Find out why Israel holidays are popular with a wide variety of holidaymakers…
Wedged between the open waters of the Mediterranean Sea and a small slice of the Red Sea, visitors looking for a beach holiday in Israel will not be disappointed.
Down on the shores of the Red Sea is the sun-baked resort of Eilat. Large luxury hotels line the beaches here, while tax-free shopping lures those on the prowl for a bargain. With a mountain backdrop and year-round sunshine, you can’t go wrong with a destination such as Eilat when booking package holidays to Israel.
For chic city hotels and a cool, cosmopolitan vibe, meanwhile, head to Tel Aviv. Vibrant nightlife fuses with history and culture in this most modern of cities.
Jerusalem is another popular option for holidaymakers travelling to Israel. Worshippers flock to the Old City to make pilgrimages to Christian, Jewish and Islamic holy sites. But look beyond those walls, and you will discover that there is much more to this ancient city. Home to palaces, tombs, archaeological sites and monuments, there are also many bars and clubs where the youth of Jerusalem let their hair down and dance all night long.
Flights to Israel from UK airports take around four and a half hours, a similar length of time to journeys from the UK to Spain’s Canary Islands – another hotspot for winter sun.
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The long, splinter shape of Israel means the weather can change dramatically between the major destinations. Find out more…
Down south, where the Red Sea washes the shore, daytime temperatures during the summer months can reach 40C. Winter daytime averages hover around 20C, sometimes dropping to single figures in the evening.
In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, winters are wet and mild while summer days are hot and dry.
Spring is a great time to visit Israel as the crowds of summer are nowhere to be seen and daytime temperatures are warm but generally not too hot for comfort. Autumn can be more costly as Israeli holidays mean demand for hotels is high.
A diverse mix of events dots the annual calendar in Israel. There are also many religious festivals, so do your research before you book…
Bird Watching Festival; March in Eilat: Timed to coincide with the peak of the spring migration, this popular event sends birdwatchers into a frenzy of clicking camera lenses. The programme includes events for all the family.
Israel Festival; May-June in Jerusalem: Performers from around the world entertain delighted visitors at this cultural celebration. Expect free displays of music, dance, art, and theatre, as well as shows for children.
Tel Aviv Pride; June: One of the biggest pride parades in Asia takes place in Tel Aviv at the start of summer. With its lively nightlife scene and a proud status as a gay-friendly city, Tel Aviv’s Pride involves plenty of parties.
There is much to see and do, wherever you land in Israel…
Kids and teens: See life beneath the waves without getting wet at Coral World in Eilat. This stunning underwater observatory is a hit with kids of all ages. The shark pool and tunnel are worth the entrance fee alone.
Grown-up families: The Azrieli Observatory is on the top floor of the highest building in Tel Aviv and offers amazing views of the city and beyond. Have a bite to eat at the restaurant while you’re up there – it’s fantastic at sunset.
Relaxing: Escape the hubbub of Tel Aviv by skipping onto the beach and slipping into a more restful state of mind. The warm waters of the Med are perfect for swimming or paddling.
Active types: Join a guided cycling tour on the outskirts of Jerusalem to see the city in a new light.
Shopping: Exempt from VAT, the goods on sale in the stores of Eilat are perfect for bargain hunters. From clothing to golf clubs, you might want to save some room in your luggage for when you return from Eilat holidays.