The Sea of Galilee, also known as the Kineret is Israel’s biggest lake and is the country’s largest freshwater reservoir. It also happens to be the world’s lowest freshwater lake. As Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the water level of the Kineret is monitored and reported on throughout all seasons. The sea is mentioned by various names in the Old and New Testament like the Sea of Ginosar and Sea of Tiberias.
The beaches along the shore of the Kineret are very popular and during many of the Jewish and national holidays,hundreds of tents can be seen pitched along the beaches. The Sea is also a huge center for recreational water sports, from fishing to kayaking and windsurfing.
Top Attractions in the Sea of Galilee Area
Korazim National Park– Korazim is known in the Bible as one of the cities that were condemned by Jesus for not accepting his work. The National Parkis the site of an excavated ruin that is spread over 25 acres. There is a synagogue as well as an impressive ritual bath. Hours: winter: 8:00-16:00, summer: 8:00-17:00
Yardenit -According to the Gospels the Jordan River was the ultimate baptismal site for Jesus and his followers and this tradition has been practiced by Christians ever since. Many pilgrims have come to Israel especially to be baptised in the Jordan River through the ages and for many modern day visitors being immersed in its water is the highlight of their visit to the Holy Land.
Hamat Gader Hot Springs-The 150 dunam park features famous mineral hot springs and many fun attractions for all of the family to enjoy.
The Yigal Alon Center– The museum located at Kibbutz Ginosaur is named after the famous political and military leader, who was also a member of the kibbutz. The museum hosts changing exhibits of art by Arab and Jewish artists. Also located here permanently is the 2000 year old Galilee boat and an exhibit on the history of the Galilee from ancient history to present.
Mount of Beatitudes– Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes is the location where Jesus is believed to have given the Sermon of the Mount, although the actual location is uncertain. Currently located on the Mount is a Roman Catholic Franciscan chapel that was built in 1938 by an Italian architect.
- Rosh Pina