(Fast Facts)

Access: a 20-minute drive from Ben Gurion International Airport; 1 hour from Jerusalem; 11/4 hours from Haifa; 21/2 hours from Tiberias; 1/2 hour flight from Eilat, the Dead Sea or the Galilee.
Accommodations: over 600 popular-priced to luxe hotel rooms, apartment hotels and hostels.
Weather: temperate in spring and autumn; hot, rain-free days in summer; cooler, with moderate rainfall interspersed with fine, sunny days in winter.