The Kinneret (Hebrew:(כִּנֶּרֶת is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, and it is approximately 53 km big. The Kinneret is situated in northern Israel, near the Golan Heights, in the Jordan Great Rift Valley. The valley caused by the separation of the African and Arabian Plates.
The beaches surrounding the Kineret are a perfect starting point for wonderful nature tours of the area. Some of the most popular and beautiful nature sites are the Jordan Park, the Beit Tsida Nature Reserve, Khamat Gader, Naharayim.
The Kineret played an important role in the early years of Christianity and has now become a pilgrimage site for many Christians. According to Christian tradition, Jesus lived, preached and performed miracles in the Kineret and the surrounding region.
It was here that he walked on the water and the miracle of the loaves and the fishes happened in nearby Kfar Nakhum (Capernaum).
There are many Christians holy sites around the Kineret, including the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Loaves and the Fishes, Kfar Nakhum, Kursi and the wooden boat discovered in the lake and now on display at Kibbutz Ginosar.
If you are planning to travel to Israel anytime soon, don’t forget to visit the Kinneret.