Wander the narrow, winding streets of this ancient port district and shop in its flea market where you will find almost anything and everything for sale.
Originally a city in its own right, Jaffa stood well before Tel Aviv was built. Although Jaffa fell into decay in the 20th century, its old-fashioned charms have since been recognized. Restoration of this area has been ongoing since the 1990s, with the waterfront area near the port being a key regeneration area. Visit its cafés and restaurants offering exceptional seafood, among other specialties. Settle in for a long afternoon drink and enjoys views of the ocean, as well as modern Tel Aviv.
In the late 19th century, as people immigrated to Israel and the population increased, Tel Aviv was created. Today Jaffa is considered a district of Tel Aviv, which is now its much larger, shinier cousin. Find a hint of the connection in the city’s official title, Tel Aviv-Yafo, with “Yafo” being the Hebrew name for Jaffa.
The area has some exceptional Arabic architecture. A must-see, as well as a handy navigation aid, is the iconic Jaffa Clock Tower. Enjoy views of it as you experience the hustle and bustle of Clock Tower Square. The area also has many ancient mosques, including Al-Bahr Mosque, built in the 16th century and Mahmoudiya Mosque built in the early 19th century. It is a popular spot for pilgrims.
Get a taste of the authentic Israel by visiting the Jaffa Flea Market. It has been running for over 100 years and is a great place to soak up some culture. Make sure you taste the hummus, reputed to be some of the best in Tel Aviv. The area has a bohemian feel, with galleries and studios lining the narrow streets. Take the opportunity to pick up some unique souvenirs, including antique and craft items.
Jaffa is located at the southern end of Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coast. Reach it by following the promenade from downtown, or simply hop on a number 46 bus from the main station. When you arrive, head to the Old Jaffa Visitors Centre where you can find out about the history of the city and join a tour.