This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Karei Deshe.
Karei Deshe is a small settlement on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. It is approximately 15 minutes north of the city of Tiberias and ten minutes from Korazim. The best way to get to Karei Deshe is by bus. There is a bus from Tel Aviv that stops at Karei Deshe; it takes about two hours by car, about three by bus. You may also prefer to have your own transport to explore the region but you will have to arrange that in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv as there are no car hire places near Karei Deshe.
Most of the small neighbourhood at Karei Deshe is a restaurant and hostel complex but there's also good walking trails and great beaches. The hostel at Karei Deshe does not have a kitchen, so expect to have to pay for all of your meals except breakfast. In general, most hostel complexes in Israel do offer a full Israeli breakfast. Hostel staff here are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. They’ll be able to give you great ideas about hikes near by or arrange tours and activities for you. One note: you may find when searching for hostels in Israel that they are listed under the region rather than the town name, or vice versa. For example, you can find hostels in Karei Deshe by searching for either Karei Deshe or Galilee.
Nearby attractions include the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus performed his most famous address, the Sermon on the Mount. There is a lovely little Roman Catholic chapel with mosaics (mid-1900s) and ruins of a 4th century Byzantine church and monastery. The tomb of Maimonides, who was a famous 12th century Jewish scholar, is in nearby Tiberias, and several early Christian churches are scattered around the area. The Jesus Trail connects these attractions with other Biblical places; you can hike the pilgrimage route or drive it. Most people come to the shores of Galilee to enjoy the beaches, but anyone who's a little more active minded can find plenty to do.
Written by local enthusiast for Karei Deshe hostelsJakob Lombardi