One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem’s ancient wonders and vibrant modern culture make it the perfect place to experience two destinations in one. Less than an hour’s hop from Tel Aviv airport, the city’s unique attractions and spectacular history combine to create the ultimate short break, ideal for couples, families and friends alike. BeachesNestled inland between the Mediterranean and Dead Sea, Jerusalem doesn’t quite have beaches on its doorstep. However, if you fancy some sand between your toes, heading to the coast couldn’t be easier, with a brand new high-speed rail route soon to serve Tel Aviv’s gorgeous golden beaches. Top tipFor a taste of the seaside without leaving the city, check out the awesome new Israel Aquarium. Set to debut in autumn 2017, this family-friendly attraction is home to ten interactive exhibitions, including a huge walk-through shark tank, a stingray feeding pool and a mesmerising jellyfish gallery. Food & DrinkCosy home cooking and speedy street food are firm favourites with Jerusalemites, from indulgent ‘kubbeh’ dumpling soups, to crispy falafel wraps bursting with silky hummus. ‘Ice-café’, a coffee-based frozen drink, is also hugely popular, with its sweet, milky taste on offer around every corner. CultureCultural events take centre-stage across the city’s calendar, from the Shaon Horef Festival’s melting pot of music, dance, theatre and art, to the multi-sensory Abu Gosh Vocal Music experience, and the annual Jewish Film Festival. Plus, the spellbinding Festival of Lights, held every summer, welcomes artists from across the globe to splash the whole city with colour. NightlifeJerusalem’s nightlife scene is constantly on the move, with diverse music venues and cosy wine bars popping up right across the city. The Machane Yehuda Market’s evening tasting tour is a real highlight, taking in the neighbourhood’s hottest after-dark spots - or if clubbing is more your scene, head to the steampunk-inspired Justice, famed for its urban beats and eclectic railway station locale.Important InformationFlight Time: 5 hours 10 minutesTime Difference: +3hrCurrency: Israeli New ShekelOfficial Language: Hebrew and ArabicVaccinationFor all up to date healthcare requirements, please check with your doctor before booking your holiday.Visa British Passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist, and upon entry, are granted leave to stay for up to three months. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.
With an average temperature of 20°C, Israel’s a great year-round destination - although sun worshippers may prefer to visit from May to October, when it’s usually a toasty 24°C. Levels of rainfall are also the lowest during this time, with no showers expected at all during June, July and August. Plus, water babies are in luck, as the sea temperature is a refreshing 23°C on average.
Things To Do on Jerusalem Holidays
Church of the Holy SepulchreBelievers and non-believers alike come together in wonder at this sacred site, which is said to be where Jesus was both crucified and buried. With over 30 beautiful chapels, magnificent shrines and ornate mosaics, it’s a breathtaking place to experience part of Jerusalem’s rich religious history. The Western WallNo visit to Jerusalem would be complete without a trip to these iconic ruins, which originally formed part of an early Jewish temple. Considered the religion’s holiest site, more than a million notes of prayer are posted in the wall’s cracks every year. Plus, there’s almost half a mile of ancient tunnels hidden under the wall itself, with daily tours exploring their spectacular stone arches and aqueducts.Museum RowSteeped in thousands of years of history, this iconic neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s top museums, exploring the worlds of science, religion and art. Study the Dead Sea Scrolls at the incredible Israel Museum, enjoy hands-on family fun at the Bloomfield Science Museum, or discover thousands of ancient treasures at Bible Lands - the choice is yours.Arab SouksFor a trip with a colourful twist, head to the labyrinthine Muslim Quarter, which is packed with souks showcasing exotic spices, hand-made jewellery and vivid textiles. Its acres of bustling stalls also dish up traditional sweets and moreish pastries galore, making it a paradise for those with a sweet tooth.