Spring has arrived, wildflowers are in bloom, and sunny days are plentiful in Israel in April. Average high temperatures range from 71ºF (22ºC) in Jerusalem to 88ºF (13ºC) in Eilat, while lows drop to 55ºF (13ºC) in Jerusalem and 63ºF (17ºC) in Eilat. Throughout the country, rainfall has eased, leaving behind lush gardens and sunny days. You can still expect the occasional day of rain, especially in the region surrounding Tiberias, and cooler evenings. However, you're unlikely to see the scorching hot temperatures that July and August bring.
Crowds & Costs
Except for Easter, when Catholics from near and far arrive to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in their Holy Land, April is considered off-season in Israel. If you're traveling on a budget, you can look forward to cheaper accommodation and transport rates, especially in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Israel's highlights, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Masada National Park, can be explored at your own pace and without the crowds. During Easter, you will want to book ahead, especially in Jerusalem, and be prepared for higher prices.
Where to Go
With pleasant temperatures, minimal rain, and fewer crowds, April is the perfect time to head out on a highlights tour of Israel. Begin your trip in Tel Aviv, where you can roam the historic neighborhood of Neve Tzedek and the lively Sheinkin street. Then, continue to Jerusalem to spend a few days between the ancient Old City and the Mount of Olives. You can also take a day trip to the Dead Sea, stopping at the Masada and the Qumran Caves.
Traveling north, you'll soon reach the Church of the Wedding Miracle in the small village of Cana and pass through Nazareth before reaching Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. If you're interested in biblical sites, head to Tabgha to tour the Church of the Multiplication, then continue to Haifa to see firsthand the Cave of Elijah.
Nature enthusiasts should take a trip to Ein Gedi Nature Park to search for waterfalls or the Hula Nature Reserve to participate in the region's popular bird watching. In contrast, those looking for a relaxing vacation at the beach can head to Eilat, located on the Red Sea.
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What to Do:
Options for things to do in Israel in April are plentiful, especially if you're interested in visiting the many biblical sites in the country. As Easter approaches, decorations are put up in towns, villages, and important holy sites. Jerusalem begins to fill up with Christian pilgrims looking to join the procession along the Via Dolorosa. If you don't mind crowds, it's a fascinating celebration to participate in or watch.
If you prefer to stay away from the crowds, Tel Aviv and Tiberias will still be quiet and offer plenty of things to do. In Tel Aviv, you can visit the world's largest diamond trading complex at the Tel Aviv Diamond Exchange or visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Then, Tiberias is the perfect base to hike in the Ein Gedi Nature Park or explore along Ein Bokek Beach. Over in Haifa, you can't miss a visit to the Persian Hanging Gardens of Baháʼí, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Events in April
Passover, nationwide. Commemorating the story of the Exodus, where Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt, events occur across the country. It's also a popular time for families to vacation., as the first and last days of Passover are public holidays.
Easter, nationwide. Throughout the country, Easter is celebrated wholeheartedly, but especially in Jerusalem. Christians flock to Israel to spend their Holy Week in the Holy Land and honor the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Traveling to Israel in April? Check out these great itineraries
History & Religion in Israel - 9 Days. Take a deep dive into Israel's rich history and culture as you roam the Old City of Jerusalem, explore the Judean desert, and tour ancient religious sites. Top off your trip with a swim in the Dead sea and wine tasting at Golan Winery.
Jerusalem, Masada & Dead Sea - 3 Days. Experience Jerusalem's ancient history and the beautiful nature of the Judean Desert. Visit the Tomb of King David, stroll through an open-air market, see the Dead Sea Scrolls, and take in the views from the hilltop Masada fortress.