The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is actually a large freshwater lake, and as the center of Jesus' ministry, is on the itinerary of every Christian Holy Land tour. Sites of religious significance around the Sea of Galilee include the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, Tabgha, Magdala, Capernaum and Kursi. Don’t leave the Sea of Galilee without a visit to the Jesus Boat Museum, to see how fishermen such as the Apostles would have traveled on the sea.

Usually peacefully calm, the Sea of Galilee is also excellent for swimming and boating. Take a short cruise on a large tourist boat, or rent a small motorboat. The most popular sailing route is from Tiberias to Ein Gev.

Ein Gev houses a gourmet fish restaurant, with outdoor seating right on the shore. Choose from a variety of fish, including the local favorite, "St. Peter's Fish," which was popular with ancient fishermen, and enjoy the beautiful grounds and natural breeze floating off the water.

Private beaches for swimming are scattered around the sea, with many offering overnight camping as well. The Gai Beach Hotel in Tiberias is home to a water park, featuring seven water slides of varying heights and a special children's section. It's right on the lake's shore and offers access to its private beach as well.

Tiberias is a bustling city with a pedestrian mall and a Middle Eastern market, where you can buy everything from meat and spices to clothing and kitchenware. Stroll down the boardwalk for a romantic view of the sea, or stop along it for ice cream or a meal.

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