The port of Acre (better known by its Hebrew name, Akko) is considered to be one of the most beautiful ports in the State of Israel. Located in the south eastern part of town, the port plays a major role in the city's mysterious atmosphere.
The history of the Acre port
Even as far back as the reign Hellenistic empire the Port or Acre was a significant point of entry into the land of Israel. It was easy for the Greeks to subdue the city since the nearest village was quite far from the marina. The famous Jewish philosopher Josephus mentioned in his writings how life must have been in the city after it has been occupied: The city under the Greeks held a prosperous glass crafting industry (14th century BC.) The Persians, who took over the land after the Greeks in the 6th century BC, praised the port to be "the most important piece of land." Recent archeological findings revealed that the first ever breakwater built in the Middle East was constructed under the Persians in the Port of Acre. Archeologists also found several lost ships, testimony to how important it was.
The acre port these days
During the middle ages, the port's significance had diminished, but now it's gaining back some of its prominence. The middle ages brought much destruction on the port of Acre which then took centuries to recover. It was the Turks who rebuilt it and made it so attractive that even Napoleon was taken aback by its beauty.
Today you would find a peaceful port, with relaxed fishermen making a living on the shore. The mysterious atmosphere makes a perfect décor for a walk on the pier, visiting the Pizzani port and The Flies' tower. Acre offers you the best place for vacationing, with the best food, weather and views. We would love to have you over at the Effendi Boutique Hotel in Acre, where all this history can be seen right outside our window.