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Israel Holidays

All regions in Israel

Three tips for a top trip

Try classic eats

Traditional dishes include falafel, hummus, sabich (aubergine, egg, hummus and pickles in a pitta), shawarma (thin layers of grilled meat) and labneh (a creamy, yogurty cheese).

A pocketful of shekels

The Israeli new shekel is used across the country, and gets its name from a biblical currency. The shekel is divided into 100 agorot. Tipping 10-15% is standard in restaurants.

Plan for Shabbat

Most shops, businesses and tourist sites close from Friday evening until after sunset on Saturday for the weekly sabbath. You can get out and about, but there may be limited services.

Don’t-miss dates in Israel


A great time to visit the coast, as it’s sunny and not too hot. It’s also a good time to hike, with plants and flowers turning hills and valleys into a gloriously lush spectacle.

Israel Festival

This major music and theatre festival in late May and early June always features some big international productions, and brings a lovely atmosphere to Jerusalem’s streets.


The Jewish festival of light runs for eight days in December, and features candle-lighting ceremonies and plenty of delicious food – notably doughnuts and potato cakes.

Best things to do in Israel

Explore Jerusalem

The past is vividly present in the Western Wall – often known as the ‘Wailing Wall’ – and the City of David. Museums contain treasures including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and underground passages lead to mysterious shrines.

Party it up in Tel Aviv

Look out to the sea and forward to the future in Tel Aviv, where beach life, vibrant bars, big-name DJs, inventive cocktails and craft beer create a bubbling brew.

Kick back in the Dead Sea

Its air hazy, its water mineral-packed and dense with salt, the Dead Sea is unique. There are some excellent spas here, as well as some nice hiking trails.