the Dead Sea a ‘must do’ bucket list activity when visiting Israel, even if it seems touristy. You won’t regret it.

5. Wakeboard at Lake TLV

Did you know you can wakeboard in Tel Aviv? Lake TLV is a cable park that caters to everyone, no matter their skill level, from beginners to world champions. Advanced wakeboarders will find a range of obstacles to choose from, while beginners can get coaching to advance their skills more quickly.

UNIQUE EVENTS

You Won't Want to Miss

Jerusalem Beer Festival

The Jerusalem Beer Festival is an annual summertime event that features over 100 varieties of beer, including both mainstream and local brands. In addition to tasting the brews, you’ll enjoy open-air music performances with a fun-loving crowd.

Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival

The Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival is an bi-annual music festival featuring all types of folk music, from Bluegrass to Irish jigs. Expect sing-alongs, jam sessions, workshops, and lots of dancing. It’s held on the Sea of Galilee, so you can do some tourism alongside the event.

When to Go

Climate

Hot summers and cold winters with pleasant spring and fall seasons.

By Month

January

Cold with occasional snowfall.

February

Cold and rainy.

March

Cold and rainy.

April

Cool, but pleasant weather.

May

Warm and pleasant weather.

June

Hot in the day. Cooler in the evenings.

July

Hot in the day. Cooler in the evenings.

August

Hot in the day. Cooler in the evenings.

September

Warm and pleasant weather.

October

Warm and pleasant weather.

November

Cooler and rainy.

December

Cold with occasional snowfall.

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