Visiting the Holy land? Love cycling? Why not combine the two? Cycling allows you to travel at “the right speed”, fast enough to get anywhere, and slow enough to smell the flowers, meet the locals and get a true feeling for the land. You will never forget the places in Israel that you reached by bike.
From a pleasant urban ride to a cross country tour, from bike paths for the whole family to extreme off road routes, Israel has something for anyone who loves to ride. We have collected a number of recommended routes all around the country, some of them day rides, and some cross country. These routes are to give a general idea of all the options available. All of these options can be modified to fit an individual’s taste.
A few important notes:
1. The recommended routes are divided into three categories:
· Easy- suitable for most families
· Moderate- suitable for recreational riders and riders with some experience
· Difficult- suitable for experienced cyclists
2. All recommended routes are planned to avoid traffic as much as possible. However, please note that the on-road routes do leave the main road for well paved dirt roads. Accordingly, Hybrid bicycles are recommended.
3. Safety: Bicycle helmets are required by law in Israel. Additionally, please be aware that in some areas, particularly the Negev, water is scarce; make sure you always have enough water for the day. Always have a map in hand, avoid cycling at night, and avoid cycling on major roads with heavy automobile traffic.
4. Bike rentals are available in Israel. If you would like to bring your own bicycles, be advised that some airlines will take your bike for no extra charge, one of which is El Al Airlines. Make sure to contact your airline in advance for their specific regulations.
5. Bicycles can be taken on buses for an additional 50% -Hiring the service of a licensed tour guide when cycling in Israel is highly recommended.