I searched through warmshowers' forum archive but have not find much about Israel and West Bank. I am considering to make a 3-weeks trip there this September. Thus looking for any hints or information from cyclers who were there and may share some experience - mainly in terms of safety, ability to travel freely, passing border with West Bank, wild camping posibbilities (if allowed and safe) as well as on some great cycle routes that could be recommended there.
Advise or dischourage, please ;-)
Thanks in advance!
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I haven’t cycled in Israel yet, but I have done two long trips there in which I hitchhiked around and I slept in my tent a lot. Israel is a very easy country to stealth camp in. In densely populated parts of the country you might find it difficult to find a completely hidden spot, but even if you just put your tent somewhere in the suburbs for a night, no one will bother you.
It’s an odd country. Crossing borders can be a hassle because the police are very suspicious of everyone, but once you are actually inside the country, you feel like you can do whatever you like.
I've been traveling through Israel on 2014 and Israel and West Bank - in 2017.
You can find maps of my trips here and here.
Generally - I strongly recommend. Especially Negev and Tiberias region (if I remember correctly, around Tiberias there are real cycleways :-)). I regret not venturing more into West Bank, but at the time I was there, weather discouraged us from spending more time there.
I may also share privately contact with cyclist activist there which may provide more information.