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Israel’s national lake is breathtaking, but don’t take our word for it. Head up north to the Galilee region and see it for yourself!

The Kinneret, otherwise known as the Sea of Galilee, is not only Israel’s national lake, it is also one of the country’s national treasures, as its water enables all of the Galilee’s delicacies to grow and small and boutique manufacturers to subsist. With its water level a matter of slight obsession by Israelis of all ages and backgrounds, and its shores being popular hangout and vacation spots for tourists and locals alike, visiting the Kinneret, or at least catching a view of its sparkling waters, should most certainly be on your to-do list.

Here are six scenic Galilee spots you can visit, from where you can see the whimsical waters of the Kinneret, as well as the magical region it is ensconced within. Pro tip: make sure to pack your selfie stick - you’re going to want to snap lots of pics!

1 - Ofir Observation Point

Head to the southern Golan Heights, where you will find this stunning yet quaint observation point that looks out of the Sea of Galilee. From a height of roughly 450 meters, you’ll be able to gaze at the Kineret in its entirety, ensconced in between the Lower Galilee mountains and the Upper Galilee in all its lush, green glory. The ideal visiting time during the springtime and in the morning. Pack a picnic and sit in the olive groves for a bite to eat, as the magic of the Galilee region and its sights surround you.

2 - Mevo Hama Promenade

If you’re looking to become one with nature, want to let off some steam, or log some steps, a 2-kilometer stroll along the Mevo Hama Promenade is another great way to catch a great glimpse of the Kinneret. Stroller accessible, the promenade is a flat and easy walk along the edge of a cliff, 400 meters above the Sea of Galilee. To reach the promenade, head first to Kibbutz Mevo Hama, located in the Golan Heights. The long drive and winding road are well worth it - the view and crisp, Galilean air are absolutely sublime.

3- Domus Galilaeae

The Mount of Beatitudes is an attraction in its own right, as it holds deep, religious meaning for people of the Christian faith. The rolling green mount is also home to Domus Galilaeae, the building located at its summit, inaugurated by Pope John Paul II during his Millennium visit to the Holy Land, and currently used as a meeting place for seminars and conventions, from where you can catch sight of the sparkling Kinneret on one side, and the Golan Heights on the other. So, if you’re looking to soak in religious significance and natural beauty, this is the spot you most certainly should visit.

4 - Mount Arbel

Mount Arbel is considered to be one of the most iconic viewpoints that overlooks the Sea of Galilee. Here, Jews built a fortress and hid out in caves during the battles against the Greeks and Romans - there is even an ancient synagogue you can tour. Ascend the cliff and immediately feel engulfed in the Kinneret’s waters down below - or at least the desire to bathe in them once you’ve completed the challenging hike (note: there isn’t much shade). The sight of the sea will more than make up for the heat and rocks you’ll encounter as you trek.

5 - Peace Vista

Kibbutz Har Haruv, located in the southern Golan Heights, is home to Peace Vista, a stunning lookout over the Sea of Galilee. High up on the basalt cliffs above untamed natural gardens, the lookout enables you to see the Kinneret in its entirety, as well as the Hermon and Tabor mountains. The view is so breathtaking, you may find yourself sitting and gazing at it on end. Luckily, on-site bathrooms are open to the public, so you can take your time taking in the natural wonders without worrying about that tiny detail.

6 - Tiberias Promenade

Tiberias is THE Galilee city for Kinneret sightings, as it is located adjacent to the waters. You can dine at any of the eateries overlooking the sea, laze on a chaise lounge while watching tourists and locals engage in Kinneret water sports from the deck of a seaside hotel, or stroll the rocky shores with binoculars in hand. But the city’s most stunning view of the Sea of Galilee is from its seaside promenade, where you can take in the watery sights, while shopping for trinkets, tasty treats and more. A magical, romantic spot that is sure to be the source of memories to last a lifetime.

So, where will you go to catch a great view of the Kinneret?

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