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Old City Akko 180/12, Israel

An authentic Old City experience
Historical Background
Carma, otherwise known as Akko Old City 12/180-181, is a  stone townhouse located in a quiet alley along the eastern edge of the Genoese Quarter, bordering the Venetian Quarter and the area of the Crusader Port (Kesten 1993), adjacent to the Ramhal Synagogue. Like many buildings of the Genoese Quarter, most of its remains are below ground, but Crusader and more recent relics are visible in the living room!  Recently, a 2,000yr old ritual bath ("mikveh") was unearthed at the end of the alley.  During the Ottoman Period, the townhouse was two separate buildings located in the heart of the small Ottoman Jewish community in the great Mubellata Quarter.  The neighbours recount that about 100 years ago, the house doubled as the dwelling and "fast-food joint" of a man named Abu Ibrahim who sold the best boiled dried fava beans and pita bread in town - or so we're told...
The Challenges
Carma's owners, Carlos and Mali Cortes (hence "Carma") purchased the building in 2011 from the Qassem family.  At the time, the house was very run down, with outdated sometimes dangerous infrastructures and a roof that was on the verge of collapse.  Carlos and Mali lovingly renovated it, with the timely assistance of local artisans well-versed in the complexities of stabilizing, cleaning and replacing Akko stone and the risk of unearthing too much history, lest the discovery of antiquities put a damper on the entire project.  Carma's neighbors lended a helping hand where needed or just a nice cup of Turkish coffee and light conversation so that Carlos and Mali could muster the strength to go on.  Finally, in September 2017, Carma was officially opened.
Touching History 

Inside the house you can literally touch history spanning four different periods. These include the upper part of a 1000 year old Crusader arch, the rest of which lies deep below ground.  Various other archeological elements uncovered during renovations offer an enchanting look into how people lived hundreds of years ago.  These quirky relics include a "refrigerator" from Ottoman times, the rafters of another unidentified house buried below, 200 year-old wooden beams, and another arch upstairs that Carlos and Mali only partially uncovered - otherwise they would have found themselves in the neighbor's living room...    

Carma Akko Vacation Home Today
Carma offers a well-deserved respite from the fast pace of 21st century life.  This self-catered establishment embodies the best of modern convenience and old world charm.  It spans 100meters on  2.5 floors: ground floor with fully-equipped kitchen, living and dining room;  spiral staircase to the second floor with two bedrooms (master with en suite and second bedroom with twin beds), and a roof-top terrace with BBQ.  Carma has brand-new appliances, including a refrigerator, wine bar, espresso maker, microwave, hotplate, , electric kettle, iron and utensils. It features solar heating, airconditioning, flat screen TVs with numerous multi-lingual satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi throughout.  The house has lots of windows for natural light and fresh air.  Carma is a few paces away from the Old City Market and a few minutes’ walk to the Old Akko Marina. Awaken to the wafting of freshly-ground coffee and oriental spices.  Buy fresh fish and succulent vegetables for a home-made feast or be outrageously pampered at one of the high-scale restaurants nearby.  Look us up on Booking.com and Airbnb (“Carma Akko”).

Contact Us

Name: Carma Akko Vacation Home
Address:  ​Old City Akko 180/12 (Google Map coordinates 32​o 55' 16.3"N  35​o 0.4' 09.1"E)
Contacts:  Mali & Carlos Cortes
​Tel.: +972-544-505486, +972-523-799879
Fax:  +972-4-6095080
email​:  [email protected], [email protected]

Rental: all days of the week. Check in:  14:00-17:00,
Check out: 11:00.  On Booking.com  and AirBnB as "Carma Akko".

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