The city of Acre in northern Israel offers world-class tourist attractions set in a UNESCO world heritage ancient walled city, but it’s not all old archeological sites, there’s also a very special vibe in the old city markets. In my recent visit to Jerusalem, after exploring the city as a tourist and doing all the remarkable sites, the markets provided for a good break with incredible smells, tastes, colors and sounds. It’s not merely a tourist market, most of the people there are locals and the bargain trade gets very real.
The Old City market is a great little place to check out some local produce at local prices. Watch out for some of the amazing Arab pastries in the bakeries. Your camera might work overtime here, with a plethora of sights and colors to capture. The market is perfectly safe by day, but a little more dodgy for strangers at night. Women should not walk alone there at any time. If it’s an all-woman experience, come in a group of at least three. No need to be paranoid – just smart.
and PlanetWare puts it down on a long list of great things to explore in Acre:
Akko’s souk (market place) is right in the center of the Old City and is a fun and vibrant bazaar full of fresh produce, cheap eats, buckets of spice, and souvenirs. If you’re looking for an original gift to bring home, it’s a great place to browse for textiles and bric-a-brac.
Not too far away next to the mosques there are also some great options for authentic hummus…
It’s not a big place, you can walk the whole thing in less than 10 minutes, but still… an experience.
Stop by when you’re in Acre.