Travel Guide: Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is in reality a lake also known as the Kinneret Lake. Other names of this lake/sea include lake or sea of Tiberias, Lake of Gennesaret and Sea of Minya. It is Israel’s largest freshwater lake and their primary source of drinking water. At a height of 209m below sea level, it is one of the lowest freshwater lakes in the world.
The Sea of Galilee is a very important place for Christian pilgrims. This site has been witness to a number of miracles performed by Jesus Christ including the miracle of changing water into wine. This was also the site for the Sermon on the Mount and where he walked on water. The banks of the Sea of Galilee are thus home to a number of Christian pilgrimage points.
Apart from his religious significance, the Sea of Galilee is also a popular holiday resort area. The beaches around this water body are sandy in some areas and rocky in others. To get a view of the lake from all sides walk, bike or take a bus ride on the 60 km long Shvil Sovev Kinneret . The Galilee Mountains and Golan heights rise above the eastern and western shores while the Beit Tsida valley lies to the morth. The Jordan estuary that feeds the Sea of Galilee is an important tourist spot that lies to the south of the lake.
The area is also rich in history from ancient and medieval times. The synagogue in Arbel and the Druze shrine of al-Nabi Shu’ayb in the area are perfect examples of Middle Eastern architecture. Horns of Hattin is a spot made famous by the battle between Saladin and the crusaders. A number of other archeological sites lie between the eastern and western coasts of the lake.
There are two well known natural hot springs in the area around the Sea of Galilee; the Tiberias Hot Springs and the Hamat Gader Hot Springs. Make time in your itinerary to enjoy a relaxing massage and mud treatment. The Island of Peace and Yarmuk waterfalls are other tourist spots that must be visited. You could also take a guided tour to the Hill of Plucked Flowers.
The Sea of Galilee is also known for its water sports. Spend the day, kayaking, canoeing or kite surfing and get a taste of Israeli nightlife aboard the floating restaurant and nightclub yacht. Fishing is another activity in the Sea of Galilee that draws tourists towards it. Our Tour operators in Israel will make your vacation worthwhile to remember forever!