This Greek Church is located near Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), which is the lakeside town where (according to christianity) Jesus was preaching and his disciples, Peter & Andrew used to live. Its also believed that this is where Jesus has told his followers "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."
The story says that Jesus spent here 3 years and has made many miracles, but he was rejected by the town's people.
Whether you know anything about the Yom Kippur War - and even if you don't - this place should be included on your agenda of sites to see while in the area. The summit of Mount Bental offers a spectacular panoramic view of Syria, Lebanon and Northeastern Israel. From this strategic point, one can look over the famous Quinetra Valley, aka "Valley of Tears" - named so for hosting one of the Yom Kippur's bloodiest battles.
You can find those in both in the Western and eastern side (in En Gev) of the lake.
It can be nice mostly if you're with Kids.
I dont remember how long is the cruiz i think something like 40min' aprx. it can be nice if doing that in the right hours of the day.... and this are the real morning hours when its not yet too hot and visibility is still good and at the sunset hours ..... unless if its windy and then its not so fun cause the lake become wavey and high and it doesnt feel relaxing and nice at all.
I dont remember how much we paid but ok its not so expensive, a few Euro's i think.
Lake Kinneret is very popular among Israelis and also by the tourists.
However although its "only" a lake and although its looks nice and fun to swim in it can be a very dangerouse one at some areas and at some hours of the day.
At the late afternoon hours on its eastern side when there are winds the lake become more rough and it cause whirlpools.
The most important rull in this lake it to swim Only in the formal beaches where there are signs of where to swim and where not + where there is first aid stations.
If you have a few days to be at the north area i definitely suggest you to AVOIDE the Lake area on Saturday which is the Jewish weekend and the most crowded day around the lake. In Any other day you'll have a much better time.
Except for the special Mineral pools in Hamat Gader There is also a Crocodile farm which (at least used to) have aprx 200 crocodiles.
Most of the crocodiles where brought from Florida, Some from Africa and some from South America.
Its not the main attraction though as obvioulsy people come to Hamat Gader to enjoy the special Mineral pools and Spa treats.
Driving around the lake in its western side towards north you'll get to the mount of beatitudes, According to the tradition this area was identified as the hillside where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
While in the Golan, you may even come face to face with practicing troops. Though these young men are casually smiling, I have to quote Tom Friedman again for his poignancy:
"...from the moment a baby is delivered and the nurse says "ben" (Hebrew for "boy"), every Israeli mother starts to worry. She starts to count the days until her son will join the army. It's a mental calendar...10 years to go...1 year to go...And then once he's in the army she counts the months and watches the map. Will he be assigned to Lebanon? Nablus? Hebron? Or, G-d willing, a desk job? Every mother secretly wishes for a desk job, every son openly aspires to join an elite unit - ideally the air force. It is no wonder that Israel is the only country where people's moods soar and dive on the basis of what they hear hour by hour on the radio news. The beep-beep-beep that comes at the top of each hour announcing the news reminds me of one of those heart monitors, only it's hooked up to the country's heart, giving an hourly status report on its vital signs. And it all goes back to that moment of birth, and the clock that starts ticking when the nurse announces "ben" or "bat, boy or girl."
Outside the bunker is a sign-post showing the distance to Damascus, Baghdad, Beirut, and other strategic points. Perched alongside the bunker are metal effiges of Israeli soldiers on guard....a haunting depiction of what it must have been like to be perched atop this mountain, fighting off aggressive enemies.
On a lighter note, the "Cloud Cafe" is a nice little coffee shop next to the parking lot area. It's definitely worth going into the shop even if you're not in the mood for a snack or coffee, because along the walls you'll find terrific photos and short histories of the geography and people of this important and very strategic area.
On the summit of the mountain is a restored bunker which by all counts is fascinating. You don't have to be a military buff to appreciate how difficult and challenging it must have been for the IDF to be perched atop this site, crouching inside the man-made bunker which not only included sleep barracks, but also a kitchen, meeting room and lookout point.
Don't be surprised if you hear/see the Israeli military practicing air maneuvers overhead while you're in the Golan. Sometimes they are a couple of helicopters flying back and forth, and sometimes they are fighter jets whizzing overhead. It's not distracting and in fact can be very interesting - a serious reminder that this tiny country must constantly be on its guard against hostile neighbors.
Israelis are born nature lovers, and this is a favorite spot. The hiking around the area is relatively easy and accessible, with good parking and even a pamphlet you can pick up at the entrance.
The trails follow the route of the Zavitan River and are visibly marked. One of the primary reasons to hike this area is to see the little known "Hexagon Pools" (“Brechat HaMeshushim” in Hebrew). These pools feature hexagonal formations caused by cooling of molten rock in the area, long ago.
It was December when we went there so the water was a bit too cold for my taste - but we did see a family splashing around and enjoying the day.
A perfect spot for a picnic or just to relax in the refreshing waters of the cool Jordan River.
Located down the main road from town of Had Nes, northern point above Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
This is sort of a like a little "Masada" of the Galilee area. We walked the "Ancient Trail" which is about a half a mile, and not all that difficult. There's a special observation point overlooking Gamla Hill (see photo) and then the path goes beyond it toward the ancient town of Gamla. Gamla is famous because the residents supposedly revolted under the Romans, and jumped off the hill (like Masada).
You'll find a lot of Judas trees and almond trees along the path and the slopes of the hills here. There are also a lot of animals such as foxes and boars, porcupines and gazelles - although we didn't spot any when we were there. It makes for a nice day trip from Tiberias or anywhere in the Lake Kinneret/Galilee area.
The Church of the First Feeding of the Multitude at Tabgha.
This is the traditional site of the miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes - where Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. The stone upon which the Master placed the bread became an altar. The many pilgrims to this site broke off pieces of it as a cure for their ailments.
I was here whilst attending a folk festival on the Kibbutz and did not have time to see too much of the museum. It is on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and out side the building are many very interesting sculptures.
In the Museum is The Ancient Galilee Boat, which was discovered in 1986 by two brothers from Kibbutz Ginosar. Based on several criteria the Galilee Boat is firmly dated to the first centuries BCE-CE.
There is also a hall displaying photographs from the Palmach.