Jaffa Old City, Jaffa

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Walk through the ancient stone arches and alleyways of Jaffa Old City for a taste of hybrid Jewish and Arab culture. The city, inhabited as early as 7,500 BCE, served as an ancient port town. Because of its strategic position--you can see views of nearby Tel Aviv from the harbor--the settlement changed hands dozens of times over the centuries. Ancient Egyptians, Philistines, Israelites, Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines all laid claim to the area at some point, followed by the Ottoman and British Empires, whose architectural legacy remains visible throughout the city. At night, stalls in the town's open markets turn into restaurants that spill out onto the sidewalks and alleys. To visit Jaffa Old City on your trip to Tel Aviv, use our Tel Aviv itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    This place is amazing with all these old buildings, little boutique shops that look more like art galleries, narrow streets, clear water fountains. It's small, but it's so much fun to explore, I can c...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    The only historic district that exudes the Middle East of the city of Tel Aviv, the ancient port city of Islamic mold, this gem has preserved all its exotic charm with its narrow stone streets and port embedded in the rock. In addition it has to offer the world famous flea market where you can enjoy an excellent Malabi (typical), at night the neighborhood completely changes life becoming a heap of cool and trendy restaurants packed local young people and foreigners, that is, a paradise.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Jaffa is an obligation in tourism in the area of Tel Aviv, an incredible exhibition of yesteryear, his designs and buildings date back to many years ago, next to the Mediterranean Sea
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Dedicated to beach culture, Tel Aviv features many mid-range hotels facing the sea. Look for accommodations here if you plan to spend much of your time in or near the water. For easier access to top cultural attractions, opt for boutique establishments in the southern section of the city center, where you'll also find numerous restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, stylish options in Jaffa (the port area) provide access to the city's Arab heritage and a chance to discover a vibrant street life and numerous markets.
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