Israel in July

Palm trees in Israel

July is one of the hottest summer months in Israel, with long days and high temperatures, making it one of the best times to visit for sea and sun lovers. However, It is also the beginning of the school summer holiday and a popular time for many tourists to visit here, which makes some of the major attractions in Israel much more crowded. So if you plan to visit Israel in July, here are the best things to do in Israel on the hot summer days.

Weather in Israel in July

July is one of the hottest months in Israel. The maximum average temperatures soar above 30 Celsius/86 Fahrenheit, and can even reach 40 Celsius/104 Fahrenheit on especially hot days. The most pleasant region in July is the mountains, where the maximum average temperature is usually only 28 Celsius/82 Fahrenheit. July is also characterized by a high level of humidity, especially in coastal cities like Tel Aviv.

Best things to do on a July Israel trip

Enjoy the desert summer nights

Although summer in the desert doesn’t sound like the ideal travel experience, some of the high-altitude locations in the Negev are actually the best places to visit in Israel at this time. Those include places like Sde Boker and Mitzpe Ramon, which offer great hikes and views, alongside rich history and diverse cultures.

The summer days in the desert are relatively hot, but much less humid compared to the coastal areas, and in the afternoon, you can already feel a pleasant breeze here, as the temperatures drop considerably towards the evening. In addition to the pleasant evening weather in the Negev, you can enjoy the region’s beautiful sunsets and starry skies, which add a lot to the special charm of the place.

Visit the big cities

As July is not the best time to be outside for long stretches of the day, we would recommend spending most of your time in the big cities of Israel during your trip. In Tel Aviv, you can escape the heat and spend most of your days in museums like the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, or in the numerous cool Tel Aviv cafes, before enjoying the sea breeze during sunset on the Tel Aviv Promenade.

In the mountainous cities of Jerusalem and Haifa, you can enjoy a more mild summer climate, and visit many additional museums and shaded places, in addition to the numerous important religious sites. Those options make the 3 biggest cities in the country great places to build your itinerary around if you visit Israel in July.

Dive in Eilat

Eilat’s Reef offers incredible diving and snorkeling options, and although the southernmost point of Israel gets extremely hot during summer, it doesn’t matter that much, as you’ll spend most of your time here lying on the beach or diving in the beautiful Red Sea, which will give you an ideal escape from the heat of the desert. However, it’s important to note that Eilat gets quite busy during July, so expect higher prices compared to other times of the year.

Enjoy a live concert

Every summer, Tel Aviv attracts plenty of popular international singers and bands, who hold big live shows here, mostly in Hayarkon Park. With past performances of names such as Elton John, Maroon 5, Bob Dylan, and many more, we would highly recommend checking the Israel concert schedule in advance, as you might come here at the time of a great concert by one of your favorite artists.

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