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Lake Kinneret

The Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is Israel’s largest fresh water reservoir. It is thirteen miles long and seven miles wide, and it is Israel’s most important source of drinking water.

Its name goes back to the Talmudic era and derives from kinor (harp), as the Talmud says (Megilah 6a), “ . . . as sweet and mellow as the notes of the harp.”

The beaches surrounding the lake vary in keeping with the local geography, creating different landscapes in every location. The eastern and western shores lie just below the Galilee Mountains.

To the north is the Beit Tsida valley, a wide area with plentiful water, and to the south is the Jordan estuary, flowing south toward the desert regions.