Tour of Jaffa: Where Ancient History Meets Modern Charm
Nestled along the Mediterranean coastline, Jaffa seamlessly blends ancient history with contemporary charm. Adjacent to Tel-Aviv, this city offers a captivating blend of historical landmarks, cobbled alleys, and vibrant markets.
History of Jaffa
Perched on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, and having a port, it is no wonder that Jaffa attracted humans from the dawn of history. The city was inhabited continuously since Canaanite times and had a significant role in the bible.
Jaffa in the Bible
The Bible records Jaffa as the port-of-entry of Cedars from Lebanon for both king Solomon’s Temple (2 Chronicls 2:15) and during Ezra’s era (Ezra 3:7). The Book of Jonah recounts God commanding the prophet to go to Nineveh, yet in Jaffa he boards a boat headed to Tarshish instead (Jonah 1:3). Later, the New Testament documents an angel instructing Peter in to eat unclean animals and share the Gospel with non-Jews while he is in Jaffa (Acts 10). This pivotal event led to the final split between Christianity and Judaism.
Medieval and Modern Chronicles
In the Middle Ages the Crusaders and the Muslims battled over Jaffa, and later Napoleon and the Ottomans clashed in the city. At the end of the 1948 Israeli-Arab war Jaffa became part of the state of Israel. It then evolved into a quaint artists’ colony next to Bustling Tel-Aviv.
Start your journey at the Ramesses II’s Gate Garden where Jaffa’s oldest discoveries are on display. Stroll through Jaffa’s cobblestone alleyways and explore its art galleries and vintage shops. Pause at the House of Simon the Tanner to reflect on the impact of Peter’s Vision. Continue to the old port where fisherman showcase their daily catch. This is also a perfect spot for a coffee break with sea views. Next, venture into the lively Jaffa Flea Market, a bustling bazaar offering vintage treasures and local crafts. Its vibrant atmosphere is a perfect sport for souvenir shopping and a delightful lunch. Conclude with a stroll around the iconic Clock tower which marked the city’s center in Ottoman times.