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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 20 things to do in Acre
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London
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“Ancestor connection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visited shortly after marrying Mr Farhi, whose ancestor, Haim Farhi is commemorated in the town, having Farhi Square named after him.

General Farhi assisted Napoleon in conquering the town but later met a gruesome fate at the hands of the Turkish emperor, who had his eyes gouged out as 'punishment' for some imagined insult.

Acre is one of the more interesting historical sites in Israel for modern, rather than Biblical history. Visiting the Crusader fort is the highlight, although going through the secret tunnels was a no-no for me as I'm claustrophobic.

Beautiful views across the sea and a friendly mix of different ethnic communities makes this a safer place to relax than other parts of the country where it can be tense.

Visited October 2012
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“Hold Your Nose, Don't Touch Anything”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is a wonderfully historical Old Town; but it badly needs to be cleaned up! Trash cans and modern personal sanitation habits would go a long way toward making this city an enjoyable stop while touring the area.

Visited August 2013
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Yavne, Israel
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“History comes alive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Had a magnificent tour of the old town, with a really great tour guide that made the difference. I warmly recommend Abdu Matta ( www.abdu-matta.com ). He is extremely knowledgeable, and puts on a show, which is thought provoking, funny, and a great learning experience. He walked us between the halls and tunnels, the Roman empire, crusaders, Muslims and Jews, helping us to see how great Akko was and how great it can be. We were 12 couples, all enjoyed it very much!

Visited July 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Many Charms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

So surprising, a treasure so near to us.

Basic geography: A rectangle with two adjoining ports at the south, a sea wall to the west, crusader halls to the north.

Don't miss the crusader 's tunnel, the port, walking on the sea walls at the Hagana st. - all on the southern part of the old city, the Last Balan audio video show at the Old Hammam and the tunnel at the Hospitalian Crusaders Halls at the north part of the old city. And the market connecting the two parts.

Eat at Uri-Buri , El Babor (or Al Babour, ALBabor etc), CafeNeto all of them on Hagana St. on the sea front the west, or Humous at Sohil near the crusader's halls or maulouta at Saaid in the marker. Reserve sits at the first two.

Stay at the Efendi Hotel - If you can afford it :)

Visited July 2013
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“play basketball in the moat of the castle as part of old town tour”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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