Akko Old Town
Akko Old Town
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  • Travelibrarian
    Istanbul, Türkiye185 contributions
    Historic and atmospheric.
    The old city is a little touristy with nice shops and cafes, but there is still a large population living within the walls, so it doesn't feel inauthentic. The markets are full of local produce and things that locals would buy in their daily lives. Very enjoyable to wander and small enough that if you get lost, (which you will), you find your way again very easily.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
  • SilverOrlov
    Tel Aviv, Israel1,821 contributions
    A few hours in an authentic place
    My wife and I spent about 5 hours here in total. We walked up and down all the places that could interest us and that I wanted to photograph. Interesting and very authentic place with several cafeterias, several restaurants and lots of small souvenir shops. Almost all of them sell absolutely the same thing, but I want to highlight one store, that is located on one long shopping street. Clean and with a large assortment: Paul Elias. A visit to this place is included in one of the excursions in the northern part of the country, but you can come here and walk on your own.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Alan & Jules
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom38 contributions
    Akko Old Town
    What an amazing place, well worth a visit with the key historical sites - Citadel (The Hospitaller Fortress), Al-Basha Bath House, Templars Tunnel etc. - close at hand and easily visited during a day. Yes, the area is a bit touristy in parts but this does not detract from the wider appeal of the Old Town where the local population live in juxtaposition with centuries old tradition. We visited off a cruise stopping in Haifa and took the train to Akko (Acre) which was straightforward, quick and reasonably priced. Far cheaper and more convenient than an organised excursion.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • lktnz
    Golden Bay, New Zealand41 contributions
    Very interesting history for this strategically placed old town
    We really enjoyed our visit to the Old Town. We purchased the ticket 'package deal' to get into 6 sights. We weren't sure it would be worthwhile but it was excellent. We had an audio guide for the Citadel, (over 40 stations) and audio guide and videos at the Bathhouse, a wander through the tunnel and a real live person guide to the Synagogue and information centre. There were two sights we didn't get to! Topped off with delic hummus for lunch! The train from Haifa is easy with a 20 min walk to Land Gate.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,036 contributions
    Crusader fort is beautifully restored
    Akko is a medieval city that is best-known for its Crusader fort, which dates from the 12th Century. Acre has been beautifully restored and is open for visitors. The rest of the Akko Old Town has a great selection of outdoor restaurants. Acco sits on a natural harbor, it's not far from Haifa. It's easy to wander around the Akko Old Town, there's lots to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,036 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Akko is a medieval city that is best-known for its Crusader fort, which dates from the 12th Century. Acre has been beautifully restored and is open for visitors. The rest of the Akko Old Town has a great selection of outdoor restaurants. Acco sits on a natural harbor, it's not far from Haifa. It's easy to wander around the Akko Old Town, there's lots to see.
Written November 3, 2023
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Ned S
Jerusalem, Israel217 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Really worthwhile place to visit. There is incredible history to explore and discover. Fascinating sites and stories to see and learn about.
Written July 3, 2023
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lktnz
Golden Bay, New Zealand41 contributions
Jun 2023
We really enjoyed our visit to the Old Town. We purchased the ticket 'package deal' to get into 6 sights. We weren't sure it would be worthwhile but it was excellent. We had an audio guide for the Citadel, (over 40 stations) and audio guide and videos at the Bathhouse, a wander through the tunnel and a real live person guide to the Synagogue and information centre. There were two sights we didn't get to! Topped off with delic hummus for lunch! The train from Haifa is easy with a 20 min walk to Land Gate.
Written June 19, 2023
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Sarah H
Cremorne, Australia4 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a wonderful site, very interesting. With a fabulous feel. It is a good way to spend a couple of hours after a beautiful lunch at Ari Buri!
Written May 28, 2023
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Alan & Jules
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK38 contributions
Apr 2023
What an amazing place, well worth a visit with the key historical sites - Citadel (The Hospitaller Fortress), Al-Basha Bath House, Templars Tunnel etc. - close at hand and easily visited during a day. Yes, the area is a bit touristy in parts but this does not detract from the wider appeal of the Old Town where the local population live in juxtaposition with centuries old tradition. We visited off a cruise stopping in Haifa and took the train to Akko (Acre) which was straightforward, quick and reasonably priced. Far cheaper and more convenient than an organised excursion.
Written May 1, 2023
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SilverOrlov
Tel Aviv, Israel1,821 contributions
Mar 2023
My wife and I spent about 5 hours here in total. We walked up and down all the places that could interest us and that I wanted to photograph. Interesting and very authentic place with several cafeterias, several restaurants and lots of small souvenir shops. Almost all of them sell absolutely the same thing, but I want to highlight one store, that is located on one long shopping street. Clean and with a large assortment: Paul Elias.
A visit to this place is included in one of the excursions in the northern part of the country, but you can come here and walk on your own.
Written April 9, 2023
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Travelibrarian
Istanbul, Türkiye185 contributions
Mar 2023
The old city is a little touristy with nice shops and cafes, but there is still a large population living within the walls, so it doesn't feel inauthentic. The markets are full of local produce and things that locals would buy in their daily lives. Very enjoyable to wander and small enough that if you get lost, (which you will), you find your way again very easily.
Written March 24, 2023
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Mary
Tucson, AZ36 contributions
Feb 2023
I took an NCL excursion including Akko. I don't know the company which provided the tour. This was one of my most memorable excursions. The site is well organized with a center, excellent signage and explanations. Some descriptions have made it out to be challenging. I have bad knees and had no trouble including the tunnel. (If you are claustrophobic or afraid of dark, you should pass on this section.) It made pieces of history, movies, novels all come to life and make more sense. Our guide took us into unscheduled parts like the Bath House -- each section has its own uniqueness. Don't pass on anything unless physically necessary. We also wandered through the back streets and saw modern Accre (Akko) and on down to the port. It was a day well spent.
Written March 11, 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
Feb 2023
Good food in the market and cheap prices. Bought some copper plates here. The people are authentic and going about their lives as usual.
Written March 5, 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,485 contributions
Aug 2022
Since 1191 (when, during the III Crusade or "crusade of the three emperors") the King of England Richard the Lionheart takes the city back from Saladin - who had conquered it four years earlier - until 1291, when it's definitively conquered by the Islamic armies of the Mamluk dynasty, exactly a century passes. This is the century in which Akko boasts the title of capital of the "Kingdom of Jerusalem". A kingdom which, however, was deprived of Jerusalem itself, reconquered by Saladin in 1187.
The century 1191-1291 is therefore the one in which the city of Akko has the greatest importance. Although in fact its documented history begins from the fourteenth century BC, and although already in the period 1099-1191 the port of Akko had the role of maritime gateway between the Kingdom of Jerusalem and Europe, the greatest building legacies of Crusader imprint date back to the century following 1191.
After the conquest in 1291, the Mamluks destroyed and then deliberately neglected the port and the city, to prevent it from being conquered again by the Crusaders and becoming their stronghold once it had become efficient again. A fortiori, therefore, what we see today of the old city (often reduced to the subsoil: the Knights' Halls, the Templars' tunnel), largely dates back to the 13th century, and in any case speaks to us above all of that prosperous and dramatic era . The walls and above all the port are an exception, partially rebuilt at the end of the 18th century by the Ottoman governor Ahmed Pasha Al Jazzar.
Today the old city presents itself as a valuable historic center, rich in environmental values, with venerable military, civil and religious buildings, many of which are absolutely not to be missed.
The Islamic population, although a minority in the whole of Akko after the Israeli-Arab partition of Palestine in 1948, is however concentrated right in the historical centre, as anyone who walks through its alleys or bazaar will be able to ascertain. In singular contrast, part of the new toponymy recalls the Crusader past: King Louis IX st., Philippe Auguste st., Baldwin st., Bet Lusignan, but also Pisan Port, and squares named after Venice, Genoa and Amalfi.
Written February 21, 2023
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