About the Jerusalem Opera Festival

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June 2016 will mark the second year in a row that Israel’s capital of Jerusalem will be hosting one of the country’s biggest opera festival. This massive event will take place at the Sultan’s Pool venue, an outdoor auditorium situated at the doorstep of the Old City that holds 6,000 people.

The 2016 edition will take place June 22-25, 2016 and feature 2 performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto alongside local performances at venues throughout Jerusalem. Expect warm summer temperatures (~28 C/81 F) and plenty of sun during the daytime. Evenings and nights are typically cooler and comfortable (~16 C/61 F), with clear skies that will allow for a tremendous view of the night sky and Old City walls above the venue.

In addition to its marvelous outdoor setting, the Sultan’s Pool is also conveniently located within walking distance of a wide variety hotels. If you’re looking for luxury,the 5-star Inbal and King David hotels and the 4-star King Solomon hotel are all within a ten-minute walk. For a more intimate experience, try the Dan Boutique or Mount Zion Hotel, both 5-10 minutes by foot from the venue. 

Jerusalem is full of quality hotels to choose from, and there is no need to limit yourself based on distance. While there is limited parking at the venue, the Opera Festival and iTravelJerusalem will endeavor to make transportation to the event as convenient as possible by offering a reasonably-priced and reliable hotel pick-up service. Jerusalem also has an effective public transportation network and plenty of private taxis working around the clock.

As long as you are visiting Jerusalem for the opera festival, you should undoubtedly explore some of the many sites, attractions and unique dining establishments the city has to offer, such as the iconic Old City and its many religious and historical sites, the world-renowned Israel Museum or Machneyuda, one of the best restaurants in the country.

For more information ahead of your holiday to Jerusalem and while you are here, visit the city’s official tourism website, iTravelJerusalem.com.