Nestled on Israel’s northern coast, just above Tel Aviv, the ancient port city of Acre (or as the locals call it, Akko) is one of the world’s oldest cities and certainly one of the most heavily fortified. Fast becoming a popular travel destination—and one of many historic rest stops along Israel’s azure Mediterranean coast, Akko is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This 4,500-year-old city enchants visitors with its rich multicultural history, breathtaking sights, and first-class dining and hospitality.
(Cover Image) Arial view of the ancient port city of Akko (Acre), one of the oldest cities in Israel – known since medieval times as the Gateway to the Holy Land.
Fortified sea walls surrounding the beautiful city of Akko (Acre). The apostle Paul visited this city for a day when it was called Ptolemais (Acts 21:7).
Courtyard of the Crusader Fortress in old Akko. This city is the former capital of the Crusader kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Richard the Lionhearted ruled the Kingdom of Jerusalem from Akko.
The interior of the Crusader Fortress has been transformed into an interactive museum.
Knights Hall in the Crusader Fortress in Akko (Acre). The history of Akko can reveal much about the impact of the Crusades on the Holy Land.
The Templar Tunnel that transverses the old city of Akko (Acre) underground.
One of several plazas in Akko filled with restaurants, coffee shops, and stores.