Tiberias is situated on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (the Lake Kinneret in Hebrew). The city attracts many Israeli and foreign tourists every year. These include pilgrims who come to visit the Christian sites in the area and Jews who come to visit the Tombs of the Sages (Keverot HaTzadikim) who are buried here.
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Tiberias is the only place in the area which offers such a variety of hotel accommodation. As well as deluxe and boutique hotels, there are B&Bs, youth hostels and camping sites to suit your style and budget. This makes it a great base for sightseeing in the Galilee.
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The Scots Hotel deserves a special mention as it has an unusual history as well as being an excellent hotel and is worth a visit, even if you don't stay there - it's not for everyone's budget.
On and Around the Kinneret
At the Marina you can hire a boat, take a speed boat ride or water-ski if you're into water-sports. There are several beaches to choose from where you can sunbathe and swim in the lake.
During the summer season there's a small entrance fee. Gai Beach - pronounced Guy Beach - is one kilometer (about half a mile) to the south, and has a water park. There you can enjoy the giant water slides with varying degrees of scariness for all the family, a wave pool and a regular swimming pool.
The International Tiberias Marathon started in 1977, and has become a popular annual event attracting runners from all over the world. The course starts in the town and goes half way around the Kinneret as far as Ein Gev on the eastern side of the lake and then back to Tiberias.
TIP! The Kinneret Sailing Co. at Ein Gev now only books groups of 30 and more. So, if you're not part of a group, and you want to take a boat trip on the Kinneret, the best place to go is Lido Cruise Boats in the marina. Another place you can try (for Christian-oriented trips) is Sea of Galilee Worship Boats.
Hamat Tiberias National Park
Hamat is an archaeological site three kilometers (around two miles) south of the city center. There are 17 natural hot springs which is one of the reasons for the popularity of this area over the centuries.
There is also a turkish bath (Hammam) and a 4th century synagogue where you can see the remains of an intricate mosaic floor depicting traditional Jewish symbols and the signs of the zodiac.
Tiberias Hot Springs (Hamai Tiveria)
Bathe in the hot springs at this spa and sports complex, next to the Hamat Park!
The water in the natural thermal pools contains almost 100 minerals and its unique healing qualities have been famous for thousands of years. The spa offers a variety of massages and beauty therapies and there's also a regular swimming pool. The center is open all year round. In the summer it is great to sunbathe on the private beach - you can just spend the whole day there! On the other side of the road there is an extension with separate bathing for the religious community. Phone: 04-6728580/1
Artists in Tiberias
Much to the joy and surprise of many who visit Tiberias, this lovely city is graced with several world-famous Artists working in a variety of mediums and at every range of budget.
From custom-crafted jewelry of semi-precious stones and metals; to fine high-quality prints and originals, mixed-media works and wall hangings of traditional Jewish blessings or Kabbalah pieces there is truly something for everyone - and an awesome variety for gifts!
In addition, the Herod Center of Art and Culture recently had its Grand Opening and offers a special conference center for exhibits and lectures.
More information coming soon!
There are many kosher grilled meat, fish and dairy restaurants from one end of the boardwalk to the other ...
On the northern end of the boardwalk you will find Decks an excellent Western-style steak restaurant. Guests will enjoy a great view across the water as you enjoy your meal on a wooden deck. Click here for virtual tour and more info.
If you prefer Asian food, in the same location is Pagoda - you can't miss it because it's built in the style of - yes you guessed it ... a pagoda! You can either sit inside in the air-conditioning or outside on a balcony overlooking the lake.
At the southern end of the boardwalk you will find Rosa, a great dairy restaurant offering a wonderful variety of delicacies and salads.
If you don't mind walking the historic streets of the city a few blocks, you will find an amazing restaurant offering award winning Middle Eastern cuisine ~ Avi's Restaurant.
All of the restaurants are kosher so are not open Friday nights or Saturdays.
Other cool places to visit in Upper Galilee:
Hula Nature Reserve - A must-see for nature lovers.
Sfat (Sefad) - Mystical city and home of the Kabbalah.
Rosh Pina - A great place for a day trip!
Amirim - Country lodgings and restaurants for vegetarians.