The city of Akka (also commonly spelled as Akko 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, Akka very naturally was able to become a harbor for Israel — helping it become one of the oldest cities of the world (continuously inhabited since the Middle Bronze Age around 4000 years ago!).
As a result, Akka 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 (streets that really have no rhyme or reason in the order in which they are set out) to find the market.
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 or shoes.
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 Akka or its surroundings, and have the chance to visit this beautiful market, I would highly recommend it. You’ll not only be able to glimpse what an Israeli market is like, but you’ll also come out of it with new insights and filled with a warming sense of joy.