A veritable treasure trove for tourists of all faiths, Tiberias may not have the big name-recognition of places like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or the Dead Sea, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t chock full of myriad locales that offer an unforgettable visit.
Named after a Roman emperor, the town of Tiberias has a rich history of Jewish life and scholarship. It hosts the gravesite of famed Jewish thinker Maimonides, as well as several archaeological sites and ancient synagogues. Perched on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, the area is a popular travel destination for Christian pilgrims who visit the places where Jesus performed miracles according to the New Testament, such as his walking on water, feeding the multitude and calming the storm. It is also a popular vacation destination for local Israelis, with spas and hot springs, sunset cruises on the Kinneret, and many resorts in the area.
Here are our top 5, not-to-be-missed destinations to visit in and around the inspiring city of Tiberias: