written by Zvika Gasner Koheleth, photos by Angela Hechtfisch 13-July-2020, edited 15-Sep-2020, 21-March-2021, 11-Aug-2021
Akko (Acre) – general information
The city of Akko, also known as Acre, is a 4,000 years old jam stone in the north part of Israel, located on the Haifa bay, and is only 23 km from the border of Lebanon. The city is inhabitant with 2/3 of the Jewish population and the other 1/3 of the Muslim and Christian community. In the new part of Akko lives mostly Jews and the old city is mainly occupied by the Muslims. The city’s main income comes from tourism, which can explain why the locals are so friendly and hospital. The easiest way to reach the city from Tel Aviv is taking toll road number 6, drive most of its way, a trip that may take just shy of 1-hour. Also, Akko can be a great jumping stone being close to Rosh hanikra and the city of Nahariya, only 10 km. distance, therefore these 3 locations can be smartly incorporated into your 1 tour theme.
What is there to see in Akko?
Well, saying it bluntly, there is pretty much a lot, but as starting good advice, if you wish to see everything that Akko has to offer, split it into 2 days and make an overnight at one of Akko’s finest hotels, such as “The Efendi” or the “Melisende”.
So what to see then? Akko’s “Bahai Gardens”, twin to the “Bahai Gardens” located in Haifa, the Hospitaller Fortress, better known as the “Knights halls” that were only fully dugout in the last 20 years, buried under massive soil and discovered after long and extensive excavation activity, The “Templers Tunnel” from the once exited Templer’s palace to Akko’s port, The “Turkish Hamam”, a Turkish hot bath and wellbeing Centre which used to host the merchant who visited the city, The “Al Jezzar” Muslim mosque – the most famous governor of the city in the late 18th century, that even Napoleon Bonaparte could NOT defeat him in his quest over Akko in 1799, the famous Akko harbor with its traditional fisherman and extreme activity boats, the brave Akko’s youth amateur show jumping from the city’s south-west walls into the sea, some country well-known restaurants like the “Uri-Buri” for seafood or the “Humus Suhila”, the colorful Turkish and Arab markets with its authentic street Bazar…and more.