(Fast Facts)

Access : 1/2 hour drive from Ben-Gurion International Airport; 1 hour from Tel Aviv; 21/2 hours from Haifa; 1/2 hour flight from Eilat or Haifa.

Accommodation : over 7,500 hotel rooms, from popular-priced to de lure, and another 2,500 rooms in apartment hotels, hostels and rented rooms.

Weather : temperate in spring and autumn; hot and rain-free in summer; cool in winter, with rain sometimes turning to snow; always cooler at night, due to the 800 meter (2600 ft) elevation.