Holidays in Israel
It is hard to imagine another country so contrasting and alluring. You can drive it in one day, watching how the green hilly landscapes in the north give way to the desert and sea panoramas. But despite its compact size, Israel has contained everything that tourists can only dream of. Holidays in this Middle Eastern country are ideal for those who seek the sea and beaches, are interested in history and culture, want to improve their health, as well as for pilgrims, lovers of shopping and gastronomic tourism.
Interesting facts about Israel:
You can use buses to travel between cities in Israel, and a train runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv several times a day. Traveling in Israel is possible with a rental car, however, keep in mind that traffic in cities is heavy and parking is paid. In addition, a rental car is not recommended to enter the Palestinian Authority. To travel inside the cities, you can use regular buses, minibuses (they also go on Saturday), bicycles, taxis, and also a tram in Jerusalem.
The weather in Israel is largely dependent on the region of the country. The climate changes from subtropical to semi-desert and desert. However, summer is hot throughout the country, it lasts from April to October, and daytime temperatures at this time usually range from +25 to +37. From December to February it can rain, but the weather in most regions of the country is comfortable for relaxation and excursions. In December-February in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and also in the north of the country, the temperature during the day is 10-20 ° C, however, in the resorts of the Red and Dead Sea you can sunbathe and swim. The water temperature in the Dead Sea does not fall below 20 ° C in winter, and in the Red Sea it is 22-26 ° C throughout the year. In the Mediterranean Sea you can swim from June to October, when the water warms up to 25-30 ° C.
Not a single guide to Israel can do without mentioning the possibilities for treatment and SPA-relaxation on the Dead Sea. A joint treatment center for skin diseases has been opened at Ein Bokek, and respiratory, joint, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases are treated at Ein Gedi. Arriving at the resorts of the Dead Sea, you can stay in hotels with first-class SPA centers where they use the mud and minerals of this unique reservoir for anti-aging and wellness treatments, as well as to relieve stress.
In Israel, you should try aromatic hummus made from chickpeas or other falafel beans, a traditional vegetable salad of finely chopped vegetables, mincemeat, street shawarma in different variations, chicken offal “Meorav Yerushalmi”, local pastries, mashed eggplant “Baba Ganush” and, Of course, Shakshuku is a traditional Jewish breakfast.
When planning a vacation in Israel, keep in mind that the hotels and restaurants here adhere to the principles of kashrut. For breakfast, they do not serve meat dishes and sausages, and for lunch and dinner – cheese and dairy dishes. Also in them you will not find clams and pork. Keep in mind that in terms of food, Israel is not the cheapest country for Russians, however, in local restaurants invariably large portions and, for example, one salad can be enough for 2-3 people. Tipping in restaurants is usually 10% and can sometimes be immediately included in the bill. And one more nuance: many restaurants and cafes, with the exception of tourist areas, do not work on Shabbat (from Friday evening to sunset on Saturday).
Beaches and swimming season
Beach holidays in Israel are possible on the Dead, Mediterranean and Red Seas. Tourists come to the Dead Sea all year round. Many beaches here belong to the coastal hotels.
Plan a summer trip with children to Israel on the Mediterranean coast – there are sandy beaches in Netanya, Herzliya, Ashkelon, as well as in Tel Aviv. It is better to come to the resort of the Red Sea, Eilat in September-November or April-June – during these periods the sea is perfectly warmed up and there is no sweltering heat. The beaches in Eilat are sandy and pebble, some of them relate to hotels, but at the same time are open to other visitors (they will have to pay for umbrellas and sun loungers). There are coral reefs on the south coast of Eilat and you can go scuba diving or snorkeling.
The local currency is the Israeli shekel. You can exchange euros and dollars for shekels at banks or exchange offices, and in the latter, as a rule, they do not take a commission for operations. You can also withdraw money from a card at ATMs and pay with bank cards, they are accepted everywhere.
Information about Israel and the work of financial institutions: from Sunday to Thursday, banks work, as a rule, from 8.30 to 12.00, and on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 16.00 to 18.00. Friday and Saturday are days off.
Family holidays in Israel will be calm and safe if you follow the basic rules. Understand the tightened security control at airports both upon arrival and at departure, and be prepared to calmly answer questions from employees and present personal items for inspection.