As one of the world’s most archaic ports, Old Jaffa is brimming with history. It’s Tel Aviv’s oldest district and is recognised as the birthplace of the city. Sunsets are spectacular, while bargain hunters shouldn’t miss the infamous Jaffa flea market, which is overflowing with treasures.
Over the past decade, the narrow streets and ancient buildings of Old Jaffa have been revitalised into a popular destination. Today, they’re peppered with chic cafes, concept restaurants and independent boutiques, and are considered a vital part of Tel Aviv’s vibrant urban tapestry.
By far, the best way to experience the allure of Old Jaffa is to explore the district by foot. The area is located to the south of Tel Aviv. From the Train Station Center, the trip to Old Jaffa takes just 25 minutes. HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s Old Railway station is just a short walk up the Mediterranean Coast, with plenty of cafes to stop at along the way.
While today Old Jaffa is stylish and modern, its roots are ancient. It’s intrinsically linked to the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter, as well as the story of Andromeda and Perseus derived from Greek mythology. For a fascinating glimpse at Old Jaffa’s past, a visit to the Jaffa Museum of Antiquities is a must.
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