Akko, located in the western Galilee half an hour north of Haifa, is the most ancient of Israel’s cities and has one of the oldest ports in the world. The city is unique in its original style, with all the buildings having been preserved throughout history. Unique for Israel, Akko is surrounded by a fortified wall which even proved an obstacle for Napoleon’s troops. Whilst Akko is further protected by the sea on one side, access from the land is restricted by large dugouts running all around the side of the city facing the land. The old town still operates the same as it has in former times, with its bustling shops and markets. Akko also offers a wide variety of tourist sites such as the underground crusader city, the old port, the Templar’s tunnels, many museums including the Museum of Underground Prisoners, the Al-Jazzer mosque, the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, the Khans and Turkish markets and the Knight Banqueting Halls. Fore more information about the old city, you can go here.