A short account of the Sea of Galilee, given by your Israel & Jerusalem private tour guide
The Sea of Galilee is the only freshwater lake in Israel. From its name, you would think that it’s a huge lake, but this isn’t the case. It was probably given the name of a sea because the people of ancient times looked at a 21 km (13 miles) long lake as being a sea. Its other biblical name is Kinneret – the only name in use by Israelis. The lake is extremely important for Israel, as half of its water is used in the central and southern parts of the country for drinking and irrigation.
Other reasons for being important
Being located in the Syrian-African Rift, the Kinneret attracted human beings who were wandering from Africa north along the rift, dating back one-million years ago. Since that time, it was almost always densely populated. The most important time period for our tour around the lake is the end of the time of the Second Temple, i.e. the 1st century CE. Tiberius, Magdala and Capernaum were the main Jewish cities back then, along with other Jewish villages. There were also some non-Jewish cities on the opposite shores. The story of Jesus is a highlight, but it is certainly not the only one.
What can we see there?
First, the amazing view of the lake taken from various high spots such as the Golan Heights and Mt. Arbel. Also, a visit to the Christian Heritage sites such as Capernaum, Tabgha’s churches, Magdala, Korazim, Bethsaida and Kursi. Last but not least, we can enjoy what Tiberias offers – culinary pleasures and a relaxing stay in the famous warm mineral spa.