Exploring Israel – Acre Posted by Sean Young on Apr 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
The city of Acre (עכו) in Hebrew and عكّا in Arabic) lies in northern Israel on the Bay of Acre. This city possesses a long history dating back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BCE) where Israelite, Greek, Roman, Arab and Ottoman cultures put their mark in the city. Even Napoleon Bonaparte tried to lay his hands on Acre and conquer it – but failed and retreated in humiliation. In the Bahá’í Faith, Akko is considered a holy city and is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fascinating history that has passed through the streets of the city, the buildings that adorn the city, the places of worship built there are just a small part of the wonder and intrigue this city offers. There is a huge mosque and a Christian monastery, an inn and Turkish baths, halls built by the Knights Templar, and many more archeological findings. Of course there are the museums, a row of hotels near the beaches, a marina, restaurants and a fishing port.
Having fun in Acre
Every year Acre has festivals that attract visitors from around the world. Between the ancient alleyways a lively open market hums with activity, especially on weekends. Oh, while you’re there, you will have to try the hummus at the restaurant “Humus Said Akko” (it has a rating of 4-1/2 out of 5 stars). The hummus and food there is excellent and there is a line to wait – it’s that good! You can ask just about anyone in the city for directions, and they’ll point you in the right direction.
I mentioned a fishing port in the second paragraph above. And there you’ll find some excellent fish restaurants that serve the best of the previous night’s catches. Try Savida Food Bar at Turkish Bazaar 13. They have seafood that is very delicious and fresh caught just a few hours ago.
Not far away from the city is the beautiful and well kept Bahai Garden, build by members of the Bahai religion. It is so relaxing to go through the paths and capturing the beauty of the flower beds.
So next time you’re touring Israel, why not take a look at what Acre has to offer you? It’s not that far from Haifa, and there’s a bus or train arriving a few times daily from Tel Aviv and other nearby cities.
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