Jerusalem – When to Go
Jerusalem is a spiritual and sensory experience like no other; unparalleled, beautiful and passionate! No matter if you’re Christian, Jew, Muslim or even an atheist, this city will enchant you with sounds of the shofar, the muezzin’s call and church bells; with a mixture of various flavors and street smells: from spices to church incense; with incredible historical sights and arguably world’s best cuisine. For top travel tips for the number one Israeli tourist destination, I recommend taking a look at Jerusalem Visitor Guide. However, right now I would like to help you choose the best time to visit this breathtaking city!
In general, Jerusalem is year-round travel destination and, whenever you choose to visit it, you won’t go wrong. But, if you want to experience this marvelous city when the crowds are thin and the weather is mild, opt for Spring (April-May) and fall (October-November). Spring is characterized by clear skies, low rainfall, warmer weather and beautiful, blossoming landscape. In autumn, the weather is warm and pleasant during the days, while the nights can be relatively cool. Nevertheless, you should check-cross the desired travel dates with major religious celebrations (for Jews: Passover, Sukkot…) because hotel prices can be increased during these days.
When it comes to summer, despite really high daytime temperatures, it is the peak tourism season in Jerusalem. Summer months (June-September) are characterized by powerful sun, no rain at all, crowd and high accommodation prices. If you’re looking to avoid all above mentioned, I suggest skipping hot summer days for visiting Jerusalem.
On the other hand, winter offers incredible hotel deals, even though the weather might be tricky: one day can be chilly and rainy, while the next can be warm and sunny. The coldest month of the year is January with minimum temperatures falling to freezing point on the coldest days. Basically, winter months (mid-November-March) are cold, windy and rainy, but the lack of tourist crowd and lower accommodation prices might be worth taking a risk.
Now, plan your journey accordingly and I’m sure you’ll be mesmerized by this astonishing city!