Old Jaffa Port lies to the south of Tel Aviv in Israel and is the historical section of the city, with a history spanning back for 4000 years. The Old City has partly been renovated and restored to become a tourist attraction and is a great place to wander through and learn some of the history of the city.
In the Bible, Jaffa is referred to as Joppa and is the place where the cedars of Lebanon were brought in for the building of the first and second temples in Jerusalem. It is also the site of Simon the Tanner’s house, where Peter had his famous vision about clean and unclean foods (Acts 10).
Jaffa can be found by walking south along the seaside promenade in Tel Aviv until reaching the port. In the side of the hill is a mysterious staircase with a sign that leads in to the old city. Such a fun way to explore! Alternatively, arrive from Nahum Goldman St to see the clock tower and experience the flea market before wandering up the hill to the old city.
Jaffa is identified by the iconic sand coloured blocks that cover not only the buildings but many pathways. Juxtaposed by green palms and the clear blue sky, it is a unique and delightful place to explore. Today the quiet paths are lined with galleries and small shops. Its also a great place to look out on the city of Tel Aviv.
On the other side of the hill are the famous Jaffa flea markets that have been running in the same place for over 100 years! There are many treasures to be found here from antiques, Jewish paraphernalia, souvenirs, clothing and more. The area also has a few stylish cafes so you can make a day out of your visit.