Acre, known to locals as Akko (Hebrew: Akkō) or Akka (Arabic:, ʻAkkā), is a city in the coastal
plain region of the Northern District of Israel.
The city occupies an important location, sitting in a natural harbour at the extremity of
Haifa Bay on the coast of the Mediterranean's Levantine Sea. Aside from coastal trading,
it was also an important waypoint on the region's coastal road and the road cutting inland
along the Jezreel Valley. The first settlement during the Early Bronze Age was abandoned
after a few centuries but a large town was established during the Middle Bronze Age. Continuously inhabited since then, it is among the oldest continuously-inhabited settlements
on Earth. It has, however, been subject to conquest and destruction several times and survived
as little more than a large village for centuries at a time.
In present-day Israel, the population was 48,303 in 2017, made up of Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Baha'is. In particular, Acre is the holiest city of the Bahá'í Faith and receives many pilgrims of that faith every year. Thirty-two per cent of the city's population is Arab.
The mayor is Shimon Lankri, who was reelected in 2011.