The Old City Acre has a visitor center, where you can get a lot of information about it and its many activities. It is also recommended to visit more than one site – and purchase combined entrance tickets to the various areas in advance.
The ‘Crusader Fortress‘, also known as the ‘Hospital Fortress,’ is considered one of the most beautiful fortresses globally. By the way, UNESCO has chosen this fortress as a cultural heritage site.
The ‘Knights’ Halls‘ are halls that were discovered under the Crusader fortress. The story and history behind the place are fascinating!
During the visit, you will get a glimpse into the knights’ lives who lived in the area during the Crusader period. The walk is done independently – and apart from the escape cave, the entire site is accessible to the disabled. You will see the prisoners’ hall, the impressive dining room of the Crusader soldiers, the art hall, and more.
Nearby, the Al-Jazar Mosque, which is considered the largest mosque in Israel outside the city of Jerusalem, and one of the largest and most magnificent mosques built in Israel during the Ottoman period. The mosque is active to this day; therefore, the tour must be arranged in advance to visit it.
The Turkish bath, or ‘Hamam al Basha’, was built by the Ottoman ruler Ahmad al-Jazar, who ruled in Akko for his reign. The hammam is an ancient, magnificent, and indeed impressive bathhouse. You can also watch an audio-visual presentation that tells about the history of the hammam, the Ottoman rule in Israel, and more information about the city.
As befits an ancient city, Acre is surrounded by a wall, the ‘Eastern Wall’. The walk along it is pleasant and enjoyable – and you can even climb it and enjoy a fantastic view of the city.
In addition to a fun walk around the old city, boating is a great way to see and experience the city!
At the Port of Acre, a variety of boats offer different sailing experiences, right in front of the walls of the Old City. You can even reach the port of Haifa, in a short cruise of about 45 minutes.
Museums, art, and cuisine in Acre
The city’s historical museums include the ‘Museum of Underground Prisoners‘ – which displays the historical events that took place there, as well as illustrates the lives of prisoners of the Irgun, Lehi, and Haganah underground – who were imprisoned for defending the settlement and fighting for the right to establish a national home in Israel.
‘The Museum of Treasures in the Wall‘ preserves the city’s historical heritage through rare items from various periods. In the museum, you can see the rich culture of Acre in its multiple periods, and its inhabitants’ way of life.
‘The Okashi Art Museum‘ presents the artist Avshalom Okashi, one of the most influential painters in Israeli art. Also, the museum has rotating exhibitions that exhibit, of course, Israeli art.
Art from all fields you can find in every corner of the city, in many galleries. Unique handicrafts, sculptures, photographs, and paintings in the atmosphere of the town and its inspiration.
Among the galleries, the binding sites in the cities of Akko, and the museums – a large selection of authentic and family restaurants, refined cafes, and chef restaurants.