Holiday in the village: Nof Ginosar Hotel – Israel

In the summer of 1947, Kibbutz Ginosar was one of the first kibbutzim in the Galilee to establish a hospitality area for travelers designed to meet the high demand for travelers for hospitality in a kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee. 17 years later, the Nof Ginosar Hotel was opened in the kibbutz, which was the first kibbutz hotel and was managed by Ruth Alon, the wife of Minister Yigal Alon. Since then, a lot of water has flowed in the Sea of ​​Galilee, but the Nof Ginosar Hotel still offers collective hospitality with a taste of yesteryear. This is the place to experience a real Israeli vacation on the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee, without gimmicks, one that sanctifies simplicity without sacrificing renewal and comfort.

The main attraction is the nature in which the hotel is immersed, and first and foremost the Sea of ​​Galilee which is this year in full isolation (and this can be well understood when you see the trees in the water). Hotel guests enjoy an adjacent beach, even if not large. One that invites you to swim in it, relax on the floating pier in the water or walk along it, especially at sunset. A particularly favorite corner is a wooden deck hanging above the water, where you can stare at the landscape and even meditate.

The shady and pleasant beach of the Ginosar Hotel. You really do not need more than that for an enjoyable vacation Photo: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Nature does not end here – the kibbutz is located between the estuary of Nahal Amud to the north and the estuary of Nahal Zalmon to the south. Near the gas station at the entrance to Kibbutz Ginosar, the Nahal Zalmon promenade begins (the lazy ones can join it right from the hotel grounds, near the lawns leading to the beach). The promenade moves to the banks of the stream, which these days is abundant in water, with a wooden bridge and balconies hanging over the stream allowing observation of the stream and the aquatic creatures that inhabit it, like the water turtles swimming in the water peacefully.

Pool, hammocks and good food

The green spaces of the hotel blend in perfectly with all this nature and invite you to a relaxing or active holiday. In the eucalyptus grove near the beach you will find a playground for children and fitness facilities for adults. In the manicured lawns between the wings of the hotel you will find, next to trees and flowers, also seating areas, swings, hammocks and floats, and in the indoor complex also a ping pong table and billiards table.

As in any self-respecting hotel, here too there is a pleasant pool, partially shaded, with plenty of seating areas and sun beds around, which is especially suitable for the morning hours when the Sea of ​​Galilee is still stormy.

For those who are not satisfied with the Sea of ​​Galilee, there is also a pleasant and inviting pool  Photo: Studio A

For those who are not satisfied with the Sea of ​​Galilee, there is also a pleasant and inviting pool Photo: Studio A

The hotel rooms are just what you need for a vacation, much of which is spent outside the room. They are spacious and cozy, with a small balcony facing the green spaces, a TV that turns out to be superfluous and a large and extremely comfortable bathroom.

When it comes to food, it must be admitted, the hotel is actually very far from kibbutz modesty. The breakfast served in the hotel’s dining room would not embarrass the best hotels in Eilat with buffets full of salads, cheeses, eggs in a variety of preparation ways, jahanun on Shabbat, breads, breakfast pastries, yogurts and delicacies, fruit salad and hot dishes like pastas or potatoes in cream sauce . Friday’s dinner was especially surprising and included a variety of meats in various forms of preparation, from traditional roasts to entrecote strips, a rich and varied salad bar, several types of soups, fish, a large variety of toppings and vegetables, pastas, couscous, meat substitutes and more, and a dessert bar Colorful and inviting. The vegetarians in the group also came out satisfied and satisfied.

A breakfast buffet full of goodies  Photo: Studio A

A breakfast buffet full of goodies Photo: Studio A

With the kids: A tour of the yellow bus

Every Saturday morning, the hotel receives a yellow electric bus from the hotel for a tour of the kibbutz. I have to admit that after taking similar tours in the past I was skeptical, but the Ginosar yellow bus tour did the job. This is a great opportunity to explain to children what kibbutz is and what privatization is, to hear about life in Ginosar and most importantly, to visit plantations and a barn. The tour goes through the shaded banana plantations, during which you learn a lot about this tropical fruit. Did you know that the banana is not a tree at all but a tropical herb, and that from the moment you plant a banana until you see the fruit clusters ready to eat, only a year passes? From there the tour continues to the kibbutz’s barn. Our tour took place a few days after the birth of some sweet calves, and during the tour you could meet them and pet them. About an hour later, when the tour ended, the six-year-old claimed it was too short, and there seemed to be no better measure of it than the success of the tour.

A tour of the yellow bus through Ginosar's banana groves  Photo: Uri Ackerman

A tour of the yellow bus through Ginosar’s banana groves Photo: Uri Ackerman

Cruise in Havima between hidden corners and the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee

When you are in the Sea of ​​Galilee, the urge to be in one of those boats floating in the water arises quite quickly. For an experience that is not only enjoyable but also one that adds value, we recommend the new water attraction on the Sea of ​​Galilee – Havima, which is located near the Yigal Alon house on the kibbutz. This is a self-driving motorboat cruise, which passes between some of the most beautiful spots along the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee, which you can see from a surprising and unconventional angle. What sets Hawima’s cruise apart is that the boats, designed for seven participants, are equipped with an advanced navigation app with a virtual guide, so that along the way you will enjoy not only the cruise experience and beautiful landscapes, but also guidance on the history of the Sea of ​​Galilee and the area.

Hawima.  Self-driving motorboat navigation with a navigation app between the hidden landscape gems and the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee |  Photo: Ein Hashofet Productions

Hawima. Self-driving motorboat navigation with a navigation app between the hidden landscape gems and the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee | Photo: Ein Hashofet Productions

We arrived on your father’s day especially so we did not get to see the Arbel cliff and the surrounding Galilee and Golan Heights, but we did enjoy a great view of the various points on the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee. The cruise is offered on a short half-hour route that passes between three points, and a long cruise of about an hour that passes by six points. We did the long cruise and the first and most pastoral point we reached was the estuary of Nahal Amud, an area of ​​Ashalim and reeds that are home to many species of birds. It was interesting to see the large nests of the birds hiding among the trees. The rest of the cruise led us to some of the most beautiful and hidden beaches on the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee, including the vegetated North Bank, the Palm Beach, which as its name suggests, has impressive palm trees, and the magical beach, another natural gem.

Experiential Cruise in Havima |  Photo: Ein Hashofet Productions

Experiential Cruise in Havima | Photo: Ein Hashofet Productions

Next you reach the disappearing river and then the highlight of the cruise, the hidden waterfall, near the Capernaum National Park. This is a waterfall of drilling water that falls into the Sea of ​​Galilee from a height of four meters and is surrounded by a tangle of vegetation. The area tends to be crowded with boats of hikers who want to see the mirror, so you should try to go on a cruise at a relatively early hour to enjoy the sight in peace and quiet. Throughout the cruise you can enjoy not only the surrounding landscape but also fish that bounce in front of the boat and waterfowl for the most part, and the experience is relaxing, fun and enriching.

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More around

Due to the fact that the Ginosar Hotel and the adjacent kibbutz offer enough nature, interest and attractions, it is possible to spend an entire weekend there without getting into a car at all. However, the area is full of hiking trails and attractions that you can enjoy on the way there and back. Among other things, the Arbel Reserve is right next door and offers a view of the landscape from the top of the Arbel Cliff, a descent to the Arbel Fortress and the caves of refuge in a system of stairs, pegs and metal cables and a visit to the remains of the ancient synagogue. Hamat Tiberias National Park is also a short drive away and offers the remains of a synagogue decorated with spectacular mosaics, a Turkish bath and hot springs where you can take a dip. A short drive north will lead you to the Capernaum National Park, where the remains of a synagogue from the fourth century AD, the Capernaum Church which is one of the most important in the Christian world and a beautiful promenade by the Sea of ​​Galilee. And a little further north is the nature reserve from Jersa, which is a delta of the Gulf where several Golan streams meet on their way to the Sea of ​​Galilee. This is a paradise for nature and water lovers.

Ginosar View Hotel
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