Tempting Tiberias

Published on Thursday, 07 March 2013 by Webmaster

Tempting Tiberias
If the Roman Emperor Tiberius were alive today, you’d probably find him enjoying the high-tech laser and water show from the boardwalk of the Israeli lakeside city established in his honor close to 2,000 years ago.

Tiberias Hotel Association CEO Joanne Smadar tells ISRAEL21c that the Tiberium show is at the top of every Tiberias tourist's list. "It speaks to everyone and it's free of charge, running every day of the year except Yom Kippur," she says.

The multimedia extravaganza on the southern end of the Yigal Alon Harbor promenade is offered at 7, 8 and 9 every night, and all you have to do is show up. Four consecutive 15-minute shows are projected onto huge water screens on the breakwater of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) together with flame and laser effects, dancing water jets, music, artistic lighting and inflatable elements.

Popular though it is, Tiberium is just one of many attractions that keep the Galilee city's hotels at least 70 percent occupied all year.

"We have something for every faith and every kind of person who's coming," says Smadar, and Tiberias is easy for English-speakers to navigate.

Aside from its many religious pilgrimage sites for Jews and Christians, Tiberias is a prime location for water recreation and sports.

Kite-surfing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking are everyday activities at the harbor, and each night the waterfront is lit up by small cruise ships that treat tourists to dinner and dancing.

Tiberias is of great interest to Christians. Thousands of pilgrims don white robes every year to be baptized at Yardenit just south of the city. This is the site traditionally recognized as the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

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