North of Haifa is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Akko, a city that is known to be one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited places. Akko is an old port city with its surrounding walls miraculous still intact. Four religions have established roots here. The Jews have built synagogues, the Muslims mosques and the Crusaders have built churches. Akko also serves as the holiest city and a place of pilgrimage for members of the Baha’i religion. All of these religions helped shape the city’s history, culture and feel.
Walking through the old city will reveal crusader ruins, places of worship, stone pathways, walls and the famous Ottoman Citadel. The Ottoman Citadel has a long history of serving as a prison. In the 1800s, Bahá'u'lláh, the creator of the Bahai faith, was imprisoned here. Later under the British Mandate, many Zionist resistance activists were jailed and some even killed here.
You can walk through the market place, mingling with locals while looking at baked sweets, colorful clothing, and tourist trinkets. Along the old port you will see numerous boats embarking and docking, as well as young people jumping from the city’s high walls, hoping to land comfortably in the ocean. You will feel a cool sea breeze and be able to smell the scent of fresh grilled fish mixed with hummus and fruity flavored tobacco.