Another incredible day trip you can do from Tel Aviv (or Jerusalem) is to head and hour and half north and combine Caesarea, Akko and Baha’i Gardens for a feast of the best fish and some of the finest views and history.
This ancient port city was named after the Roman emperor Caesar and built by Herod the Great to impress him. It is now a national park.
The city was build as an artificial harbour carving out to be a hub of trade.
Naturally King Herod built a palace in the city where you can see today the ruins of the swimming pool!
The king also built a massive amphitheater, a hippodrome, and a temple dedicated to Caesar but also to win popularity back from his people.
There’s also a museum with a comical but actually very educational film fit for all ages and languages which along with a guide I’d highly recommend.
Akko (also known as Acre)
This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the best fish restaurant in Isreal: Uri Buri. Set on the marina, this isn’t a fancy Mayfair fish white linen cloth affair – it’s causal, quick with the most amazing fish. A must is the wasabi sorbet with salmon! But everything was incredible. This isn’t just a pit stop in your day this is a destination in its own right.
After lunch you can walk up to the city winding your way through authentic colourful local markets.
A must is to visit The Hospitaller Fortress or known as ‘ The Knights Hall’. This impressive building dates back to the crusader period.
One of the most beautiful gardens in the world , free to enter and with 1,500 steps you will want to be wearing your trainers! Note, this whole day out dress should be respectful.
The Baha’i Gardens are set on Mount Carmel with views spanning the whole of Akko and beyond it is a picture pit stop at the very least!
Visiting Caesarea, Akko, and the Bahá’í Gardens is a wonderful way to experience the cultural and historical richness of Israel. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for beautiful views or wasabi sorbet these places offer something for everyone. I would highly recommend a guide or a tour to really be able to understand the significance and importance of these places. We used Yoav Biller company for a private tour guide and there’s also tons of group tours available too.