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“Base for exploring northern Galillee”
Review of Tiberias

Tiberias
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Private Tour: Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem
Ranked #7 of 32 things to do in Tiberias
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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“Base for exploring northern Galillee”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

The town, and ancient Roman base on the western side of the Sea of Galilee, is an interesting base for exploring Galilee and the Golan. Other than the waterfront the town is nothing special, while the modern town snakes up the hill so will probably be little more than a view from the traveller's window. However the views over to the Golan are excellent, and there are many interesting archaeological and religious sites nearby. The recent excavations at Magdala are fascinating. Wooden vessels take pilgrims and tourists out onto the lake. The town shuts down for the Sabbath,

Visited March 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“A good centre”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

This is a good place to be based for the region. The promenade is lively and interesting in the early evening and we enjoyed our strolls there.The old city walls and fortress were fascinating. Some parts are shabby and the roads get very clogged up at times. There was a shopping area we didn't explore but we enjoyed our stay in Tiberius. The main problem we had was with the road signs which tended to disappear when you needed them most.

Visited February 2013
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Jerusalem
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“It could be so beautiful, but...”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Tiberias is a town on the lake of Tiberiades, Kineret in Hebrew. The whole area, not only the town or shores of the lake, is home to an incredible amount of archaeological and historical sites of the highest interest for cultural reasons, as well as for religious Jews and Christians. Moreover, both the lake and the mountains close to it have great natural beauty, being perfect for hiking, biking, swimming and other water sports almost 365 days per year. Furthermore, there are several spas around natural warm springs of sulfurous water that have been in use since Antiquity to soothe joint and muscle pain. Therefore, the amount of activities adequate for people of very different background, age, culture, beliefs and interests is endless. Although it can be very warm in summer, the possibility to jump into the lake at any moment makes Tiberias a year round destination.

Tiberias has quite a good amount of accommodations, from cheap but clean and comfortable youth hostels, to exclusive five star hotels. I have been many times in Tiberias since my first visit to Israel 35 years ago; in the last years I have been in different sorts of accommodation. For backpackers, I would suggest the Tiberias Youth Hostel in the center of the town: very simple, but clean, shared or private rooms, good feeling among guests - I have been there in my late 50' and felt at home -, cheerful staff, acceptable breakfast, perfect location near the lake and not far from the bus station. For middle class tourists, I would suggest kibbutz Nof Ginosar, 5 Km. north of Tiberias: three star accommodation if you choose the bungalows of the "Pundak" , four star accommodation if you prefer the hotel itself: beautiful location in a great garden on the lake, private beach, a swimming pool, excellent food, a museum with the remains of a 2000 year old ship found in the lake during a drought period; I personally prefer the bungalows, less fancy but opening directly onto the garden. For upper scale visitors, I think the best choice is the Scots Hotel, an incredibly beautiful historical building - it used to be a hospital - close to the lake, with all the amenities of a plus five star hotel and a wonderful chef; if you can afford this hotel, try to get a room with lake views in one of the ancients buildings , they have such a special charm. Apart from these three, there are many good hotels, guesthouses, rented rooms, etc in Tiberias, but I advise you to avoid large hotels as they are impersonal, noisy and factory-like.

There are many restaurants in Tiberias; the ones I prefer are Decks and Pagoda, kosher, on the lake, Habait - The House - the same food of Pagoda but non kosher because it opens on shabat, and any of the fish restaurants on the lake promenade. Don't leave Tiberias without first eating a Saint Peter fish!

If Tiberias has so many attractive aspects, why then "it could be so beautiful, but..."? Because it is not well taken care of, it is quite dirty, there is garbage in many places and, above all, because there is a lot of "built garbage", a large amount of awful buildings mainly along the shores of the lake, that should have never been allowed in the first place, and should be cleared off little by little. But don't be deterred from visiting Tiberias by these comments, just complain to the Tourist Information Center if you agree with me, in order to help make a really beautiful Tiberias.

Visited April 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Big potential, but very disappointing town especially at Friday”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

We visited Tiberias for one night and we were highly disappointed.
The town has a lot of dirty old buildings.
Most of the town is dark at Friday, the promenade is very short - for the city with such a large beautiful lake like the Sea of Galilee, is expected to have very long promenade - its just a waste.

Tiberias is the city with big potential, i personally traveled a lot of towns like this in other countries, and it is a lot should be done to make this town really be breath-taking....

Visited February 2013
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Massachusetts
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“Lots of little shops”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Great place to shop and look around there are so many market places lining the alleys and streets. Quite a nice location as well on the Sea of Galilee.

Visited February 2013
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