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Israel : When and where to go?
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Israel: Climate & Weather
A mixture of a Mediterranean climate along the entire coast and a desert climate in the desert, the dominant characteristic is the presence of two main seasons: Winter, between November and March, which can be very cold with snow in some areas; and summer, from April to October, which is very hot with cold nights in the desert regions. The weather is temperate on the coast during all seasons.
12°C - 54°F
Jerusalem, updated 03:20 GMT
What to do in Israel
Beyond the ideological conflicts that have affected Israel for so long, this is a country with a variety of beautiful landscapes and a wealth of historical richness.
Jerusalem is only one of the country's treasures: This is a thrice-holy city (it is so for Jews, Muslims and Christians), the importance of its history and significance cannot be ignored. You will certainly appreciate the colours of its stone, the various neighborhoods and the monuments full of symbolism. Admire the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount, visit the ancient walls of the old city, go to the Wailing Wall, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, climb the Mount of Olives...
Tel Aviv, the modern city, cannot be compared to Jerusalem but you will surely enjoy its cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere. Visit the Diaspora Museum and relax on the beautiful beaches.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to float on the waters of the Dead Sea! After this experience, visit the Ein Gedi oasis before going on to the fortress of Masada.
The Galilee is a green and fertile area, but also the birthplace of Jesus: Nazareth is, obviously, the most visited city, but you can spend some time in Beit She'an, a very important archaeological site, where everything has not been discovered, there you can find a Roman temple and amphitheater, as well as the Byzantine baths.
Israel : The basics
The easiest way to go to Israel is by air.
EU citizens do not require a visa to stay for less than three months.
The currency in circulation is the new shekel.
The budget required is reasonable: A double room costs about €60 and a decent meal about €20. Plan a budget for museums and other tourist sites, which are quite expensive.
There are no specific health issues but some precautions should be taken: Beware of scorpions if you go hiking, protect yourself seriously from the sun and drink plenty of water. Also, be careful with the mosquitoes, they can transmit "Nile Fever".
To travel within the country, buses are the most convenient and cheapest means of transportation: Take note, the Israeli buses do not run on Saturday (Shabbat).
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