The city of Acre is in the Western Galilee, 26 km (16 mi) north of Haifa, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Israel, and is mentioned in the Bible. Throughout its history, Acre provided a strategic coastel link between Asia and the Levant. Acre's population reflects a unique blend of ethnic groups and religions: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Armenians, Druze, and Bahais who live in exemplary coexistence.
Five Great Reasons to Visit Acre:
• The Old City and its walls harbor many historical sites. The renovated Knights' Halls of the Hospitaller Fortress defended Acre during the Crusades (11th century). Some of the vestiges from the Ottoman period are the Inn of the Columns and Hammam Al Basha (the Turkish Bath). Treasures in the Walls is an ethnographic museum, and the Enchanted Garden from Crusader times is now part of the Visitor Center.
• Worship services of Acre: The Ramhal Synagogue is named after Rabbi Moshe Haim Luzatto, a kabbalist who wrote Mesilat Yesharim (The Way of the Just), a famous book on ethics; the Franciscan Terra Sancta Church was built here out of the Franciscan belief that St. Francis of Assisi visited Acre in 1219; The El-Jazar Mosque is the largest mosque in Israel outside Jerusalem and was built by the Ottoman rulers of Acre; the city is also home to part of the Baha'i World Center (the other part being in Haifa).
• The Turkish Bazaar is a bustling market boasting seasonal produce, fresh baked bread and sweets, kitchenware, colorful clothing, knick-knacks, toys and spices piled high.
• A stroll along the seafront, atop the ancient city walls, with a view of the marina and fishing port, and stunning views of the Mediterranean, particularly at sunset.
• The city of Acre is a great base for visiting the Western Galilee, from the Keshet Cave to Nahariya, from the Monfort to Haifa.