The ancient Port City of Acre is one of the oldest cities in the world and in 2001 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Acre is situated in the Western Galilee on the shores of the Mediterranean about a half hours drive from the city of Haifa. This intriguing walled city offers a distinctive and rare experience for all visitors to the Holy Land.
In Ancient times Acre (Akko) was one of the most important cities of the region. Many cultures made the city their home resulting in the numerous wonderful buildings and sites from the times of the Crusaders and the Ottomans, built over many centuries and at one stage even Napoleon did his best to capture the city but was defeated by his failure to storm the invincible sandstone walls and had to retreat in humiliation.
The ancient walled city, fisherman’s wharf, Crusaders’ Crypts, the Great Mosque and the fortress as well as the Turkish Baths and many Churches are all parts of the captivating history and legacy left in the wake of the conquerors of the city of Acre.
The wonderful places to see are endless and include the more modern features like the bustling open market with its famous hummus restaurants and the fishing port with very popular fish restaurants that attract thousands of people who come to tour the Holy Land from abroad, as well as local visitors, throughout the year.