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Winter vacation in Israel

Israel’s diverse climate and range of fascinating attractions make winter an excellent time to visit

Eldan Rent a Car (photo credit: Courtesy)
Eldan Rent a Car (photo credit: Courtesy)

During a winter break you’ll avoid the blisteringly hot months – but even so, the south of the country still basks in temperatures to suit the most avid sun worshipers. The Red Sea resort of Eilat is the ultimate winter destination for visitors from abroad, with its combination of tropical sea, coral reef and background of wild, bare granite mountains. If there is a cloudy day you can always head to the Underwater Observatory or if you have kids in tow you can take in the ‘Kings City’, a high-tech theme park, or catch a film in the IMAX Cinema.

Head north for skiing and snowboarding

It surprises many visitors to discover that Israel offers the opportunity of skiing during the winter months, with Mount Hermon home to a ski and snowboard resort.  Located in the Golan Heights to the far north of the country, the mountain has snow for much of the winter and is open for around 50 days of skiing, generally between January and March. With 14 ski runs and 5 chair lifts, as well as lessons and equipment hire, there’s plenty for the most experienced of skiers to enjoy. If you’re not into skiing, Mount Hermon is also the perfect scenic winter destination for biking and orienteering. The flowers and greenery are abundant at this time of year in contrast to the dry summer months.

Take a winter sightseeing break in Israel

Across the majority of the country, temperatures vary from cool to comfortably warm – ideal conditions in which to sightsee – something which is easy if you’ve opted for car rental in Israel. There’s the opportunity to take in the Dead Sea and Mount Masada without the brutal heat – and the Dead Sea will still be warm enough for a quick float. The Negev also benefits from a lower temperature and you can always opt for a fascinating tour of the area from the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center.

Low season has its perks!

Hotels are generally cheaper during the winter and tourist sites less crowded.  The price of car rental in Israel is noticeably less expensive too and you’ll be able to find many cost-effective and convenient flights at this time of year.

Israel really does have it all…

Overall, a winter vacation in Israel offers you the best of both worlds – where else would you be able to start your day at the very top of a snow-capped mountain, and end it on a sunny beach?