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“play basketball in the moat of the castle as part of old town tour”
Review of Akko Old Town

Akko Old Town
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Caesarea Haifa Rosh Hanikra and Acre Tour from Herzliya or Netanya
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Acre
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Ventura, California
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“play basketball in the moat of the castle as part of old town tour”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Everyone in Akko will tell you that you should walk throught the Templar tunnel, take the tour of the Knights' Dining Hall in the old Acre Castle, and look through the parapets of the fortress' sea walls to see the waves crashing up against the rocks. For something more unusual, check out the old castle moat, and you will see basketball courts with double-function soccer/basketball goals/poles. There are three full courts and one half court, so there is always room to play inside the moat of the Crusader castle of Acre. It is a joy to play or to see children playing peaceful games where King Richard I ("The Lion Hearted") grabbed power in 1104, where the Crusader kingdom fell to the Mamluks in 1291, and where Napoleon's first series of campaigns failed in 1799 when he was unable to take this city from the Ottoman Empire.

Visited June 2013
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“Fathers' day present: a day in Akko with our boys”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We thought of going to Akko with our three sons for some time together. If you forget about tours (some time tours are boring) and have a car, you can actually have a great time exploring the Templars/crusaders old rooms and Tunnels in a town still leaved in by locals. Our sons also did the top of the walls of the old city by themselves, while we(my husband and I) enjoyed browsing the local stalls. Even if there were no Kosher Restaurants in the old city, we found a good grill a little farther, and had shwarmas and great salads/fries (two of our boys are vegetarians had also vegetarian/parve dishes). A small kosher stall/restaurant in the old city might make a killing for all the Israeli and jewish tourists! Otherwise, it was a very fulfilling time.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Its seafood restaurants are the best drawcards”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

There are two ways to approach the town from the west :Burj-Al-Kuraijim(vinyard tower) or the British Fortress. From here the 12th century sea wall,refaced with stones scavenged from Crusader castle @ Atlit, runs south before curving around the harbour befor terminating along Haganah street at the light house. Up some stairs and we are at the landwall promenade from where there is a great view of Haifa. You will see a lot of bridal groups having memories recorded againt the tourquoise waters.. the promenade ends at the 12th landgate ,where the popular eatery Abu Christo is. The slender minaret and large green dome of Al-Jazzar Mosque form a georgous ensamble. Its typical Ottoman Turkish style,the columns looted from Roman Caesaria. It stands on the site of of a former Crusader castle. A nice change of pace,is to visit the festival garden,an oasis apres the alleys and old town walks. The tourist office is located here.There are other attractions....Subteranean Crusader City, The Hammam Al-Pasha,Okashi Art museum,Templers Tunnel and the wall Museum. By the time the sun is above your head, make for lunch at the most famous Fish restaurant, Uri Buri where dining is elevated to culinary art. Be sure to book. Then explore The Knights halls and climb to the top of Akko citadel. Do take a little time to chat with the local traders about things other then bargaining.very interesting perspectives on how Israel has benefited from the crafts and business accumen brought from Iraq,Iran,Turkey,cyprus,Greece,Yemen,sudan egypt and North Africa .There is a lot of Judaica and Christian Tokens to tote back home.. i was disappointed with the general aloofness of a lot of the Moslem traders. There is urban renewal ongoing but parts of the city need tender care. Interestingly, the residential part outside the old city,is architectually similar to parts of Tel Aviv in the 50's to 70's.
The seafood restaurants are the best drawcards.

Visited May 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Amazing Akko!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

The old city of Akko is stunning.
You can walk on the wall so the canons while enjoying an amazing view!
Check out the tiny museum near the wall. They collected a lot old artifacts from silversmiths, farmers, and other old occupations and created a "view" of how the live was 200 years ago.

There many old, narrow alleys are beautiful.
Check out the door at the lion gate.
The market in the old city is a nice place but often very crowded.
Take a look at the old mosque. (you cannot enter, but they allow you to make a picture from the entrance).

Visited November 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Historical sights”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Enjoy a day trip to the old city in Akko, and immerse yourself in the rich histories that the old city has to provide. Go to the visitor centre to get more information on the walking tour which brings you into the archaeological sites under excavation.

Visited June 2013
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