So summer has come and gone, the chaggim have passed and although the weather is still pleasant, the cooler nights and shorter days are unmistakable signs that autumn has arrived. Fall in Israel is the best time to hike, take in the beauty of the country while the weather is at its finest. Here are some great suggestions on how to best take advantage of this fabulous time of year.
“Dance In The Rain”
One of the many wonders of the natural beauty and climate of Israel is the fact that for seven months of the year there is practically no rain in our country. Everyone knows that an outdoor summer wedding can be planned with the surety that the joyous occasion will not be washed out by rain. So given that fact, Israelis rejoice at the first rains; so welcome are those precious drops after a long, hot summer that in Hebrew there is a special word for the first rainfall, yoreh. Enjoy the first rainfalls of the season like an Israeli to embrace it; let yourself remember when you were a child and the sheer joy that you experienced; dance in the rain, let yourself feel the first drops of rain hit your face and just enjoy the moment.
We all know by now how much Israeli’s love to hike, but the weather is at its finest in the fall. Now is just the right time to take advantage of Israel’s moderate temperatures and take an adventure. If you’re in the Negev check out Be’eri Forest fall if the perfect time to visit this magical location. I say magical because it truly is just delightful. Imagine yourself surrounded by stunning floral displays in full bloom including Israel’s famous majestical bright red anemones. During your hike, you can entertain yourself with some cool activities including a nature reserve, sulfur mines, and of course some awesome antiquities (I mean it’s Israel).
October is one of the best months for birding in Israel. Israel is well known as being one of the best places in the world to witness and truly experience bird migration. Millions of migrants from hundreds of species pass through Israel twice a year, making it one of the world’s busiest and most impressive flyways.
The first few weeks are very good for taking in soaring birds with impressive flocks of White Pelicans, Common Cranes, Black Storks and Eagles. Migration in October has a distinct “Asian” flavor and migrants from Siberia and western Asia set the tone. This is a perfect time to find unique rarities like Black-winged Pratincole, and Isabelline type Shrikes.
Surprise and here you thought that you would miss out on the changing of the seasons. It is true that there are fewer options for avid fall fans but if you head to the mountains, you can find leaves covering the ground with layers of colorful and crunchy foliage. Take the time to check out Mount Hermon, where you can take in the redwood trees and feel like your back home but even better as you take in the unexpected fall full of ripe pomegranates (which will turn a lovely shade of yellow), olive trees are overflowing with fruit while vivid red grapevines are blossoming in golden freshly harvested fields.
When it comes to outdoor fitness don’t mess with an Israeli, they take their exercise very seriously. While the rest if the world is more into inside stuffy gyms, in Israel, running season is a yearlong activity, so you can stay in shape all year long. The true running season begins in the fall and goes through the spring time. Every month brings a new chance to participate in another marathon ranging all the way from Jerusalem to Eilat. You get a chance to not only get those endorphins going but you also get a chance to explore new cities and sites. For more details on how to register check out this site. https://worldsmarathons.com/destination/country/israel.
I want to leave you with the following; the Hebrew word for autumn is “stav”, you will feel that the weather is a bit unpredictable, some days can be as warm as summer, some will be filled with rain and winds and some will just be the perfect fall day.
Did you know that one of the most famous Hebrew songs was written about the fall in Israel by Shimshon Chalfi, let’s look at some of this famous song. “The leaves have already dropped in the fields and gardens. In the clouds convoys are already riding. And the last star was hidden there…”
I wish you a great week from Israel! I look forward to hearing how you experience fall in Israel. Stay connected with us on our Facebook Page… https://www.talknsave.net/