Wed. we headed north along the coast to Akko. Akko is one of the oldest ports in the world and is historically important for its roles during the Crusades and in helping to defeat Napolean when it was ruled by el Jazzar (the butcher). Unlike many of the historic sites that we’ve seen, Akko is still a vibrant city today and has turned the old part of the city into a tourist industry. Every year during sukkot, Akko hosts a Fringe Theater Festival. We didn’t attend any of the performances, but the city was majorly bustling while we were there.

We explored the Templar tunnels, built in the 12th century as a direct underground route from the port to the inland fortress.

Underground in the Templar tunnels

We also visited the old Turkish bathhouse, which has been restored and turned into a museum. Its more beautiful than this picture conveys because the lighting was low, so I didn’t get many good shots, but you can appreciate the gorgeous tile.

Turkish bath, Akko

The shuk is also still busy and in use. So far, the most architecturally interesting one we’ve seen, with its narrow winding streets.

Hookah stall at the Akko market

Spice stall, Akko market

Wooden ma'amoul molds, Akko market

We continued walking around the old city, through the dry moat, and up onto the city walls, which were built by the Crusaders.

Akko door

Akko door

Akko window

Atop the old city walls - wide enough for a horse

That seemed like more than enough to ask of Noah, so even though there was more to see, we called it a day. We’ll be back – its less than an hour away from Haifa.