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Lake Kinneret or Sea of Galilee

To most visitors, "The Sea of Galilee" is how we know and refer to this area. To Israelis however, the Sea of Galilee is better known as "Lake Kinneret", with the main town of Tiberias straddling its western shore.

I love this area - and you'll find that most Israelis have a special place in their hearts for this area as well. To the Israeli, the Kinneret represents a peaceful escape from the rigors of city life...a wonderful place to go with the family and spend a weekend or even just a day, enjoying a picnic along the shores of the lake.

Indeed, to the average visitor, this area represents The Galilee, otherwise known as the area where Jesus Christ spent the 3 most important years of His ministry - and where He assembled His apostles and made them "fishers of men" over 2000 years ago.

You cannot go to Israel without spending a minimum of 2 days in this area - you won't be disappointed. From a religious perspective, there are plenty of holy sites to see and the added bonus is that most of them are sitting right out in the open and don't cost you a dime. The rolling hills leading down the the lake are verdant and host a number of kibbutzes where some of the first Israelis began dedicating themselves to the cultivation of this region's fertile lands.

It's also a perfect stepping stone to explore the upper region known as the Golan and the Golan Heights.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gentle breezes, smell of fresh flowers, negotiable roads - even those less traveled....
  • Cons:Look out for religious pilgrims in big tour buses!
  • In a nutshell:Where the World's Most Famous Rabbi Preached...
  • Last visit to Lake Tiberias: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Kristymamoo's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Just thought I'd stop by and say hello! What a beautiful and fascinating place this is!! :-)

  • ray_d's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2007 at 2:55 AM

    A pretty place reminds me of my Malta. Mediterrianian Breezes replaces yours from the lake. Most enjoyable.

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Very well-written, informative tips. I hadn't heard about the Whitney Houston episode before. With regard to the baptism site, there is the same dispute over the head of John the Baptist (the man who baptized Jesus). I've seen two of his heads already.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 8:35 AM

    For us, Israelis, Kinneret is the 'national bathroom', so small and shrinking in dry seasons, sometimes dry winters.

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2005 at 10:24 AM

    Yes, Lake Tiberias region is a very special place. Very good page and beautiful pics.

  • orke's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2005 at 8:45 AM

    great page - sounds like a great idea to bring some water back to the states with u and use them .... :-)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2004 at 11:11 PM

    The area around the lake looks beautiful! Great pictures and tips!

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2004 at 8:01 AM

    Fascinating tips & beautiful photos. Just love your first off the beaten path tip. What an amazing thing to do.

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2004 at 11:11 AM

    This is one of the most fantastic places in Israel and you've seen quite much ! I dont like Tibrias it self but all the areas around it is absolutelly fantastic. Love your photos, not sure who's the better photograher here .....looks like its YOU !


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