Explore Old Jaffa.
Old Jaffa a beautiful little town considered part of the greater Tel Aviv area and one of the best places to visit in Tel Aviv. I actually decided to do a 2-hours tour for free there. (if you decide to try, they have free tours with the Sandman webpage.) There are daily free walking tours of Old Jaffa that depart at 11 am and 2:00 pm from the Clock Tower. You will be asked to leave a tip for the tour, as nothing is actually free in Israel, but you can leave what you find appropriate. I did sew people who left as soon as the tour asked for tips, though. I did thought it was a bit rude as the woman who did the tour was very nice, given us a lot of info and also funny.
So we started walking through the narrow streets of Jaffa, passing by the Clock Tower, the Flea Market, the Wishing Bridge, Andromeda’s Rock and Al-Bahr Mosque. And we ended up in Jaffa Port, where we joined in the crowds inside Old. Jaffa.
Old Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv (whose city by the way, is a UNESCO site)
Jews, Christians and Muslims living in harmony in a small district of Tel Aviv.
Jaffa (yaffo in Hebrew) is about 3,500 years old. Ancient Egypt ruled Jaffa around 1500 B.C. then it kept changing hands – ruled by Philistines, Israelites, Moslems, Mamluks, Crusaders, Ottomans, British, Israel. Jaffa is mentioned in the Bible – as the port to where Jonah fled fearing the wreath of God. Napoleon put a siege around the walls of the town, conquered it and his soldiers conducted a bloody massacre there. Later the walls came down.
Today Old Jaffa is part of Tel Aviv. It has been reconstructed but still remains an ancient, charming place. It includes a fishermen’s port , exotic allies and antique buildings, lots of art galleries and shops of antiquities, great restaurants (I was surprised to find a Bulgarian restaurant there, until the tour guide actually said that Bulgarians re constructed the fishermen’s port.), a very interesting Flea Market, the wonderful St. Peter church and last, but not least – a great view of Tel Aviv and the shores of the Mediterranean.