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General Information About Tiberias


Tiberias is a city in northern Israel, which is located on the western shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee. This city has around 44,800 inhabitants and is considered one of the four holy cities of Judaism and a very important center of Jewish and Christian history.

The foundation of this city dates from the year 20 after Christ, it was carried out by Herod Antipas and bears the name of the Roman emperor Tiberius. In turn, Tiberias has a long history of settlement, thus the Roman, Byzantine, and Moorish periods are recorded.

Today, Tiberias is a great tourist destination, very popular thanks to its hot springs and historical sites.


Sites of Interest of Tiberias


Due to its particular geography, since this city is 200 meters below sea level and is close to the Sea of ​​Galilee, Israel's main source of fresh water, and its history, marked by political and religious war conflicts, Tiberias is a fascinating site to discover.

Below, we mention some of the most interesting places to visit on your trip to Tiberias.


The Sea of ​​Galilee


The Sea of ​​Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret, is considered a holy site in Christianity as it is believed to be the place where Jesus performed various miracles, such as walking on water and feeding the five thousand.

The lake is surrounded by picturesque mountains, fertile farmland and historic villages, making it a very popular site.

Activities around the lake include boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as visiting nearby archeological sites and pilgrimage sites associated with Jesus' ministry.


The Thermal Waters of Tiberias


The Hot Springs in Tiberias, Israel, are a series of natural hot springs located in the center of the city. These are known for their therapeutic and curative properties, as well as their warm and relaxing waters.

The hot springs have been used for centuries as a spa and relaxation destination, and are believed to have therapeutic benefits for various ailments such as skin diseases, rheumatism, and stress.

Those who decide to visit the hot springs can enjoy the warm waters, steam baths and massages, as well as the historical and cultural tour that explains very well the importance of the site.

In turn, the hot springs are surrounded by a natural park and panoramic views of the Sea of ​​Galilee.


The Tomb of Maimonides


The Tomb of Maimonides, is a cemetery located in Tiberias, Israel. Maimonides, also known as Rambam, was a medieval Spanish-Jewish philosopher, physician, and Torah scholar who lived in the 12th century.

This scholar is considered one of the greatest Jewish philosophers of all time, and his writings and teachings continue to influence Jewish thought and practice.

His tomb in Tiberias is considered a holy site for Jews and is visited by pilgrims from all over the world. It is located in a beautiful park near the sea and is surrounded by greenery, providing a peaceful and calm environment for visitors.


The Synagogue of Rabbi Meir


The Synagogue of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes is an ancient synagogue located in Tiberias, Israel, which is believed to have been built in the 4th century AD.

The synagogue is named after Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNes, a famous Talmudic sage who lived in the 2nd century AD and was known for his wisdom and teachings.

This construction is considered a historical and cultural site of great importance, since it allows a glimpse of the early Jewish community in Tiberias and the development of Jewish worship and tradition.

The synagogue has been partially restored and is open to visitors, who can admire its historic stone walls, arches, and intricate mosaic floor.


Hamat National Park


Hamat Tiberias National Park is a historical and natural park located in Tiberias, which has the remains of a bathhouse from Roman times, a mosaic floor and a synagogue from the 1st century AD, making it an important archaeological site.

The bathhouse was used by the ancient Roman army and civilians and is believed to have been one of the largest and most important in the region. The bathhouse's mosaic floor is one of the best preserved in Israel and is an impressive example of ancient Roman art.

As for the synagogue, it is believed to be one of the earliest synagogues in the country and is an important example of early Jewish worship and tradition.

The park also features a natural hot spring and a lush green area, providing visitors with a unique combination of history, archeology, and nature.


What to Eat If You Travel to Tiberias


Tiberias is known for its diverse cuisine, influenced by the city's history and its location at the crossroads of different cultures and traditions.

 A typical dish that we recommend you try is Dolma, which consists of stuffed vine leaves, or Hummus, a very delicious pasta made from chickpeas.

So we also invite you to try Falafel, chickpea meatballs, or Shawarma, a delight that you can order both meat and vegetarian.

Other typical dishes are grilled meats, including Kebabs and Shashlik, and dishes made with fish from the Sea of ​​Galilee, such as Tilapia and San Pedro fish.

Also, we recommend the Tabbouleh Salad and you should definitely try Baba Ganoush, a roasted eggplant paste that is usually served with pita bread, a traditional Middle Eastern bread.

These foods reflect the rich cultural heritage of Tiberias that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.


Festivals in Tiberias


Tiberias is a vibrant and culturally rich city that hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. These are some of the most popular festivals in Tiberias:

  1. Tiberias Marathon: A popular annual marathon held in the city, attracting runners from all over the world.
  2. Tiberias International Film Festival: A film festival that shows the best of international and Israeli Cinema.
  3. Sea of ​​Galilee International Piano Festival: A classical music festival featuring international and Israeli pianists.
  4. Hanukkah Festival: A celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, with music, food and lights in the center of the city.
  5. Lag Ba'omer: A holiday celebrating the life and teachings of the 2nd century AD wise Rabbi Akiva, with bonfires, music and food in the city.
  6. Tiberias Hot Springs Music Festival: A music festival with live performances by local and international musicians, held in the park around the hot springs.
  7. Tiberias Culture Festival: A celebration of the city's cultural heritage, with music, dance, food and more.

These festivals give visitors the chance to experience local culture and learn about the history of Tiberias while enjoying the city's unique atmosphere and hospitality.


Cultural Aspects of Tiberias


Tiberias is a city with a rich and diverse cultural heritage, shaped by its history and location at the crossroads of different cultures and traditions.

Regarding its cults, it is possible to say that there is a great religious diversity, since Tiberias is home to a mixture of Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Druze communities, each with their own religious practices and traditions.

Regarding its historical influences, Tiberias has been inhabited by many different cultures and civilizations throughout its history, including the Romans, Byzantines,

Ottomans and more, and each has left its own mark on the city's culture and architecture.

It is for all of the above, that at present Tiberias is a modern city with a relaxed atmosphere and a relaxed atmosphere, but it is also a center of religious study and pilgrimage, so its streets and markets are usually full of scholars, students and pilgrims.

Language-wise, Tiberias is a bilingual city, with many residents speaking both Hebrew and Arabic. English is also widely spoken and understood, making it easy for visitors to communicate and navigate the city.

All these cultural aspects contribute to the unique and vibrant atmosphere of Tiberias, so visitors are encouraged to explore and appreciate the richness of the city, with its great cultural heritage full of diversity.


What to See and Do in Tiberias


Tiberias is an incredible destination for its historical-cultural richness, which can be seen in the very idiosyncrasies of its inhabitants as well as in the architectural jewels and fascinating places of interest in the place.

In turn, due to its proximity to places like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, many tourists combine these destinations with their trip to Tiberias.

Do you want to know the famous Sea of ​​Galilee? Would you like to tour the most amazing historical sites? Do you want to enjoy archaeological jewels in the middle of nature?

In that case, book your trip to Tiberias right now. You can build your trip through Tiberias with Greca according to your preferences and needs. Make your dreams come true today and travel to Tiberias!


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