step back in time in mystical akko (acre) in israel on #igtravelthursday

Step into mystican Akko/Acre

Akko, or Acre is a must-visit place if you are visiting Haifa Bay area in northern Israel. The old town is walled and filled with narrow streets and houses on different level (tunnels included) and has a colourful history of Greek, Judean and Roman periods followed by Islamic period, crusaders, Ottomans and the Brits before Israel was formed. Keeping all this in mind it’s no wonder that this old town is also Unesco World Heritage site.

Akko Israel

So what is there to see in Akko? everything you’d expect from a small fishing town plus so much more. Quaint lighthouse, colourful fruit and juice sellers by the coast, beautiful old houses all reaching to different heights, narrow streets, templars’ tunnel (mind your head there and only visit if you don’t suffer being in small places), churches, a beautiful mosque, a citadel, Turkish hammam – and of course a lively souk.

Akko2 Israel

Walking around the bustling city is an experience for all senses. They have done a great job conserving the old city, and since most of the streets are so narrow there aren’t many cars to be seen. If you drive here I’d recommend parking outside the old town – it’s much faster, easier and cheaper (and free on Fridays and Saturdays).

Akko walking toursIf you don’t like exploring the town yourself, follow one of the many walking routes the town offers. Check also this great detailed map of the city with interactive sight info.Cute as a kitten

Israel doesn’t have issues with wild animals: we saw no dogs running around and only few cats around in general – one of them was this little cutie who wanted some good food too…

Sunset in Akko Israel

TRAVEL TIP for Akko: enjoy a seaside lunch by the beach, right outside the entrance to the old town at Al-Babur (or El-Babur, El-Baboor – many names have few ways to write them in Israel) either indoors or outside on the terrace in sunshine. This place is recommended by the locals and the food was just amazing.

El Babur

They specialise in Middle Eastern food, especially Lebanese. We had their squash with yogurt and tabouleh with pomegranate for starters with pitta and Elbaboor kebab and Mansah lamb for mains with fresh mint tea. So delicious and extra fresh!

You can see below more of my Instagram photos from this trip to Israel. Enjoy! 

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