Akko Travel Guide

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Akko Highlights

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    ophiro says…

     great place for a half day trip 

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    Carmela71 says…

     not enough time to find any 

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    Martin_S. says…

     Plan on at least half a day there 

Akko Things to Do

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  • lighthouse

    Getting out of the Templars Tunnel we walked to the sea where we saw the Acre Lighthouse. It’s an active 10meters high cylindrical lighthouse that was built by concrete in 1912 in black and white and has a gray metallic lantern room on top. It is located near the base of the former ottoman flag tower Burj-El-Sanjak. According to Wikipedia The light...

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  • Turkish Bath

    A public bathhouse that was built by El-Jazar in the year 1795 in the format of the Oriental bathhouses that were common in the Turkish Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries...The bathhouse has an entry room that serves as a dressing room, with a marble fountain in the center. A corridor leads from the entry room to a series of hot rooms, the...

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  • excavations under the citadel

    I think I enjoyed the excavations under the citadel much more than the restored halls upstairs which are high and impressive anyway but I tried to imagine the prisoners locked in small dark rooms. Now full of tourists but back then with unlucky people that got tortured there. You can see the dungeon, a complex of semi-joined halls and an ancient...

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  • the Citadel

    Our tour in the Old Town of Acre started from the Citadel. It’s an ottoman fortification that was built over the ruins of the Crusaders fortress (they ruled from 1191 to 1291) on the NW part of the town. In late 17th century the old sleepy town came to life again when Pasha Jezzar fortified the town with a fortress and then became the seat of the...

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  • Turkish Bazzar

    Just behind the main market street we noticed a small alley which was full of small souvenir/local craft stores. We ended up there after visiting the citadel and although we didn’t buy something we strolled slowly and checked the stores. It’s the Turkish Bazaar that was built during 18th century and served the town as the local market until 1948...

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  • Hammam al-Basha

    It was included on my combo ticket along with Citadel, templar tunnels and Okashi Museum but I wouldn’t suggest anyone to visit this one as top priority. Hammam al-Basha is Acre’s hammam that was built by Jezzar Pasha and was in function as a bathhouse until 1950, a nice hammam for a butcher like him. So, is there anything to do there for the...

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Akko Restaurants

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  • Galileo for lunch

    The restaurant is situated on the water among the ruins of some of the old walls of Acco. You can look out to sea or take a look at the old defensive wall while eating. We had the "Tarovet", which means mixture. They bring you a mixture of all the salads of the house, along with pita bread. You will chick pea, tehina, eggplant, lettuce, tomato...

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  • No.1 Humus In Israel

    No.1 In Israel - many people consider this rewastaurnt to be the best Humus Restaurant in the country. It has a huge reputation and its well worth a visit. Sadly the place is closed in saturdays and another thing that should worry you is the long line until you can order... but if you have time go for it!

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  • Under the Palm Beach Hotel

    Palm Dinner restaurant or Cafe is some sort of Cantina.Situated in the road between Haifa and Akko under the Hotel of Palm Beach Its clean and effective.Specially if you are with a tour dont miss it Nothing special

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  • Humus

    It being an Arab town, the old city of Akko has no shortage of humus and felafel places! They tend to be found nearer to the two north western gates (there are 3 gates into the old city), which are the main gates used by locals and tourists (nearer to the everyday use of the old city such as the market, the large mosques etc..). Whilst they may not...

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  • Malabi

    Here is a malabi recipe :Ingredients for 6 poeple :1 litter milk (or 1 litter water or 50%/50%)1/2 cup of sugar (or less or none depends on your taste)5 full tablespoons of corn flower1 tablespoon of rose water (or more, if you want but it will be very sweet)you can also add on top of the malabi ::*Crushed almonds or peanuts*Raspberry syrup*A few...

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  • Humus Said

    Humus said is located in the middle of the old city's market and people say it is the best humus in Akko and even one of the best in Israel !.The place is open from the morning (8-9) and always full untill he close the place (12-13).The only thing in this restaurant is Humus (13 nis) , they serve it with water , some vegetables , parsley and hot...

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Akko Transportation

  • how to go there

    Akko is 26km N of Haifa, 41km NW of Nazareth, 60km W of Tiberias, 115km N of Tel Aviv, 175km N of JerusalemBy trainTrain is probably the most convenient way to get to Akko as it is on the main Israeli train track, during the day there’s a train every 20’ from Tel Aviv (43nis), Haifa(14nis)By busThere are Egg buses from Carmel in Haifa (11,70nis) or...

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  • how to move around

    Most visitors visit the Old City of Akko and not the city itself. Old Town is 10’ walk from train/bus station, have in mind that is small in size and in most parts pedestrian only with small lovely alleys. We took a map from the Tourist Information but you don’t really need it. You will need a taxi/shared taxi only for Bahai shrine which lies...

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  • How to Arrive ?

    Akko is located in the north of Israel. Its almost 2 hours drive from Tel Aviv and 30min' drive from Haifa.Taking the train to Akko from Tel Aviv can be the easiest and cheapest way.From Tel Aviv Merkaz (central train station of T"A) it takes 1hour and 40minutes and a round trip ticket cost 61shekels.Trains are very comfortable and easy and it...

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Akko Shopping

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  • what to buy in Akko

    In the Old Town of Akko is the Market street, a colorful local market with dozens of spices, vegetables, fruits, fish, stalls with typical oriental pastries but also perfumes, antiques etc. It’s nice to walk there anyway even if you don’t plan to buy something.We bought lots of herbs to bring back home but also nuts and dry fruits that we ate till...

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  • More Than Just A Market

    As most of the mixed ethnic cities in Israel, Akko also has a big market in the old town.This tip can be considered as a local costum in some ways, in other ways it can be a must see but after all its a market where we shop - thats why its in the shopping.Akko's market in Saterdays is the most crowded and noisy place you can find yourself in the...

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  • Market Street

    Market street is the main road of the Old City and runs from the north to the south. During the Crusader Period this road led from the Hospitallers Gate in the north, along the route of the market or through Via Regis, all the way to the port.Today, the main market of Old Acre is located on this route – a colorful market with many stalls selling...

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Akko Local Customs

  • Different writing

    Due to the fact that Arabic and Hebrew have different letters it happens that the translation to English might vary. Don't get confused if you read some name once in this way and just a few minutes later you see the name written in a different way. It confuses at first, but you will get used to this fact, once you keep this in your mind.

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  • Social Time

    While strolling in the alleys of the old city (and by the way in many arab cities or villages) you'll most likely see many times the Local Parliament" as i call it.Normally the oler Man although many times you'll see young ones as well, enjoying Card games or backgammon or Domino. This game time is a time to meet, to discuss the latest events...to...

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  • Black Coffee

    Black coffee is very popular in the middle east... and in many places its mixed with a spice named "hal" .Its not as "clan" as espresso or maybe other kinds of coffee but its strong and gooooood.We have set in a local cafe' in akko, a local Arab cafe in the market... not as fancy as the Cafe's we're normally going to but a simple local one, Arabic...

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Akko Warnings and Dangers

  • The walls

    The walls of the old town of akko can be very dangerous !.Don't try to climb on places you should not climb - go to the parts of the wall that it is ok to walk.The fall is to the water and there are a lot of rocks in the water near the beach.

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  • At night

    Well, I’m not sure as I didn’t spend the time at night here but I would think that hanging around alone between the walls in a dark night is not very recommended.Also do not go to dark corners where you are not sure where is it going to.

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Akko Tourist Traps

  • The restaurants near the sea

    Because the city is on the shores of the sea there are a lot of restaurants with a view to the sea , most of them are middle eastern and seafood restaurants.In most of them the prices are high and the quality of the food is not the best. Enjoy the view and the atmosphere. Try a local restaurant , maybe inside the market and enjoy.

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  • Souvenier shops

    Zohara and I checked out several of the souvenier shops in the old city of Acco and found them all to be overpriced. Many stores in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem sell the same products at a better price. So check several shops before you do you purchasing. If you inform the shop owner of having seen better prices, be prepared to haggle and tell...

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  • At the market and the bazaars

    At the market and the bazaars, remember the middle-eastern tradition, barging for price. Never pay the price asked for, sometime it will be possible even to get 50% off the price. It all depends how rich the shopkeeper thought you are when he told you the first price:)

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Akko Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk on the fortress wall

    Aware of the significance of the city and its port for the security of their kingdom, the Crusaders built a sophisticated system of fortifications composed of walls and towers. On the East - North part of it, a mighty wall separates the city from the mainland. Every time I visit Akko, I like to climb to the top of the wall (there are easy stairs...

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  • Rosh Ha'nikra

    Rosh Ha'nikra (rosh = head , ha' = the , nikra = grotto , head of the grotto) is a very beautiful nature reserve on the border of Lebanon.This is a place where the water made holes in the rocks and now there are caves where you can see the water inside in beautiful colors.

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  • Watch them jump!

    When it's hot and school is out, Ako's youngsters meet at the Harbor District in the Old City and jump down the breathtaking high walls into the sea...

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Akko Sports & Outdoors

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    Jumping off Akko's walls 4 more images

    by iblatt Written Sep 4, 2011

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    Walking on the Akko City Wall promenade, I first saw a group of tourists standing speechless and motionless, like they were watching something thrilling and exciting. Then I saw what it was all about: local kids jumping off the walls, about 15 meters high, into the sea.
    They performed back-flips and sommersaults and it was a really stunning show!

    Warning: Don't try to do this if you are not a local Akko boy aged 12-18!

    Equipment: None (just lots of guts!)

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  • A few things about akko

    The city of akko is not a very big city.There are something like 45000 citizens and there are 75% Jews and the rest are Arabs (most of them are muslims).The old town of Akko is a world heritage site since 2001 by Unesco.

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  • A Mix of religions

    Akko is basicaly a very old city and its another prove for how people from all religions can live together.Most of the population of Akko is Jewish & Arabs and a minority of Christians.Thats one of the reasons that i like this place, even just to see how well everyone can live together.

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  • Rooftop Dogs

    The old city is packed with surprises, like this dog running around on the roofs, seen from the city wall.

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The Market
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church of St John the Baptist
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the wall
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Khan al-Umdan
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mosque of Jezzar Pasha
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'Treasures in the Walls' Ethnographic Museum
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Al Jazzar Mosque
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Fresh Grape Juice
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Around Old Town
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Underground Prisoners Museum
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Treasures in the Walls - Ethnographic museum
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Hamam al Basha - The Turkish Bath
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The Turkish Bazaar
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The Templar Tunnel
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The Souk (the market)
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El Jazzar Mosque
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The Crusader Town
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Tickets for Acre sites
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Sea Walls
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Khan al-Umdan
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Stroll Along The Old Town
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The Templars Tunnel
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Check out the "Venetian" glass manufacturers !
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Go to the Bazar !
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See the Cruisaders Hospital Compound !
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Khan Al Umdan
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Walls of Acre
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Lighthouse and sea wall
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Saint John’s Church
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Khan Al-Omdan
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Sinan Pasha Mosque
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Turkish Bazaar
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El Zituna Mosque
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Okashi Museum
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Cezzar Ahmet Pasha Mosque
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The Walls
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The Citadel (The Hospitaller Fortress)
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El Jazzar Mosque
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