Akko is a small, picturesque port city located on the Mediterranean coast in North Israel. With its cobblestoned streets and vibrant culture, it’s an ideal destination for those looking for something off-the-beaten-path. While there’s so much to do in the city – from archeological sites and museums to beaches and restaurants – here are our top 5 reasons to visit Akko, Israel.
1) Akko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Akko houses its very own Old City, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old City is filled with monuments, including fortifications, towers, synagogues, churches, and mosques. These monuments reflect Akko’s history – from the Crusaders to the Templars – ranging various empires and religions. See the Museum of Underground Prisoners, the Templars’ Tunnel, and more with this tour, offering you a glimpse into what life was like in Akko hundreds of years ago.
2) Beautiful Beaches Await You
Akko is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, so it’s no surprise that there are some incredible beaches nearby, like Akko’s main beach, which provides stunning views of the city skyline and the sea. It has shallow waters that make it perfect for swimming and even snorkeling. There are also plenty of beach bars and restaurants to enjoy as you soak in the sun. Other nearby beaches include Dor Beach and Bokek Beach. Both of these offer a quieter alternative but still provide beautiful scenery.
3) You Can Link Akko Directly to the Bible
You may notice that Akko is also sometimes called “Acre” since it’s written this way in the Book of Joshua, Chapter 21. It is mentioned as part of the land the Israelites conquered and pilgrims from all over come here looking for spiritual healing as well as a deeper understanding of their faith. Visiting Akko and its holy landmarks will give you insight into one of humanity’s oldest religions.
4) Shopping at the Old City Market
Markets in Akko are perfect for souvenir shopping and immersing yourself in the region’s lively culture. The most popular one is the Akko Market, which is located in the Old City. Here you can find a variety of items, ranging from spices and produce to jewelry and clothing. You can also take part in bartering with the vendors for a truly unique experience. In addition to shopping, these markets are great places to people-watch and try your hand at some street photography. Get your cameras ready!
5) Explore the Rest of North Israel from Akko
If you’ve looked at a map of Akko, you may have noticed it’s a great starting point for exploring more of North Israel. It’s close to Haifa and Caesarea, two cities that offer a wealth of attractions. You can explore all of these locations with our Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko Tour and see many other great sites on our northern tours.
If you’re up for the challenge, visiting the Golan Heights or exploring some of Israel’s most beautiful national parks, like Mount Carmel, is a great option. Browse our marvelous selection of Northern Israel hotels to find the most comfortable and fitting accommodations for you.
Discover More of Akko with Tourist Israel!
Akko is an underrated destination full of historical sites, stunning views, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach day or a unique cultural experience, Akko provides it all. Tourist Israel offers plenty of exciting tours all over the country, including private and package tours.