The Red Sea is one of the most favorite places for Russian tourists who want to bask in the tropical climate of Israeli resorts during the cold season. The coast of the Red Sea covers several states whose territories are adjacent to its shores.
Coming to Israel for the first time, a tourist should know some nuances about the local population, about customs and traditions, so that the rest near the coral waters is as pleasant as possible.
Features of holidays in Israel
Resorts in Israel on the Red Sea are not like resorts in other countries where you can go for the weekend. And the reason for this are several nuances that a potential tourist should know when planning to visit the Holy Land, so as not to get into trouble and not have problems with the law.
- It is better to visit Israel in autumn and spring. The country is located in the tropical climate zone, which means that summers are extremely hot here, and winters are rainy.
- During the Jewish holidays, tourism in Israel doubles in price, the cost of hotels and plane tickets increase. This must be taken into account when planning a budget.
- Israel lives according to its own calendar, unlike the rest of the world, so it is necessary to find out in advance in your homeland what days the holidays are and mark them on your calendar.
- Security in the Holy Land comes first because of the difficult political situation. Searches in public places, shopping malls, bus stations and airports are commonplace. In this regard, you should arrive at the airport 2 hours before departure in order to have time to wait in line for inspection and check-in.
- Visiting holy places is obligatory for women in closed clothes, a long scarf, in this case, on the hips is not a skirt, and a cap on the crown is not a full-fledged scarf. Men are advised to wear a yarmulke.
- Tipping in restaurants is 10%, sometimes this amount is included in the check. Tour guides are given $4.
- It should be borne in mind that after visiting Israel, or rather after receiving a mark in the passport, the tourist will be denied access to some Arab states, including Iran, Libya, the United Arab Emirates and others.
- Drinking alcohol in public places is prohibited, gambling is also prohibited.
- Swimming in the Dead Sea should be very careful: salt water, getting into the eyes and wounds, causes a burning sensation. Staying in the salty sea for more than 2 hours a day negatively affects health.
- Taking pictures of strategic and military installations is prohibited. Even if it is a military installation being transported or just a tank driving around the city. By photographing them, a tourist can attract the attention of the police.
- On the Sabbath day, sacred to the Israelites, all establishments, including catering establishments and shops, are closed from Friday evening until Saturday sunset. Therefore, it is worth stocking up on food and drinks in advance.
Israel is located in the tropical climate zone, depriving its inhabitants of snowy winters and seasonal differences. Of course, in Israel there is winter and summer, but the temperature regime fluctuates slightly. For example, the average air temperature in winter in the central regions can be + 10-18 ° at night and during the day, in the middle of spring + 16-25 °, in July + 25-35 °, and in October - + 20-30 °.
By Russian standards, it can be said that in Israel it is summer all year round. Snow here happens only in the mountains and stays for no more than a week.
As for the temperature of the water in a country washed by 4 seas, at the very height of summer, the temperature on the surface can reach +30 ° in the hottest months - in August and September. And until December it cools down by 2-3°. And only in February and March, in the coldest months, the water temperature is kept at +17°. This is due to the beginning of the rainy season.
In a tropical climate, the rainy season is observed closer to winter, in December and January it starts to rain up to 150 mm per month. In the middle of winter it can rain 8 times a month, 2 times a week on average. That's a lot for these places. In summer, the situation with precipitation is exactly the opposite.
From April to November, precipitation in Israel is rare (only 2-3 times a month), and from June to September their level is zero, while the air temperature in hot regions can reach +40°. Local residents are accustomed to such conditions, and tourists who have arrived from northern latitudes should better stay close to air conditioners or come in spring or autumn.
It is also necessary to take into account the city of residence. In the northern regions of the country the temperature is somewhat colder than in the south. Winter in the north can be cool, temperatures can drop to +7° at night, while in the south it can be as low as +15° on the same day.
During the day, the level of mercury on the thermometer can jump by 10°. So, if in the morning on a summer day it was + 26 °, then by 2 pm, the heat will increase to + 35 °. It is necessary to take this moment into account when collecting for long excursions around the city in order to take hats and enough drinking water with you.
When is the best time to go
Israeli resorts on the Red Sea begin to welcome most tourists from mid-spring. It is at this time that the March rains stop, and the water in the seas begins to heat up. The streets are moderate summer weather, the air temperature does not exceed +25 °, and the cities are slowly beginning to fill with tourists from all over the world.
Spring is also notable for the tourist because at this time of the year Jewish and national holidays important for Israelis begin, such as the Jewish Passover (Pesach) on April 22-29, Purim (March 21), Memorial Day and Independence Day (8 and 9 May). It is on the feast of Pesach that one of the most inexplicable wonders of the world can be observed - the Descent of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
It is also possible to visit Israel in the summer, but you should prepare for the extremely hot climate at this time of the year. The summer period is good because there are fewer tourists, and housing prices are falling. The same goes for the winter season, when the rains begin and the beaches on the seas remain half empty.
However, winter is the best time for healing at the Dead Sea, where the water temperature on the surface keeps warm up to +21°. Autumn is a great time to plan city tours or go on a pilgrimage trip. In September the sun still heats up to +30°C, but in October the temperature begins to drop, the sea cools down to +25°C, and the autumn holidays begin.
In October, Israelis celebrate 3 holidays at once: Sukkot (picnic time), the Day of Atonement - Yom Kiput, and the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah. In 2019, the people of Israel celebrate the year 5780.
How to choose a resort in Israel
Having chosen the Israeli state, it will not be difficult to choose a resort. On the territory of the country and near it there are 4 seas: the Mediterranean in the north, the Red in the south and southeast, the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee inland. The latter, by the way, is only conditionally the sea, but in essence it is a lake, the size of which is only 21x13 km. The most popular among tourists is the Red and Dead Sea.
Most Israeli tours go there. People who want to improve their health, gain strength, and improve children's health go to the Dead Sea. In the resort of Ein Bokek, sanatoriums and spas offer their services to help bring overall health in order.
Also in the resort are many shops of the famous cosmetics, consisting of ingredients collected from the Dead Sea. Resorts on the Red Sea, in addition to Israeli Eilat, also include the coast of the neighboring state of Jordan, also located along the coast.
In terms of cost, Eilat is cheaper than the resorts of Jordan, although they offer similar services, not counting excursions to various ancient places. The Red Sea is distinguished by its cleanliness and the popularity of water sports, especially underwater excursions.
The resort is located on the coast of the Red Sea, or rather on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba. The weather conditions of this region allow you to enjoy a beach holiday here all year round. The place is attractive for tourists due to moderate air humidity, only 25-30%, and the absence of rains, which occur only a few times a year. The air temperature fluctuates from +18° to +27° throughout the year.
There is no exhausting heat at +40°, so the climate is suitable for tourists from northern countries. The beach in Eilat is surrounded by mountainous terrain, and the water in the Red Sea is so clean and transparent that you can see how marine life lives, and especially red corals, due to the color of which the sea is called Red.
The sea is calm, dolphins often swim up to the coast, and lush palm trees grow along the coastal sidewalks. The resort is very popular with divers. For the sake of this entertainment, various diving centers and clubs offer their services along the coast with the provision of equipment and hotel rooms. The cost of 45 minutes of diving is within 150-200 shekels.
The infrastructure at the resort is in full operation. On the beach you can rent sunbeds, umbrellas, use a shower with fresh water. Hotels are open on the coast and closer to the city center with a set of standard services, which include parking, transfer, housekeeping, Wi-Fi and other services.
The pricing policy is designed for guests of modest means, from 1,500 rubles/night for 2 people to 34,000 rubles/night.
Entertainment is mostly concentrated near the coast and only a few closer to the Timna valley. A tourist can visit such places, both independently and with a guide, such as a camel farm, riding animals in the desert, go to the Eilat Mountains Reserve, see the ancient mines in the Timna Valley or camp in the Hai Bara National Biblical Reserve.
There are more than 100 catering establishments in Eilat. Cafeterias and restaurants of local cuisine, Asian, European, buffet or tables on the terrace near the sea, all that only the fantasy of a tourist can come up with. Please note that restaurants are closed on Saturdays and only open after 7:00 on a Saturday evening.
The resorts of Israel on the Red Sea are adjacent to the resort of Aqaba, located on the other side of the Akab Bay in Jordan. If you look from the shore of Eilat, you can see a huge Jordanian flag. The Israelis in response also hung a huge flag on their shore.
Cross the border of Jordan can only be on land, paying 205 sections of the border contribution, this is approximately 3,707 rubles, and passing passport control. Everything will go away after a little more than an hour to lie on the beach on the other side of the Israeli coast on the beach. A single move towards the sea in Jordan is located in Aqaba, so it also serves as a resort, and as a port.
Jordan is an Arab state with its religion and customs. All women here fully cover the body, so Russian tourists walk around the city in a beach suit means to attract unnecessary attention to local residents. The weather on the banks of Aqaba is the same summer and downtown, as well as on the other side of the Akab Bay.
The distance of the road route takes only 15 km, and in a straight line 2 times less. Local currency - dinars. 1 dinar = 100 rubles. or 5 shekels. Getting to the center by taxi costs 5 dinar. The cost is better to discuss with the taxi driver in place, showing it a point on the map where there is no knowledge of the Arabic language.
Local taxi drivers can be very cunning and try to make money on a trusting tourist 5 times more than the amount. In essence, Aqaba is an oasis in the desert, a small resort town with infrastructure, located near the shores of the sea, with a length of 27 km.
Due to popularity among tourists, the city began to be equipped on European canons, given the preferences of the Western contingent. Find modern entertainment will not be difficult. Many hotels of different star prices are dispersed around the city, the prices of which begin with 15 dinar per room, amusement parks, restaurants and especially clubs on diving and other water sports.
The city has an ancient history, and the monuments of architecture and the ruins of ancient buildings are scattered throughout the territory. The excursion can be arranged independently, walking around the city, or order a journey with a guide for 45-500 US dollars for 2 hours or for all 10, throwing the entire city with the group.
The most popular place among tourists is the ancient city of Peter, carved into a rock, which has more than 2,000 years. The cost of entering the city is about 50 dinars. Another famous place is the Wadi Rama desert, which often serves as a place of filming of Martian landscapes.
The resort village of Tala Bay is south of Aqaba by 16 km and lives only at the expense of tourism. Thanks to this, the authorities have equipped the resort in the highest class. The infrastructure is present, as in European cities. Coming to the beach, a tourist can get a sunbed, beach shoes, umbrellas and more. Also on the beach are equipped with their own steel umbrellas, which are not blown away by the wind.
The cleanliness of the beaches depends on the surrounding infrastructure. Those places where there are hotels nearby are cleaned every day, on wild beaches no one is engaged in garbage collection. The approach to the sea is smooth, but there are many sharp stones, so it is recommended to enter the water with flip flops so as not to cut your legs.
The temperature of the water allows you to swim around the clock, it never drops below +20 °, but you should not do this, because after sunset many poisonous fish and jellyfish wash up on the shore. Water sports are well developed in Tala Bay. Here you can rent a jet ski, a boat, go diving or just lie on the beach.
Prices are high, about 3 times higher than in Russian resorts. You can pay in dinars and dollars. Housing prices start at 24 dinars (about 2,500 rubles), but this is cheaper than in Aqaba due to the remoteness of Tala Bay from the center. When visiting Jordan for the first time, it is better to use the services of a guide than to walk around the city on your own.
In the coastal area and in the interior of the city, there are many deserted places and Bedouins offering to ride "free" camels.
The guided tour will take place by bus, jeep and on foot in Russian. The guide will show you the best places for photos, tell the history of the ancient city and show you the best places to stay. Excursions on the spot are cheaper than through an agency. In general, in Tala Bay, tourists will be guided to the same places as in Aqaba.
Resorts for families with children
Resorts in Israel on the Red Sea or any other with children offer special comfort. If an adult can put up with some inconvenience, then a child will not be able to close his eyes, for example, to a hotel where smoking is allowed in the rooms and parties are allowed until night.
Access to the water at beaches should be smooth, without sharp stones, as clean as possible, hygiene should be maintained in public toilets, changing cabins, and the menu should include light meals that a child's stomach can digest.
The table shows the most suitable hotels in Israeli resorts that can accommodate children:
|Magic Palace||Red||Kamen St 2, Eilat, Israel||14,700-17,507 RUB/night|
|Leonardo||Mediterranean||Derech Ben Gurion 99, Bat Yam, 5955665, Israel||birds and lemurs;|
|Mercure Suites||Mediterranean||) Shai Agnon St 18, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel|
Resorts in the cities of Israel, no matter what the sea is speech, are hospitable to foreign guests who are ready to leave finances in hotels and restaurants of the Red, Mediterranean and Dead Sea.
Every year, millions of tourists from all over the world find reasons to visit the Holy Land for pilgrimage, health and entertainment purposes, discovering the unique history and nature of a young state on earth with a thousand-year history.
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