The sea of Galilee which is also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret, is a freshwater lake that’s located in Israel. It is the lowest freshwater lake in the planet, and also the second lowest lake in the world after the dead sea which is a salt water lake. The sea of Galilee is at levels between 215 and 209 metres. The lake partly has underground springs but its main source is the Jordan River, which flows through the Sea of Galilee from north to south, and exits the sea at Degania Dam.
The Sea of Galilee is situated in the north eastern part of Israel, between Golan Heights and Galilee region, which is in the Jordan Rift Valley (the valley which is caused by the separation of the African and the Arabian plates). Consequently, the area is subject to earthquakes, and it has had volcanic activities in the past. This is very evident from the basalt and other igneous rocks that define the geology of Galilee.
The sea of Galilee is approximately 53km in circumference, about 21km long and 13km wide. Its maximum depth is approximately 43 metres.
In the new testament, much of the ministry of Jesus Christ happened in the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In those days, there was the development of settlements and villages around the lake, and also plenty of trade and ferrying by boat around the sea. The Synoptic Gospels of Mark (1:14–20), Matthew (4:18-22), and Luke (5:1-11), describes how Jesus recruited four of his apostles from the shores of the lake, the fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew and John and James.
Many of the miracles that Jesus performed also happened here, including when he walked on water, calming of a storm, Him feeding thousands with 2 fishes and also his disciples miraculous catching it so many fishes.
In the Gospel of John, the sea was the place were Jesus appeared for the second time to his disciples (John 21).
Tourism around the sea of Galilee is an important economic extension. Historical and religious sites in this region, draws the attention of both local and foreign tourists. The Sea of Galilee is an attraction for Christian pilgrims that visit Israel to see the places that Jesus performed miracles like walking on water and so many other things.
According to Wikipedia; in the month of April 2011, Israel unveiled a 40 mile ((64km) hiking trail in Galilee, for Christian pilgrims. They called it Jesus trail, which has a footpath, network of roads and bicycle paths that links to different sites that are notable to the lives of Jesus and his disciples. The trail of Capernaum which is in the shores of the sea of Galilee, where Jesus did many teachings.
Another key attraction in the site, is where the Sea Of Galilee flows into River Jordan which thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, go to get baptised every year.