Summers in Israel tend to be boiling. Thus today, we will go over the attractions where you will not feel the heat. But first, let’s start with the weather.
Note: I shot the featured photo at Tel Aviv port while my daughter played in the water. There is a similar fountain in Jerusalem called The Dancing fountain at Teddy Park.
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Here is the data that I collected for Events and Festivals in Israel:
Summer months in Israel are from June till September (including). During those months, the temperature is usually above 25 C, and August is the hottest month.
There are several ways to cope with the heat. Here are the strategies with examples:
- Sunrise and sunset – though it is hot durring midday, at sunrise, sunset and at night it is much cooler. Thus you can join early, late activities and rest during the afternoon. Israel Nature and Parks authority is using this concept and offers various tours. For example there are usually sunrise tours at Masada National Park and Arbel National Park. There are lantern tours at Caesarea National Park, Nimrod Fortress National Park and other parks. There is also stargazing activities (for example we participated in startgazing at Jordan Star National Park last year). And some places are open till late, for instance: Apollonia National Park.
- Water – visiting the beach is the obvious option. And in Israel there are many beaches, whether it is along the Mediterranean Sea (Ashdod Beach, Tel Aviv, Beit Yanai Beach, Haifa, Acre (Akko) Beach, Achziv National Park and others), Sea Of Galilee, Dead Sea or the Red Sea by Eilat. Another alternative would be water activities, whether it is a water park, surfing, Kayaking and Rafting in Upper Galilee, canoeing in Rob Roy or visiting hot springs like Hamat Gader. Also, in this category you can include water hikes, for instance Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Amud Stream Nature Reserve, Majrase – Betiha Nature Reserve, and Nahal HaShofet.
- Museums and Indoor Activities – since almost all buildings in Israel are air-conditioned, you can visit museums during the hottest hours of the day. The most known museums are in the three Israeli’s largest cities: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. And beside museums there are places like Israel Aquarium, Knesset – The Parliament Tours and indoor markets (like Sarona Market).
- Caves and underground – though it is hot on the surface, once you go unerground you will find that it is significantly cooler. Here are several examples with extensive underground spaces: tunnels at Western Wall Tunnels, City Of David, Cave of Zedekiah, Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve, Beit Shearim, Beit Guvrin National Park.
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- Clothing – prefer non dark clothes and dress lightly. But if you will be doing long hikes, consider shirts with long sleeves (this way you will keep you hands from burns and scratches).
- Hats – always wear hats and for extra protection take a hat with a wide brim.
- Water – always take plenty of water and drink even if you are not thirthy. For reference, for a half day hike, you will typically need two liters of water per person.
- Sunscreen – use sunscreen of at least 30 SPF 15-30 minutes before exposure to the sun (source).
What are your favorite summer attractions? And what tips do you have to cope with the heat? Tell us in the comments below.
Additional ResourcesHere are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.