What's the weather like in Jerusalem in April
April brings warmer temperatures to the Israeli capital city of Jerusalem. The average daily temperature warms to 16°C (61°F). The moderate Mediterranean climate sees an average daily high of approximately 21°C (70°F) during April. The lows typically drop down to 10°C (50°F). Recent records show a record high of 35°C (95°F), and a record low of -1°C (30°F). Due to spring's unpredictable temperatures, guests should be prepared for all sorts of weather. Generally comfortable temperatures though are combined with lower tourism during this time, making it a good time for travelers on a budget or looking to avoid crowds.
As the very dry summer approaches for Jerusalem, April sees very little rainfall. A total of four days of rain are typical this month, and the cumulative rain totals at just 20 mm (less than one inch).
As the chance of rain decreases and the cloud coverage lessens a bit, visitors to Jerusalem in April will receive more sunlight hours to explore the city. The days in April typically have 11 hours of sunshine, a big jump from the shorter days of winter, just a couple of hours shy of summer hours.
Similar to March, April winds blow at about 13 km/hour (8 miles/hour) in Jerusalem. The cool wind is combined with moderate humidity at 50 percent. Because spring temperatures can vary, visitors will need to plan to bring a variety of clothing options.
The Mediterranean Sea begins to warm for spring and reaches a daily average water temperature of 18°C (65°F) as measured at Tel Aviv in April. The Dead Sea continues to warm more quickly, with a daily mean water temperature of 25°C (78°F) in April.
Hotels in Jerusalem in April
The Herbert Samuel Hotel
A combination of old and new, the Herbert Samuel in Jerusalem is located in the central Zion Square and boasts the amenities of the Orchid chain of hotels. There are 137 rooms for visitors to choose from, including luxury suites and rooms with city views. The rooms are decorated with local Jerusalem stone and welcome everyone from business travelers to families. Guests will enjoy a spa complex, a gym, indoor swimming pool and saunas. There is a rooftop dining restaurant with panoramic views, as well as several restaurants nearby for travelers to choose from in the Nahalat Hashiva promenade.
Hotel Golden Walls
Located between Damascus Gate and the Garden Tomb, Hotel Golden Walls is walking distance to many historical and religious sites in central and old Jerusalem, making it a popular destination for visitors. The 120 available rooms range from singles to triples. A bar and restaurant are available on site, and guests can enjoy the views from the rooftop garden as well. The hotel hosts events throughout the year as well for its guests, including rooftop barbecue nights or candlelight dinners in the restaurant.
The American Colony
Boasting a celebrity guest list including Winston Churchill, Bob Dylan and Uma Thurman, The American Colony Hotel is a highly rated destination just north of the Old City. The 94 rooms and suites are split amongst four buildings, each of which has its own uniquely designed garden. The opulent hotel offers something for every season, from a cozy cellar bar and fireplace to a pool and summer grill. Options include single rooms, balcony rooms and large suites.
Olive Tree Hotel
Just north of downtown and the Old City is the Olive Tree Hotel, not far from the Mount of Olives. Located in the popular American Colony neighborhood, the hotel is said to be built around an ancient olive tree. The entire building seamlessly blends historical significance with modern amenities. Beautiful stonework and furnishings are accompanied by free WiFi, free international phone calls, and deluxe Dead Sea bath products.
Bars and Restaurants
Aptly named, Rooftop is a restaurant that sits on the top of Mamilla Hotel on King Solomon Street. A beautiful view and music accompany the food at this Israeli restaurant. Visitors come to Rooftop for the extensive wine list and custom cocktails, as well as the artisan meals and desserts. The upscale, elegant restaurant is also kosher-friendly and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Rooftop is a popular option for visitors hoping to celebrate a special occasion or simply unwind with a drink, and it is particularly enjoyable on a nice spring day.
Walls of windows and high-contrast black and white flooring make Touro stand out from the moment you enter. Located at the foot of an ancient grain mill, the restaurant features beautiful views of the Old City walls. Pairing its ancient setting with a modern and classy interior, Touro welcomes visitors with an elegant menu. Appetizers include dishes like the charred eggplant and the beet ravioli, while main courses feature items such as confit goose leg or salmon fillet. Guests can watch many of the dishes being prepared behind the bar.
For a more casual setting and a great drink, tourists head to Beer Bazaar. Located in the popular Mahane Yehuda Market, Beer Bazaar offers more than 100 varieties of beers, mostly local and handcrafted brews. Pub foods include international favorites like hot dogs and fries, along with popular local dishes like the hummus. Beer tastings and sample flights are available as well.
Jacob's Pizza is a casual dining option inside of the Old City near Jaffa Gate. Affordable pizzas are available with a large selection of toppings. The stone-and-brick historic building opened as a pizza destination in 2009. Today it also serves up a small selection of beers, wines, and soft-serve ice cream.
Things to do in Jerusalem in April
One of the most well-known Jewish holidays, Passover typically occurs during April (though the date can change as it follows the Hebrew calendar). Celebrating the freedom of Jews from slavery in Egypt, the holiday commences with a festive meal, the story of the Jews' freedom, and eating matzah (an unleavened bread). Tourists may take part in one of the communal meals occuring around the city. A priestly blessing at the Western Wall is a popular event during Passover as well.
Touring the capital city's open-air markets, or "souks," is a cultural experience in and of itself. There are several popular markets offering a variety of good; including the Arab market in the Old City, the Bezalel Arts Fair, and the large Machane Yehuda Market. Several smaller souks can be found throughout the city as well.
Mount of Olives
A major religious site, The Mount of Olives stands just east of Jerusalem, between the city and the Judean Desert. Located on the mount is the famous Garden of Gethsemane. Key events throughout the life of Jesus are believed to have occured here, including the teaching of the Lord's Prayer, the time spent praying in the garden before being betrayed by Judas, and his ascension into heaven, which is said to have occurred at the summit of the mount. The name Gethsemane means "oil press" in Hebrew, and in the garden are eight ancient, gnarled olive trees. The oil derived from the trees is used for sanctuary lamps and the pits become rosary beads.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Families with children or tourists looking for something a little more lighthearted will enjoy a visit to The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (also known as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens). Though the zoo originally focused only on animals mentioned in the Bible, it eventually expanded its focus to now include endangered animals from around the world. The zoo provides animals with a close-to-nature habitat, using open areas separated by trenches and moats rather than bars and cages. Special activities for children include a petting zoo, animal feedings, story times and creative workshops. The visitor center is shaped like Noah's Ark.