The Sea of Galilee is actually a lake. It is often referred to as Lake Gennesaret or Kinneret. The lower part of the lake is the Dead Sea and holds various titles as the largest freshwater reservoir in Israel and the lowest lake in the world.
Here is a list of eight must see places in and around Magdala or Sea of Galilee:
Natural Hot Springs
Tiberias is well known for its springs. There are ancient pools where you can get massages, enjoy heated pools and even a private beach with a separate area for the more religiously observant bather.
Hamat Gadar Hot Springs is situated five miles southeast of the lake and includes a hot waterfall and thermo-mineral springs. The Romans built this large bath complex some 2000 years ago and today you can experience all the modern pampering and therapeutic treatments complimented by old-world charm.
Korazim National Park
Overlooking the Kinneret, the Korazim National Park preserves what remains of the ancient Jewish town of Korazim, known for its refined wheat. A Bedouin sheikh’s tomb and fourth-century basalt synagogue are just some of the sites that archeologists found along with the Aramaic-inscribed “Moses Seat”.
Kibbutz Degania Aleph and Bet (A and B)
In 1935 Degania Aleph’s Gordon House was founded and was one of the very first nature museums in Israel. It contains a diverse collection of films and taxidermy from the local area and settlement.
Degania Bet was founded in 1920 and has a three hour chocolate making workshop. Gailta Choclate Farm serves as a factory and retail outlet and you can also enjoy a coffee here and sample the delicious homemade ice cream.
Water Sports and Recreation
Magdala is situated on the Sea of Galilee and naturally you have to experience life on the water when you visit. You can cruise the lake, go kayaking or even have lunch on a floating restaurant. There are also three water amusement parks for you and kids to enjoy.
Naharayim (“Two rivers”)
Near the Kinneret you will find the Jordan and Yarmuk rivers. A path takes you along the dams and you will enjoy the view of a vintage bridge and inn. Guided tours are also available and the Hill of Plucked Flowers is a must see.
The Jesus Boat Museum
This museum houses the so-called “Jesus boat” – a eight meter long, 2000 foot boat that was discovered in the Kinneret. Other galleries trace the history of civilization and nature in the area and there are artworks that showcase local Arabs and Jews of the Galilee.
The Daliyot Stream (Majraseh) Reserve
The Majraseh is Israel’s largest reserve of natural freshwater landscapes, pools, springs and fishing lagoons. The Daliyot Stream paves the way to where you can paddle downstream to a staircase leading up to a eucalyptus grove or make you way to the end of the marked trail.
Sound-and-light Show on the Lake
In the evenings you can enjoy a fifteen minute state-of-the art multimedia presentation. Four shows are projected onto to large screens and you will see dancing fountains along with classical music.