Known as the thrice holy city, where the most important places of the three main monotheistic religions of the world are set. Jerusalem has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years, that brings together Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Dishes you can't miss
Heart, liver, chicken spleen and grilled lamb pieces. It can be eaten with pita bread.
Stew with tomatoes, spices and egg. It is eaten with pita bread.
Fish balls mixed with nuts, bread, and sugar.
Red, from the locatity of Mount Hermon.
Sweet pie filled with sweet cream.
Typical food of Jerusalem, Israel
Influences from different cultures, flavors that date back to memorable times, aromas that impregnate. This and more is what the gastronomy of Jerusalem has to offer.
Cultural and religious diversity, as well as centuries of Israel's history are reflected in its cuisine. It is a mixture of influences, ingredients, and cooking methods. You can try “Meurav Yerushalmi", consisting of chicken heart, spleen, and liver mixed with pieces of lamb, grilled and seasoned with onion, garlic, juniper berries, black pepper, cumin, and turmeric (similar to the saffron spice). Another dish you can try is “Shakshuka”, a stew with tomatoes, spices, and egg. Both can be eaten with pita bread, a round pocket wheat flour bread. In Jerusalem you can also find “Radisha” which are fish balls mixed with nuts, bread, and sugar, decorated with a slice of carrot.
If you like wine, you will have the opportunity to taste red wines from the vineyards of Mount Hermon. Coffee is also very much appreciated and is taken very strong.
For dessert you can try "Ataif", a kind of sweet pie made with flour, sugar and almonds, which can be filled with sweet cream.
If you want to know more about the gastronomy of Jerusalem, the Darna restaurant offers an extensive menu of contemporary dishes with typical regional ingredients.
We recommend using sunscreen, especially in the warm season, since UV rays are very strong.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
The best months to travel to Jerusalem are May and October since they have the most pleasant temperatures of the year.
The weather in Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem has a Mediterranean climate with a dry and warm season, a cool season, and a rainy season. The average annual temperature is 17 °C (62 °F). Very light snowfalls can occur in January and February when the weather is coldest, although every three or four years they can get strong. The coolest months are January and February with a minimum of 6 °C (42 °F) and the warmest are July and August with a maximum of 29 °C (84 °F). Jerusalem has 303 snowy days per year.
What to bring by season
Warm season (April to October): the average temperature in Jerusalem is 22 °C (71 °F). The warmest months are July and August with a maximum of 29 °C (84 °F) and the coolest is April with a minimum of 13 °C (55 °F). Rains are scarce in this period. There is drizzle during some days in April, May, and October, but the other months are completely dry. We recommend packing a swimsuit and natural clothing materials like cotton that include t-shirts, shorts, and pants. Remember to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and a light sweater for going out at night.
Cool season (November to March): this season in Jerusalem has an average temperature of 11 °C (51 °F). Nights are cold with a minimum of 6 °C (42 °F) in January and February, while days are mild with a maximum of 19 °C (66 °F) in November. During these months it rains about 11 days per month, varying the intensity of the rainfall. We recommend wearing long sleeves shirts, pants, boots, and a scarf, as well as a warm coat for the evening.
Jerusalem is reknown worldwide for being the main center of the three major monotheistic religions of today: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The most sacred places of each one can be found in the “Old City of Jerusalem”. This sector is divided into four neighborhoods; the walls were built in the 16th century by the sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent and house the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian neighborhoods.
One of the most sacred places and symbol of Jerusalem is The Western Wall, the last vestige of the ancient Jewish Temple, built in biblical times by King Solomon and wherein the Ark of the Covenant and the Tablets of Stone are guarded. What is now left of the temple is the most sacred place of prayer for the Jews.
A few meters from the Western Wall is the third most important place for Islam, the Dome of the Rock in the Temple Mount. This dome houses the stone from which Mahoma ascended to heaven in the company of the Archangel Gabriel.
Jerusalem is also sacred to the Christian religion since the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is found here. This is where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. You can reach the church by walking the Via Dolorosa, marked by nine Stations of the Cross. The remaining five stations are inside the church.
Another sacred place in Jerusalem for all coexisting religions is the Mount of Olives, home to one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries dating back at least 3,000 years. Gethsemane is also sacred according to the Christians, it being the garden where Jesus prayed before being arrested.
In Jerusalem, you can visit the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood where Jewish ancestral traditions are proudly preserved and visitors must respect religious customs. You can also visit the Holocaust Museum which exhibits the history of the Jewish people in World War II. The Parliament of Israel or Knesset and the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are guarded, are other attractions you will find in Jerusalem.
***The official currency of Israel is the New Shekel (ILS).