Sea of Galilee
One of the Most Beautiful Places in Israel

The Sea of Galilee is known by many names. In Hebrew is called Lake Kineret due to its form as a harp. It is also called Lake of Gennesaret and Sea of Tiberias.

It is located in northern Israel in the area called Galil or the Galilee in English. It is near the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley. It is approximately 22 Km or 14 miles long by 14 Km of 8 miles wide.

The total area of the lake is 166 km². It is 212 meters below sea level and considered to be the lowest fresh water lake on Earth. The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world but it is a salt water lake,

The Kineret is located on the Syria African rift, a valley caused by the separation of the Arabian and African plates. The area has experienced volcanic activities and earthquakes during centuries.

View of the Sea of Galilee from the fields surrounding it

View of the Sea of Galilee from the fields surrounding it

Beaches around the Lake

The beaches that surround the lake in its whole circumference are varied in their style. Some have white sand and some rocks; some are wide and some are narrow.

But no matter which one of them, they attract tourists and locals alike year round. You should see the Kinereth on a holiday like Passover. If you drop a pin it will fall on somebody’s head.

Ein Gev Holiday Village on the Sea of Galilee

Ein Gev Holiday Village on the Sea of Galilee

Best Beaches around the Sea of Galilee

  • Hukuk Beach is situated on the western side of the Kineret, three kilometers north of Kibbutz Ginosar.

  • Tamar Beach is located near the community of Migdal.

  • Kinnar Beach is located north-east of the Kineret, next to the Kinnar Hotel.

  • Berniki Beach stretches for over 2.5 kilometers to the west of the Kineret.

  • Lebanon Beach is a tidy beach with grassy areas and is one of the best places to spot the little Lebanon fish.

  • Tzemach Beach is located at the south of the Kineret and has become famous for the musical events.

  • Haon Beach and Campground is located next to the Haon Holiday Village.

  • Ein Gev is a well-kept, clean beach found near Kibbutz Ein Gev fish restaurant.

  • Gofra Beach is located about two kilometers north of Ein Gev, on the eastern shore of the Kineret.

  • Kursi Beach is located on the eastern side of the Kineret. A beautiful, well-kept and relatively small beach.

  • Susita Beach is located north of Ein Gev and covers half a kilometer of the eastern shore of the Kineret.

  • Rotem-Shizaf Beach is on the eastern side of the Kineret, between Kibbutz Haon and Kibbutz Ein Gev Amnon Beach is located near Capernaum at the northern-west end of the Kineret.

Sea of Galilee

Hamat Gader is a famous Spa in the area

Hamat Gader is a famous Spa in the area

From these shores one can take many nature excursions bordering the lake and climbing to the Golan Heights or following the Jordan River upstream all the way to:

  • Banias

    Magnificent fresh water spring where the Jordan River is born,
  • Bethsaida nature reserve

    Located northeast of the Sea of Galilee, it features natural streams and pools flooded by the waters of the Jordan River.
  • Hamat Gader

    It lies on the Eastern shore near Syria and Jordan and it is part of the Roman ruins of one of the ten Decapolis. The main ruins are in Jordan of today in the area of Jerash.
  • Mount Arbel National Park

    It is located on the northwest of the lake and features good hiking and climbing 
  • Nakhal Amud

    This is a stream that flows from Mount Meron directly into the lake. The whole trail of the stream is a nature reserve with beautiful flowers in the spring months. Ideal for hiking. 
  • Kibbutz Degania

    The first Kibbutz founded in 1910 was Degania Aleph is located on the south of the lake there the Jordan River continues its course going south towards the desert and finally the Dead Sea.

Banias Springs where the Jordan River is born

Banias Springs where the Jordan River is born

The Sea of Galilee is the main provider of fresh water to the whole country, therefore during winter everybody in the country prays for rains and the counting of millimeters of rain on a daily basis is common practice. The Kineret is a national symbol.

For more information go to Israel Tourism Website

Image Credits:
kineret from tiberias by jfreeman
beatitudes church by jawcey
tomb of rabbi meir by tiberias municipality
view from beatitudes by guggamij
hamat gader n/a

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

images are courtesy of wikimedia commons

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