Without a doubt, the best time to visit Masada is at sunrise – at any time of the year!
Yes, no question about it, the sunrise view from the top of Masada is quite stunning, even though it means a pre-sunrise trek from the foot of the mountain. We’d highly recommend a stay at the relatively cheap and decent Masada Hostel, located near the foot of the mountain, for the ultimate convenience.
If you’re interested in knowing the best time of the year to visit Masada, we’d say any time of the year is OK, but just remember that Masada is located in one of the hottest spots in the world, not just Israel, so the hot summer months are best avoided. You could do the sunrise trek during the summer months, but make it quick, because you don’t want to be out in that sun after 10:00.
Hence we’d have to say that the best time of the year to pay a visit to Masada is probably during the Spring (March, April and May) or Autumn (October and November), as temperatures are a little more tolerable, around the high 20’s.
One thing to remember: if you hate crowds and don’t want to be limited by numerous public holidays, avoid the Dead Sea area in March/April (when Israel celebrates Passover, or Pessach) or September/October, when the High Holiday season kicks in (the Jewish New Year, Sukkot, and Yom Kippur). These months might have the best weather, but they are choc-a-block full of tourists, both locals and from abroad.
The best time to AVOID visiting Masada? Well, as we mentioned, those hot summer months are best avoided, mainly July and August. In the Dead Sea area it gets extremely hot. Although the sun is less harmful at the Dead Sea area, thanks to it being the lowest point in the world, it is still very strong. Something you should certainly take into consideration.