The site boasts spectacular views of three countries (Jordan, Syria, and Palestine), encompassing the Golan Heights, Mt Hermon and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). It was once called “a new Athens” by a poet.
Umm Qais boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theaters. You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with a breathtaking view.
It is also site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine. Home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome, it was renowned in its time as a cultural center.