Israel in October: The Holy Land Unbound

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Israel is a treasure of a place for visitors all year round. But in October, the country gains the distinct charm of the fall season. The air is crisper and cooler during this time, which is perfect for exploring the entire length and breadth of the country—including the regions not ideal for traveling during summer. October is part of the shoulder season in Israel, so travelers will have a chance to enjoy the country’s top attractions. If you travel to Israel in October, you will get to enjoy the coastal cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa as well as the holy land of Israel in relatively crowd-free conditions. This is also a great time to visit the Golan Heights and Hula Valley to see the natural beauty of Israel.

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Israel Weather in October

The view of fall trees on the Mount of Olives in the sunset, Jerusalem.
Take advantage of the almost ideal October weather in Israel, which features warm temperatures everywhere.

Israel’s weather is near perfect in October, with balmy conditions all around. At this time of year, the daytime temperature fluctuates between 19°C and 26°C. Nights are still cooler at 13°C to 17°C. There is little to no rainfall. With the water temperature averaging at 26°C, this is also a perfect time to enjoy a swim while visiting Israel in October.

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

Weather in Israel in October - Rainfall and Temperatures

Sep Oct Nov
Avg Daily (°C) 30 28 24
Avg Nightly (°C) 20 17 12
Avg Daily (°F) 86 83 76
Avg Nightly (°F) 68 63 54
Avg Rainfall (mm) 10 30 70

Why Visit Israel in October

Traditional Jewish matzah ball soup in Sukkot in Israel.
Sukkot is a festival that celebrates the farmer's yearly harvest, which takes place during October.
The tower of David on a sunny day during October.
Take advantage of fewer crowds in October and explore the tower of David in Israel.

In addition to the gorgeous weather, there are several other reasons why traveling to Israel in October is a good idea. Here are some of them:

  • Affordable rates: Since October falls in the shoulder season of Israel, travel companies offer discounts on premium tour packages compared to the busier summer months.
  • Events and festivals: The Jewish community in Israel celebrates the week-long festival of Sukkot in October. The event, which is a combination of a Thanksgiving and harvest festival, draws pilgrims to important holy sites of the country for prayers and feasts.
  • Fewer crowds: Being the shoulder season and fewer religious festivals on the calendar, Israel’s major attractions draw fewer visitors in October. For those looking for a relaxed holiday experience in the country, October is the perfect time to visit.

Where to Go and What to Do

The sunny side view of Tel Aviv
Explore the beautiful city of Tel Aviv in Israel during October.

If you are interested in art and music, there are several events that take place in Israel in October. The Negev desert transforms into an attractive party destination, as it hosts a variety of events such as In-D-Negev and Midburn during this month. You can also visit the Tel Aviv Jaffa, which features global musical artists representing various genres.

Nature lovers can head to the Hula Valley and Ein Gedi to enjoy nature and wildlife. Everything from small desert rabbits to large crocodiles comes out in the open to bask in the sun during the daytime. Birdwatchers must visit the wetlands of the Hula Valley to see the migratory birds.

Jerusalem is one of the most-visited tourist and pilgrimage sites in Israel. The shoulder month of October is a great time to explore this holy land and also explore Israel's sacred sites and landmarks, including the Mount of Olives and the Tower of David. Visiting hours, however, could be limited around the time of Sukkot festival.

The Hospitaller Fortress in Acre and the Botanical Garden of Eilat are also worth checking out while visiting Israel in October. For beach fun, head to Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya, or any other coastal or beach area of Israel. Also, visit the Dead Sea and spend a day soaking in its mineral-rich waters. You can combine hiking, cultural, and sightseeing tours by visiting the Galilee region.

Israel is a year-round destination, but if you are searching for a place to stay on a budget and avoid crowds at popular destinations, October is the best time to visit the country. The weather is mild during this time, allowing you to explore the historical land, its many sites and landmarks, and culture.

Organizing a holiday can be stressful, so let our travel experts do the heavy lifting for you with our customizable trips to Israel. All you need to do is provide a couple of quick requirements and they will do the rest. You can also find our guide on how long to stay in Israel helpful.

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on March 27, 2023

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