Tiberias Fun in and around Lake Kinneret (The Sea of Galilee)

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Beaches, Promenade, Sailing, Dining by the Sea

Lake Kinneret

Lake Kinneret (Photo: Ann Goldberg®)

Lake Kinneret, the harp-shaped lake (kinnor is Hebrew for a harp) is one of Israel’s greatest attractions. It is surrounded by attractive beaches, many of which provide parking space, snack bars, picnic spots and camping facilities. Some even have boats and sports equipment rentals for water skiing, kite boarding, kite surfing, kayaking and tubing. Most of the beaches are private and/or belong to hotels but some are public. Tiberias and the surrounding area also boast three fantastic water parks: Gai Beach Water Park, Tzemach Beach Water Park and Luna Gal on Golan Beach.

Shopping, Beaches and Promenade

Marina-(2)-TiberiasBetween the supermarket and the Leonardo Plaza Hotel is a pedestrian path lined with all kinds of shops selling clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, hand-painted tableware, crafts and more that has steps that go straight down to the Alon Promenade and the Marina. From the Marina to the left is the Music Beach and the Lido Beach. North of the Lido Beach is the Beer Miriam Beach only for women and the Mehadrin Beach only for men.

Sailing on the Kinneret

There are several companies that offer short and long sailing trips on the beautiful Kinneret:

  • · Lido Sailing phone: 972-4-6721538
  • · Galilee Sailing: Phone: 972-50-9397000
  • · Holy Land Sailing phone: 972-4-6723006
  • · Ein Gev Sailing Company: 972-4-665-8009, 972-54-565-8730

Boat Trip across or around the Lake


Capernaum (Photo: Osmar Valdebenito, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Best to join a group cruise to take a trip across the lake from the Marina in Tiberias to Kibbutz Ein Gev. (It is too expensive to take a trip like this on your own). You can also opt to sail all around the Kinneret to Kibbutz Ginossar (Genaseret) and Kfar Nachum (Capernaum). Organized groups can get a combined cruise and a meal at the Ein Gev Fish Restaurant. During the summer restaurant diners get free entrance to the Sea of Galilee Beach with lifeguard supervision. For further information contact: 972-4-665-8009, 972-54-565-8730.

If you are traveling with children you can visit Grandpa Yossi’s Carpentry Shop and there the kids will be able to make their own wooden toys with real tools under Saba Yossi’s careful guidance. There are also do-it-yourself kits ready to buy if you don’t have enough time, and a play area for children too young to make toys. For further information email: zadkony@gmail.com or phone: 972-4-665-8195 or 972-54-565-8821.

You can take a stroll along the beautiful promenade and if you’re there at the right time, there’s also the option of a tour around the Kibbutz itself on the mini train where you’ll hear all about the history of the kibbutz and the whole area which until 1967 was a sitting-duck for Syrian soldiers firing from the Golan Heights just above. For further information about departure times email: yoeliorah@eingev.org.il or phone: 972-54-565-8025.

Dining out along the Kinneret

Tiberias and other places around the Kinneret have some wonderful restaurants some of which specialize in freshly caught grilled fish. Here are a few really good ones.

Ein Gev

There are two kosher lakeside restaurants at Kibbutz Ein Gev, the Ein-Gev Fish Restaurant and Marinado at the Port which is a kosher meat restaurant. For reservations phone 972-4-665-8073.

Decks Restaurant on the Lido Beach

This amazing restaurant is built on two decks that literally stretch out over the beautiful Kinneret. You actually feel like you are on the decks of a ship. They specialize in kosher le’mehadrin meats, poultry and fish grilled over olive, nut and citrus charcoals. For birthdays and other special occasions a Lido cruise ship sails by beaming out Israeli music.

Opening hours are Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 noon until the last customer. Fridays from 12:00 noon until the beginning of the Sabbath and Saturday nights from the end of the Sabbath until 11:30 pm. For further information phone: (04) 671-0800.

Pagoda Restaurant on the Lido Beach

Here you can have a fantastic Kosher Asian experience in a Pagoda that stretches out over the beautiful Kinneret. Japanese sushi and Tai delicacies are cooked in an open kitchen and served in a beautiful atmosphere. Kashrut is from the Tiberias Rabbinate.

Opening hours are Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 noon until the last customer. Fridays from 12:00 noon until the beginning of the Sabbath and Saturday nights from the end of the Sabbath until 11:30 pm. For further information email: decks@barak.net.il or phone: (04) 671-0800.

For more about restaurants around Israel see the Baruch Haba Restaurant site that offers an English website for restaurants with an online booking service, specials and discount coupons; booking on line ensures your table is available and the restaurant is open. .

fishermen on kinneret

Photo by Josephine Levin©-2012

Did You Know?

Lake Kinneret is probably one of the only lakes in the world that is in the news regularly throughout the winter. It supplies water to most of the country and in the rainy season its water level is mentioned frequently on news bulletins. On the Alon Promenade is a unique sculpture that houses the National Water Level Gauge where you can digitally access the water level in the Kinneret. The level is a barometer of the mood of the population who cheer as it rises and worry when it drops.

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Category: Beaches, Food, Galilee, Tiberias, Touring

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