Israel in August: Summer Travel Tips

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From the bustling city and beaches of Tel Aviv to the holy land of Jerusalem and the beautiful Golan Heights, Israel is brimming with holidaymakers in August. This is the peak tourist season when the country sees plenty of summer sunshine. There is no shortage of places to see and activities to enjoy when you visit Israel in August. Be sure to plan your trip to Israel well in advance by booking your flights and accommodation early so you do not miss out.

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Israel Weather in August

Sunset at old city of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives during August.
The temperature in Jerusalem can reach well into the thirties during the day but gets significantly cooler towards the evening in August.

August in Israel is the second hottest month of the year after July. The daytime average temperature across the country is 23°C, comfortable enough for visiting a plethora of outdoor historical sites. The temperature in Jerusalem can reach well into the thirties during the day but gets significantly cooler towards the evening. There will be up to 12 hours of daylight in Israel in August, allowing you to pack in a lot of activities into your itinerary.

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Israel.

Weather in Israel in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jul Aug Sep
Avg Daily (°C) 31 31 30
Avg Nightly (°C) 21 21 20
Avg Daily (°F) 88 88 86
Avg Nightly (°F) 70 70 68
Avg Rainfall (mm) 10 10 10

Why Visit Israel in August

Gilboa Hot Air Balloon Festival during the late night in August.
Stay late to enjoy the nighttime show of illuminated balloons during Gilboa hot air balloon festival.

Israel sees a lot of visitors in August, but rest assured you will find plenty of interesting places and activities. You can easily combine popular tourist sights with those off the beaten track. Here are some of the few reasons why you should visit Israel in August:

  • Hutzot Hayotzer Fair: As part of the summer celebration, the Hutzot Hayotzer Festival takes place in the shadow of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The event features some of Israel's best musicians, artists, and craftsmen.
  • Jerusalem puppet festival: The shows for the Jerusalem Puppet Festival are built on variety, originality, aesthetic excellence, and significance, featuring both contemporary and traditional puppet theater from both local and international puppeteers.
  • Gilboa hot air balloon festival: View the spectacular array of balloons against the backdrop of the Gilboa hot air balloon festival. Stay late to enjoy the nighttime show of illuminated balloons.

Where to Go and What to Do

The sunny side view of Tel Aviv in Israel.
Let your inner traveler take over as you explore this beautiful city, walk through its bustling streets, and stroll the beachfront promenade in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv.

You can explore Jerusalem, which is the city that is said to be the epicenter of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The city is rife with holy sites, including the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Mosque of Omar. Take a walking tour of the city to explore its many historical sights and learn more about its history and significance.

From Jerusalem head to Caesarea, a stunning national park, featuring a beautifully preserved Roman amphitheater. In the summer months, you can snorkel in the clear blue water by day and catch a concert in the amphitheater by night.

In Tel Aviv, be sure to explore Nahalat Binyamin Market. This bustling street market specializes in selling all sorts of arts and crafts from all corners of Israel. This is a perfect place to spend some time interacting with locals and grabbing a souvenir or two. Tel Aviv’s beaches are particularly popular in August, as it is the ideal time for sunbathing and swimming. At Tel Aviv beach, you can play Matkot, a popular paddle-ball game. The game is about hitting a rubber ball with a wooden paddle as many times as possible without dropping the ball.

Head to Nazareth in the north of the country to explore the birthplace of Jesus. There are many holy sites that you can explore here. Take the popular Jesus Trail, popular among pilgrims and hikers, which features many sacred landmarks related to Jesus and his life.

You will get a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee. It is believed that this is the place where Jesus performed his miracles. It is also the place where Jesus is said to have fed the masses with a few loaves and fish and gave his Sermon on the Mount. Further along the Jordan River, you will find otters splashing in the traditional site of Jesus’s baptism in Yardenit.

A trip to Israel in August will be a fabulous experience. Although it is the peak season, do not be dismayed, as Israel offers plenty of options to get your fix on culture, history, scenery, and cuisine. The country guarantees something for everyone, whether you prefer to experience Israel’s bustling city life, enjoy a relaxing holiday on the beach, or spend your time touring its many holy landmarks and sites.

Organizing a holiday can be stressful, so let our local travel experts do the heavy lifting for you with our customized trips to Israel. All you need to do is provide a couple of quick requirements and they will do the rest.

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on May 9, 2023

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