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The Old City of Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an enchanting mix of mosques, markets, and vaulted Crusader ruins (many of them underground). A walk through the cobbled alleys and outdoor market stalls brings you to a small port filled with fishing boats. Views from the surrounding ramparts are some of the country's best. On the way, sample fresh halvah, nougat-filled pralines, whole-wheat pita, or homemade kibbeh (a ground lamb and bulgur wheat dish), a specialty of the city’s small Greek Orthodox community.

To reach the historic parts of Akko, you'll be driving through a modern city: a bustling metropolis of about 46,000. It's rather plain, so reserve judgment until you've seen the Old City.

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