Planning a trip to Israel? we have made a list of interesting facts about our amazing country, check this out!
Israel is one of the most expensive countries in the world and a night in a decent hotel will cost more than between 150-300 dollars.
To avoid splurging, pay attention to guesthouses, hostels, and apartments. Many of them are cozy and comfortable and are located close to the old city centers or the sea, which is convenient for travelers.
The main thing is that before you pay for a room, make sure that you are fundamentally satisfied with everything. So for 80-100 dollars a day, you can rent a decent place, sometimes even with a small kitchen. Do not expect much from it and find fault with the shortcomings, because in the hotel you will only sleep and take a shower, and behind its walls – a new magical world, as you go further from the center the prices will be lower!you can rent an apartment in 20 km from Tel Aviv and still enjoy everything and also saving money.
There is always a need to eat in Israel, everywhere, and a lot. The Israelis have a cult of food, an amazing taste for products and combinations, and a talent for cooking.
Try everything. If you can afford it go to a restaurant, dinner there will cost 200-400 shekels for two with a bottle of wine. Cafes in the average price segment – 100-150 NIS. for two, street food in a diner – up to 30NIS., and collect a package of Burekas (puff pastry with different fillings) in a bakery and eat them with your hands, washing down with hot coffee with cardamom – about 10 NIS.
For those who want to save money (Jews rarely say "save", instead – "save" or even "earn"), go to the bazaars.
Colorful and fragrant stalls are rich in a variety of good quality products. Even those who don't know how to cook will want to make something delicious out of them. And in supermarkets, you will find jars with hummus, thin, lane and other things, pates, sauces, pita in a bag, and delicious bread. This will make a good Israeli Breakfast at the hotel.
The latest trend is the local markets, try the local restaurants in the market and bled it all in one place.
In Israel, you can absolutely not hesitate to say "it's expensive". And don't make excuses for your thrift. Sometimes the sellers themselves in the store can say "Oh, it's expensive!" and recommend a different product.
It is better to come to Israel with dollars but to change them for shekels, of course, not at the airport or in a hotel, but in city exchange offices.
Bank cards, unlike many tourist countries, are accepted almost everywhere, even in small eateries and shops, so you can safely store part of the amount on the card.
In Israel, I felt completely safe, even at night, even near "dubious" drunk people. All because there are young men in uniform with machine guns who can shoot to kill in case of any incomprehensible situation.
However, there are rules that are better followed. You can not leave bags on the street, it is forbidden and there may be a fine for this. There may be a bomb in the bag without the owner, so the police are immediately called, which will cordon off the area, and the bomb squad will check for security.
You can't joke about security during checks at train stations, supermarkets (Yes, they also screen visitors at the entrance), or at the airport. Wits face problems, at least interrogation. It is better not to get into closed Muslim neighborhoods. Their borders are patrolled by the Israeli army, but in the heart of such neighborhoods, non-Muslims can get into trouble.
In Israel, most of them speak English, and many of them speak Russian. But learning a few expressions in Hebrew is also useful. First, it is pleasant to Jews. Second, in rare cases, you can pass for a local. I've only learned a few expressions. "Kama ze OLE?" is "how much does it cost?" When I did not understand the numbers in response, I silently held out the card with a businesslike look and added "Toda!" — "thank you!" at the end.
The Israelis do not like to cheat and usually directly say what they need. This may seem rude to an unaccustomed tourist, but it is just a feature of the mentality, if you think about it – it is pleasant because you do not need to look for the true meaning in a web of subtle phrases.
In Israel, people often laugh loudly and talk loudly emotionally, at first it is a little frightening, it seems that people are swearing. But this is normal, you will get used to it.
In Israel, there are two cults – food and children. Children are little gods here. They can do everything and more, they are taken care of by the whole country. "There are no other people's children" - this is about Israel. Therefore, if you are traveling with children, be prepared for the fact that you can give advice and be touched by your child. If you eat without the kids, be prepared for the noisy and uncontrollable creatures.
Public transport is very well developed in Israel. It is convenient and inexpensive to travel around the country by buses and trains. They are clean, comfortable, have air conditioning and wi-fi, go often and regularly. Cashiers at bus and railway stations speak English and Russian, and people at stops will always tell you which bus to take to get to the desired point. But a taxi here is very expensive, a trip around the city will cost from 10 to 50 dollars, and to the neighboring city (despite the fact that the distance is small) – all 100 and 200 dollars. Domestic flights are cheaper.
Private transportation in Israel is the most affordable and flexible method to travel we recommend this option to explore the country.
In summer, the temperature in the South rises to +40, hot and stuffy. Drink as much water as possible to avoid fainting. In winter, it falls to + 5, sometimes there is wet snow. The swimming season in Eilat begins in mid-April (in March, people swim, but still the sea is still cold, not comfortable, there are jellyfish and there are not so many colorful fish in the coral reefs that make diving and snorkeling fascinating, so there is no sense to go before mid-April). And on the shores of the Mediterranean sea-in may.
The best months to travel are May, June, April, October, November.
for family activities with kids, we recommend June and July.
The only day off in Israel begins on Friday after sunset and continues until sunset on Saturday. On Shabbat, Jews are not allowed to do anything, cook or tie their shoelaces. You need to rest and enjoy the world and pray.
This is a very serious attitude in Israel. On Shabbat, there is no public transport, government offices and many public places do not work. In Jerusalem, this is felt most strongly, in secular Tel Aviv or relaxing Eilat-easier, there Shabbat is a time for parties and entertainment.
However, when planning a trip, take into account the Holy Sabbath and at least do not plan to travel between cities, visit museums and markets on this day. In Jerusalem, you can safely spend it in the old city in the Muslim, Christian, or Armenian quarter (the Jewish one will be closed), intel Aviv or Eilat-on the beach.