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The Best Time to Visit Tel Aviv in 2023 | When to Go

The Best Time to Visit Tel Aviv in 2023 | When to Go

Founded in 1909 as a Jewish garden suburb, Tel Aviv has evolved into a culturally impactful city. It’s one of those cities that leaves an ever-lasting impression on visitors, and you simply can’t go without reliving that experience more than once.

But when exactly is the best time to visit Tel Aviv, be it for your long-awaited return or as a first-time visitor?

Figuring that out may be challenging, as there’s so much going on at different times of the year. From cultural events and Israeli holidays to beach life, local gastronomy, and stunning landmarks, your agenda can fill up fairly quickly.

This is where we step in — with our detailed guide. Not only will we help you find the best time to visit Tel Aviv, but we’ll provide you with additional tips and useful information that will make your trip nothing short of extraordinary.

Shall we?  

Why You Should Visit Tel Aviv in 2023

Brick and stone buildings in the alleyway of Jaffa, the old city, pictured during the overall best time to go to Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv is one of the most fascinating places you can visit — no words or explanations do this city’s beauty justice, but at the same time, we understand why someone would need convincing to visit such a pricey destination.

If this is you, consider the following reasons why Tel Aviv should make it to your travel bucket list:

  • The markets. With a plethora of good local food markets, going from one to another can be quite the adventure. If you’re looking for a Middle Eastern vibe, visit Carmel Market. For a more urban and down-to-earth experience, take a look at some of the recent food markets — Sarona Market and the one at the port.
  • The beaches. For many people, hitting the beach and basking in the sun are the main reasons to visit Tel Aviv. The weather’s always pleasant, except for the occasional winter rain and infrequent chilly temperatures. Our favorite beaches in Tel Aviv are Gordon Beach, Jaffa Beach, Aviv Beach, Hilton Beach, Charles Clore Beach and Park, Jerusalem Beach, and Nordau Beach.
  • The architecture. A blend of old and new, Tel Aviv’s architecture abounds with Bauhaus buildings and contemporary glass skyscrapers — a majestic contrast to witness. While you can marvel at the city’s architecture on your own, we’d also suggest joining some of the local architecture tours, where you won’t only take a look at the different styles in the city but also get valuable insights into Tel Aviv’s history.
  • The nightlife. With such a dynamic nightlife and plenty of places to visit, Tel Aviv has something going on all the time. The night starts at 7 p.m., where many take advantage of happy hour offers, but there’s a reason Tel Aviv is Israel’s party capital — the fun never stops (we’re not exaggerating when we say that you can party 24/7).
  • The location. The city’s great as a home base for exploring more of Israel. Take a day trip to other exciting locations — we recommend the Dead Sea, Masada, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, or Capernaum.

Now that we laid the reasons why you should visit Tel Aviv on the table, let’s see when the best time to visit is.

Overall Best Time to Visit Tel Aviv

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The best time to visit Tel Aviv is in the summer (June–August). The Mediterranean is ideal for a swim, as the water temperature is perfect and the skies are clear.

This is Tel Aviv’s driest and busiest season — for the former, make sure to stay hydrated; for the latter, book your accommodation well in advance to secure somewhat reasonable prices.

These months see average temperatures between highs of 86.4°F and lows of 69.1°F. Heat waves are possible, so visitors are advised to be cautious.

If hitting the beach isn’t your main goal in Tel Aviv, you can always opt for some of the exciting events taking place at that time. June hosts the annual Tel Aviv Pride, honoring Israel’s LGBT community.

Then there’s TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s International LGBTQ Film Festival, complementing the Pride celebration.

Keeping everyone awake, White Night International Festival is another yearly celebration during which everything remains open late (not that you’ll run out of options otherwise), and a myriad of events take place at the same time throughout the city.

Starting in June and running through August, The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival is one of the largest of its kind worldwide.

Cheapest Time to Visit Tel Aviv

It’s weird to talk about the cheapest time to visit such an expensive city, as Tel Aviv can never be considered a budget destination.

But if you wish to avoid peak season prices, consider visiting in November. It’s said to be the city’s least expensive month.

You may come across more attractive hotel rates and versatile flight prices. Being the last fall month, November sees temperatures between highs of 74.1°F and lows of 58.3°F.

Least Busy Time to Visit Tel Aviv

Empty street seen walking down Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv during the least busy time to visit

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The least busy time to visit Tel Aviv is either in spring (March–May) or in September and October.

Those who wish to avoid the hectic crowds or long queues will find these shoulder months satisfactory. Spring is a great time to be in Tel Aviv. Temperatures increase after a chilly winter period, and the city enjoys moderate crowds.

If you visit in March, make time for Purim (although the dates vary each day). A popular Jewish festival, Purim is all about masquerading, having a good time, partying, having a drink, and letting yourself get loose.

April hosts Fresh Paint, an art and design fair to add a bit of an aesthetic vibe to your Israeli itinerary. This month also marks Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) with both formal and informal festivities and celebrations.

May has another significant celebration — Shavuot, a Jewish holiday. Observe the day by either joining a loud evening feast or observing a costume parade.

These months have average temperatures between highs of 76.8°F and lows of 52.7°F. Visiting in fall means you don’t have to fight your way to major attractions, keep up with the summer tourists, or book in advance to get okay prices.

Take note of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which take place in September/October (varies from year to year), and Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.

Probably the holiest day in the entire year, Yom Kippur is celebrated with full fasting, prayer, sin confessions, and ascetic behavior. In October, there’s the Tel Aviv Night Run — you can take part or just cheer on participants.

Mark your calendars for October’s Sukkot celebration, honoring the 40 years Jewish people spent in the desert heading toward the Promised Land. Average fall temperatures fluctuate between a high of 84.9°F and a low of 58.3°F.

Worst Time to Visit Tel Aviv

Although a year-round destination, the worst time to head to Tel Aviv is probably during the winter months (December–February).

That said, the temperatures are still fairly enjoyable, with highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F. Swimming, however, is not a good idea.

It may be possible, but as rain is quite frequent, nothing quite lives up to Tel Aviv’s spring and summer sun and transparent skies. If going to the beach isn’t that important to you, chances are you won’t perceive winter as the worst time to visit Tel Aviv.

However, we believe that hitting the beach is a key Tel Aviv experience, one without which you can’t fully experience the city.

On another note, thanks to the slight spike in tourists, prices may increase in winter, especially during the holiday season — yet another reason why you should avoid going to Tel Aviv in winter.

That said, Christmas is said to be a magical time in Tel Aviv — the best way to celebrate it is by heading to Bethlehem, with Hanukkah overlapping most of the time or occurring just before.

It’s one of those holidays that will acquaint you with the Jewish way of doing festivities and make you understand their culture. New Year celebrations include a myriad of entertaining parties (note that January 1st isn’t a national holiday, though).

The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival happens in February, one of the best jazz events in the country. If you’re into running, sign up for the yearly Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon in February and compete with fellow runners.

Things to Consider

Cool view of the colorful flowers in Habima Square in the center of the city during the best time to visit Tel Aviv


Want to have the best Tel Aviv visit possible? Follow our travel tips to make sure you make the most out of your Israeli trip:

  • Tel Aviv is a safe city overall. That said, keep your valuables in a safe location and don’t wander the streets alone, especially in secluded or unfamiliar areas.
  • Avoid discussing politics. Tel Aviv may be a safe location, but the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian tension and everybody having an opinion about it isn’t the best way to strike up a conversation with a local — just keep your thoughts to yourself.
  • Locals are infamous line cutters, so speak up if you end up getting cut off.
  • Pack modest clothing and make sure to wear it, especially when you visit some religious sites.
  • If you go to Tel Aviv during the Christmas season and wish to attend some local festivities in other cities that played a role in Jesus’ life, such as Jerusalem, Nazareth, or Bethlehem, book your stay well in advance, as accommodation can be scarce at that time.
  • Hiring a local guide isn’t necessary — consider joining some of the free tours provided by Tel Aviv Global & Tourism instead.
  • Carry an ID with you at all times.
  • Having access to a plethora of places to eat (including international cuisine) may be tempting, but stick to local delicacies — not only to experience Tel Aviv in the most authentic way possible but also to save some money. Etzel Street is our suggested area for the latter.
  • The Israeli government doesn’t require visitors to have passports valid for at least six months after they arrive in the country, but many airlines will probably do so. That said, showing a return ticket and proof of financial funds to enter Israel is necessary.
  • Get ready for heightened security at airports — the country is known to deny entry based on visitors’ background check results. It’s up to Israeli authorities to decide who enters their country. Allow yourself enough time for such thorough security checks, especially during the peak season or more important public holidays.
  • Extra tip: many people get nervous when they’re being interviewed, which may leave a bad impression and result in them not being allowed to enter the country. Keep calm, have your answers ready, and just understand this is part of a routine each traveler is required to undergo to visit Israel.
  • Israeli hospitals are expensive, so make sure you arrive with valid travel insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lots of people one the beach in Tel Aviv pictured during the overall best time to visit the city

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What are some facts about Tel Aviv?

Some facts about Tel Aviv include:

1. Tel Aviv is one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world.
2. Tel Aviv is also referred to as the ”White City.”
3. The city is said to have a high dog-to-human ratio — there’s a dog for every seventeen people in the city. Can you believe it?
4. Tel Aviv is home to the largest number of Bauhaus buildings in the world.
5. The city enjoys 300 days of sunshine.
6. You can find juice stands on almost every corner of the city.

Is Tel Aviv cheap or expensive?

Tel Aviv is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Past travelers’ experiences have shown that you need around $1170 for a three-day trip if you’re going solo, $1985 if you’re visiting as a couple, and $2570 if you’re going as a family of four.

Hotel prices in the city center vary between $590 and $1480. You need approximately $90 per day per person for public transportation and local restaurants. That said, note that these figures are approximations.

In other words, although they may be valid at this point, they’re more than likely to undergo some changes in the future, so our advice is always to double-check the latest information before you leave for Tel Aviv.

What is the best way to get around Tel Aviv?

Believe it or not, the best way to navigate Tel Aviv is by bike. The city is relatively flat, the attractions are in close proximity to one another, and rental stations are scattered all over the city.

If biking isn’t your thing, you can always rely on buses, taxis, or your two feet. Car renting isn’t recommended, as you may find driving in Tel Aviv challenging, to say the least — most Israelis don’t follow all the traffic laws and driving rules.

What food is Tel Aviv known for?

Food-wise, Tel Aviv is known for falafel, shakshouka, Jerusalem mix (me’orav Yerushalmi), schnitzel, houmous, pitzukhim, sabikh, knafeh, shawarma, Druze pita, halva, and others.

Is one day enough for Tel Aviv?

While it’s absolutely possible to see the major attractions and the city’s highlights in a single day, it’d be better to try and stay for at least several days to fully experience Tel Aviv.

Also, although exploring the city on your own may be tempting, if you’re limited with time, we suggest opting for a guided tour so that you manage to make the most out of your time.

So, What’s the Best Time to Visit Tel Aviv?

The best time to visit Tel Aviv is in the summer (June–August). With its pleasant weather, sunny days, busy beaches, and a myriad of cool events, you’re bound to have a memorable stay. Get ready for peak-season prices, though.

If you wish to visit Tel Aviv while sticking to a tight budget, opt for November. This month is when travelers can score attractive airfare deals and come across cheap accommodation rates. Still, considering how expensive Tel Aviv is, keep in mind that heading there can never be an affordable getaway.

The least busy time to head to Tel Aviv is during the city’s two shoulder periods — spring (April and May) and fall (September and October). These limbo periods allow visitors to avoid large crowds or queues while enjoying nice weather conditions.

The worst time to find yourself in Tel Aviv is in winter (December–February). Beach-goers won’t enjoy the same privileges as summer visitors, the nights are chilly, and prices skyrocket around major holidays.

That said, it’s also a special time to be in the country, considering the plethora of festivities and local celebrations, drawing in both locals and visitors.

All in all, Tel Aviv is one of those majestic cities you can head to at any time of the year and have an awesome stay. Plus, following our travel tips and suggestions will further ensure that your Tel Aviv adventure is one to remember!