Sea of Galilee
Resting in the east of the Galilee region, the Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake. Known in Hebrew as Yam Kinneret, this picturesque lake is famed for its religious significance as the area surrounding this vast body of water is where Jesus is said to have conducted most of his ministry. It was here that he is believed to have walked on water, miraculously multiplied the loaves and fishes, and delivered the Sermon on the Mount. As such, the lake has long been a popular pilgrimage site offering a multitude of holy sites of Judaism and Christianity such as Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, the Tomb of Habakuk, and the Tomb of Rabbi Akiva. Its beaches are also a prime recreational spot for Israelis and foreigners alike offering great opportunities for swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, cycling and visiting the popular shoreline water parks. For all its beauty and splendor and for the rich history that it harbors, the Sea of Galilee is a sight not to be missed by anyone embarking on a tour of Israel.