The ancient port city of Jaffa, perched on top of a hill, has been overlooking the Mediterranean for thousands of years. It is believed that it is named after one of Noah’s sons, Japhet, who founded the city after the flood. As one of the world’s oldest ports, Jaffa has a long history and was once the main entry point of Israel. Today the port is teeming with life, lined with restaurants, organic coffee shops, bars, and hip galleries – it is a wonderful mix of old and new!
We visited the old city after an outstanding meal at Manta Ray – an amazing beach front restaurant from where we already had fantastic views of Jaffa in the distance! We actually walked all the way from Tel Aviv to Jaffa which is a beautiful long walk along the coast. One of the first things we encountered was the buzzing port promenade with its many colourful bars and restaurants.
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Jaffa has a vibrant multiethnic community of Christians, Muslims and Jews. Al-Bahr Mosque, overlooking the Jaffa seashore has been used by fishermen and sailors due to its close proximity to the harbour.
The old city of Jaffa has a charming old worldly feel to it with its winding alleyways, stone buildings and courtyards. We enjoyed walking around without knowing where we are going – discovering cute boutique and craft shops, picturesque gardens, squares and views of the surrounding areas from different perspectives!
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What I most loved about Jaffa was its lively art scene – the town is lined with artist galleries and street art is all around to be admired by wandering passers-by.
Adding to its cultural vibe were the tunes of this very talented street musician!
Off Kedumim Square, which we reached after walking up countless stairs from the port below, is the Church of St. Peter – one of Jaffa’s landmarks. Overlooking the picturesque fishing port it was a lovely sight to look at before we embarked on our journey back to Tel Aviv.