Spectacular Israel is a melting pot of history and culture, where east meets west and traditional meets modern around every corner. From the ancient wonders of Jerusalem, to Tel Aviv’s cosmopolitan city vibes, it’s a perfect place to enjoy two holidays in one, with the polar-opposite cities just an hour’s drive apart. BeachesWith over 120 miles of shimmering sands to explore, beach bunnies will adore Tel Aviv’s sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline. Chilled-out Jaffa Beach’s big waves make it a firm favourite with surfers, whilst families flock to Metzitzim, famed for its shallow waters and fun-filled summer beach parties. Top TipIf you fancy a jaunt out of the cities, the magical Dead Sea is just a few hours from Tel Aviv, via a direct bus service. Bordering both Israel and neighbouring Jordan, its super-salty waters are a whopping 1,388ft below sea level, making it the lowest place on Earth! Food and DrinkWith its incredible fusion of world cultures, it’s no wonder that Israel is a food-lover’s paradise. A particular hit in Tel Aviv is the mouth-watering ‘sabich’, a fresh pitta full to bursting with fried aubergine, eggs and a moreish mango sauce. Jerusalem is also a hotspot for delicious ‘kubbeh’ soup, a homely dumpling dish that will definitely see you going back for seconds. CultureWith diverse influences from countless nations and beliefs, culture vultures will love what Israel has to offer. Art is a particularly celebrated genre, with works from icons such as Picasso and Monet taking pride of place at Tel Aviv’s Museum of Art. Plus, the mesmerising Jerusalem Festival of Lights, held every summer, welcomes artists from across the globe to splash the whole city with colour. NightlifeCool and contemporary Tel Aviv is perfect for a night (or two!) on the town, with a thriving club scene meaning you can bar-hop around the clock. Voted the best bar in the city, the underground Kuli Alma is legendary for its chilled-out beats and vibrant design - whilst The Block’s electro sounds and world-class DJ roster make it the ultimate clubbing hotspot. Important InformationFlight Time: 5 hours 10 minutesTime Difference: +3hr Currency: Israeli New Shekel Official Language: Hebrew and Arabic VaccinationFor all up to date healthcare requirements, please check with your doctor before booking your holiday. VisaBritish 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 Tel Aviv Holidays
Church of the Holy SepulchreBelievers and non-believers alike come together to 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. Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts MarketWith its colourful combo of beautiful handicrafts and lively street performances, this is no ordinary market. Nestled in the heart of Tel Aviv, this bustling pop-up community is yours to explore every Tuesday and Friday - or if eats and treats are more your thing, the city’s biggest and best food market, Carmel, is right next door.Museum RowSteeped in thousands of years of history, this iconic Jerusalem 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.White CityA UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003, this architectural paradise is perfect for an afternoon stroll. With over 4,000 modernist buildings dating back to the 1920s, and quirky boutiques and cafes galore, it’s a great spot to discover an iconic period of Tel Aviv’s more recent history.