The city of Akko (also commonly spelled as Akka or Acre) is located in the northern extremity of Israel. Approximately 30km north of Haifa.
Because of its location on the border of the Mediterranean sea, Akko very naturally was able to become a harbor for Israel. This helped it become one of the oldest cities of the world (continuously inhabited since the Middle Bronze Age around 4000 years ago!).
As a result, Akko is seeped in history. But it also has a raw beauty to it, one that can truly be glimpsed when walking through its Old City.
Admittedly, it was fun trying to find the market. I had been there previously, but had not remembered the exact way to get to it. And as such, it was beyond fun to weave in and out of streets to find the market. The streets really had no rhyme or reason in the order in which they were set out.
The beauty of the market is in its brilliant cacophony of sounds and smells.
Everything presented catches your eye, and there are people everywhere!
Interestingly, there is no actual proper layout of the market. For example, one section won’t be dedicated to produce, where another may be dedicated to fabrics. Instead, you may be looking at a stand that sells fish, and right beside it you’ll find a stand selling jewelry.
Don’t forget to try some delicious eats!
The walking around also gives you a good excuse to try some of the many treats that are being sold in the market.
I personally ended up going for a pastry filled with jam!
If you’re even hungrier, restaurants and food stalls can also be found.
And if you’re wanting to get vegetables, fruits, fish, or herbs, then you’re in luck, because the market will have a plethora of those as well!
If you’re ever within Akko I highly recommend putting the market on your itinerary. It’ll give you a glimpse of what an Israeli market is like and you’ll come out of it with new insights and filled with a warming sense of joy.
Have you ever visited an outdoor market? What was it like? Let me know in the comments below!
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