Bordered by Egypt and Syria, Israel is a small but incredibly diverse and vibrant Middle Eastern country. With a variety of trails and hugely significant historical and religious monuments, Israel is perhaps one of the most culturally complex and interesting countries anyone could visit.
Those interested in Christianity will be enthralled by the Nativity Trail as the path follows the journey made by Mary and Joseph from Galilee to Bethlehem. For those looking for something away from religious activity, the Israel National Trail is an internationally famous leisure trail covering 940 kilometres.
What are the roads like in Israel?
The modern highways are incredibly well maintained, with most other roads in the country kept in good condition, which is mainly due to the increased investment made by the country into infrastructure.
What are the drivers in Israel like?
While the number of annual road accidents is much lower than those found in Europe, Israeli drivers may seem more aggressive than their European counterparts. Hesitation when driving is often greeted with impatience, so ensure that you know your routes and drive with confidence.
What are the best times to drive?
While the Sabbath (Saturdays) tend to see the roads become significantly quieter than the rest of the week, some Israelis have reported the drivers on the road become much more reckless and certainly faster due to the sparse nature of the roads.
What are the driving laws?
During the months of November to March, headlights must be turned on at all times. Meanwhile, seatbelts must be worn by all passengers at all times, and using a mobile phone without a hands-free device is forbidden when driving. Finally, a reflective vest must be kept in the car, but not in the trunk of the car, at all times.
Israel uses a toll system on the highways, though the tolls on Highway 6 do not have toll booths. Instead, cars travelling on this highway have their license plates identified and drivers are billed accordingly.
Police in Israel do not need ‘reasonable cause’ to stop vehicles, and so it is common practice for police to pull over vehicles for license inspection and to ensure the driver is carrying a reflective vest.
While many public parking spaces require a parking ticket, there won’t always be a ticket machine nearby; local kiosks often selling parking tickets, so always check these stores before searching for a ticket machine.