In my last visit to Israel I took two days out to explore the north, starting from eastern Galilee, and moving west for the night to stay at Kiryat Yam so I can spend the following day exploring the north-west, starting from Acre. The old city of Acre (or Akko) is a special place in Israel, and I must admit that I never really took the time to fully appreciate its secrets and wonders. Not only is it a gorgeous well-preserved world-class UNESCO heritage site old city with some terrific markets and offering delicious Mediterranean food, the local tourist sites are top-notch taking you far back in time underground into the endless layers of history, exploring the historical impact of the Greek, Roman, Judean, Christian and Muslim/Ottoman eras on the area. Taking the must-do combo tour, you’ll venture into secret underground tunnels, take a virtual bath in a well-restored Hammam, stroll through hidden markets, walk the old city walls and learn about the city fortifications fending the important port. In this visit, for the first time, I wanted to see it all and it was all well-worth it.
But before I venture in to the tourist attractions, here’s a preview of what walking around Acre feels like. That, by itself, is reason enough to come by and visit.
A beautiful place. Much more on Acre to follow.