What public areas are closed and what remains open on Shabbat in Israel?
Shabbat is the Jewish holy day of the week observed every Saturday. Shabbat starts at sunset on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday evening. All public offices and banks are closed, and public transportation does not operate on Shabbat. Most non-kosher restaurants remain open on Shabbat, and some shopping centers are also open, especially in Tel Aviv.
Can I keep in shape on a tour to Israel?
You’ll find comfortable weather throughout most of the year in Israel, so you can enjoy plenty of outdoor sports such as running/jogging, road cycling and off-road cycling. Swimming is excellent in Israel from April to October along the Mediterranean coast and the Sea of Galilee. Throughout the year, swimming is popular at the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea where temperatures remain warm all year round. Many hotels have excellent gyms facilities as well.
Is Israel accessible for travelers with special needs?
Absolutely! Israel is aware of the needs of travelers with special requirements. There are many accessible hotels, restaurants, outdoor sites and public transportation.[/text_block]
What is the weather like in Israel?
Israel is a perfect year round travel destination. The summers at times can get pretty hot and humid (especially along the coastline), but the winters are very mild with some occasional (and much needed) rain. All public transportation, malls, shops and restaurants are equipped with AC. Most importantly: you should always apply sunscreen whenever you go outside, especially in the summer.
What should I pack in my suitcase for my trip to Israel?
Always: A camera for capturing your special moments, a bathing suit, a hat, plenty of sunscreen, sandals for hiking in water, comfy hiking shoes (best tall ones), and a day pack for hiking. In summer: Lightweight T-shirts, sleeveless shirts and shorts. Pack a sweater or a jacket for chilly nights in the mountains or the desert. Some religious sites require long pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. In winter: Pack long sleeve shirts and trousers, sweaters, a warm hat, a scarf, gloves, a coat & raincoat and an umbrella. Sometimes there are very warm and sunny days in the winter season, so it is recommended to also bring some light cloths.[/text_block]