Akko Old Town

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Akko Old Town
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Brooklyn, NY178 contributions
Nov 2019
A wonderfully preserved Crusader town on the Mediterranean Coast. Most of those medieval walls are still around, encircling the city and the very rough looking sea. We had a great time wandering around the market, old alleys, meeting stray cats and climbing on the sea wall with a pomegranate juice for the sunset. It is a majority Arab town and the Arab culture is very visible, and a far cry from the rest of Israel.
Written October 16, 2020
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Itzik L
Tel Aviv, Israel3,792 contributions
Jun 2020
The walls of Acre are very beautiful.
Recommend coming in day and night, the look is very different and beautiful
During this period there are a lot of renovations along the walls, where the finishes can already be seen the power and beauty of the place.
It is highly recommended to arrive at sunset
Written June 15, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Dec 2019
One of the oldest and well-preserved cities in the world, Akko (Hebrew), Akka (Arabic) or Acre ( English) provides insights into various cultures dating back allegedly to 3050 BC. Park within the Old City's imposing walls, then wander the narrow cobblestone alleyways or stroll the main street within the well-maintained, ancient seaport. The current, lively Arab influence offers delicious Mideastern cuisine and bustling, outdoor markets. We toured the Templar Tunnel, carved through the fortress walls, by the Knights Templar, which safely connected the seaport to the palace. The Templar Knights, who transported and protected early Christians in their pilgrimage to The Holy Land, also served to protect the Christian Church in the Middle Ages. No wonder Old Akko has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day absorbing the history and cultural blend and diversity of this former Roman, Ottoman and Crusader stronghold. Don't miss the many architectural features such as the Hospitaller Fortress, Mosque, Lighthouse and Turkish Bath House. This Old City is truly magical and an ancient jewel of great historical relevance.
Written October 30, 2020
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Rose R
Cerritos46 contributions
Dec 2019
We were so glad to have visited AKKO. Our guide from REJ Tours was exceptional. We visited the underground tunnels and walked the streets of the old city back to our starting point. The dining hall of the nights templars, Hospitalizers was a fascinating room. Our guide told the story with passion and his historical knowledge drew us into a past with many layers of the ages and conquests of this place. The tiny gift shop dis not offer very much that you cannot find anywhere else. I recommend that you try the arabic food before entering and get into the culture of what you will be experiencing. Your key is your guide and what he or she will put into making it your adventure; not the typical tourist filled site. We were alone in the tunnels. Thank you Eitan, owner of REJ Tours for your excellence. We were also able to see other sites on this day while our ship was docked at Haifa Port. Highly recommend a half day at AKKO, the other half at SEPPHORIS, private tour.
Written January 6, 2020
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priti q
Dubai, United Arab Emirates151 contributions
Feb 2020
The old city is a delight. Wonderful nooks and crannies ; doors opening to reveal gardens and homes nestling within the Acre historic City walls over hundreds of years - Ottoman; Crusader Mameluke and Napoleon too. Churches abut synagogues and mosques. The port is bustling ; the Mediterranean blue and you can feel the presence of those who lived loved and fought in ancient Acre There is a fascinating Caravan Sarai which is locked up and derelict Oh but you have to walk ,Climb up and down cobbled paths and tiny lanes. So if you find that difficult it’s not an excursion for you.
Written February 26, 2020
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Janet K
Houston, TX1,644 contributions
Nov 2021
So this is most certainly a town that you want to include on your trips, we parked just across the street from the visitors center. The town has signs on the corners everywhere giving you easy directions and it feels safe there. We arrived around 9:00am and finished touring in time for a lovely lunch of great seafood by the water. Plan 5 hours to include lunch.
Written December 5, 2021
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Singapore120 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I enjoyed this place very much and highly recommend visiting. The history goes back a long way. It was well presented and the audio tour was informative and entertaining.

The let down was signage, we had a little trouble finding the place as there was no directional signage from the carpark and people we asked couldn't help us. Found our way to the tourist info office and it turns out the entrance is facing the tour bus car park.

Unfortunate too that the lady at the ticket booth was most unfriendly and unhelpful. She was busy doing her online shopping from her phone and was annoyed with us for asking questions.

Although the audio recording was good, the place numbering was confusing to follow so we did go around in circles a little. Definitely needs improvement here.
Written January 28, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
There are quite a bit of stuff to see in this old city including the fortress and the market, etc. There are also quite a lot of restaurants here. Can easily spend more than half a day here. Recommended.
Written November 4, 2020
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Jerusalem, Israel123 contributions
Jul 2011 • Friends
I went to the Old Akko with two good friends. We took a private cab in the morning to make our trip more convenient, and public transport home. Akko is accessible by bus and train, so you'll have no trouble getting there.

We looked at the Old Acre Development site the night before and decided that the combined ticket including the Turkish Bath House was our best bet. We rented the recorded tour apparati, but in retrospect taking a guided tour would have probably been better. For one, it would have paced us. We took almost 4 hours to finish the main Citadel and the Turkish Bath House.

You can wander around the Old City for free, the fee is for entrance to certain sites that charge.
The site is extremely well kept, still being further developed, too. One morning was not enough time to see everything, so I will be going back.

The main citadel/fortress is fascinating with its layers of history from Phoenician times to modern with two major orders of Crusaders, the Mamluks, the Ottomans, and the British in between. Be sure to take a camera and have your batteries charged and an extra set.

Bring water, as there are no concessions inside the citadel. We started out tour by 09:30, and by 12:00 there were bus loads of tourists arriving. Very happy we were already out of the citadel before the bus loads.

We took a break with some snacks we brought along after viewing the Turkish Bath House. Just around a couple of corners and back towards the main entrance to the visitors center is a small street with concessions, a cash machine, and a Post Office. We sat in the shade of a palm tree directly across from the Al Jazzar Mosque and had our snack. Then we returned the recorded apparati so we wouldn't have to make our way back from the sea front.

We started following signs to the Templar Tunnels. Just ask directions if you feel like you're not in the right direction. You have to go all the way through the market area and some residential areas.

The Templar Tunnels are not for those who are claustrophobic or who cannot bend over to walk low for an amount of time. They are really interesting, though.

On the other end, you find yourself at the sea wall. We spent a small amount of time there and then were tired enough that it was time to go seek lunch in town.

Next time I want to go out on one of the boat tours and walk the sea walls some more.

To really explore all of Old Akko, you will need more than one morning, perhaps even more than one day.

We ate at Ushpizin restaurant in town, then walked to the train station via the city market. One friend went to the trains, two caught a bus across from the train station. It was a lovely day outing!
Written July 29, 2011
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Woburn Sands, UK38 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We came by train from Tel Aviv (about 90 minutes each way). It was an easy day trip. Worth the effort - I'd recommend getting a cab from the train station though - walking took a while in the baking sun (+ 20 minutes).
Written July 29, 2017
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