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Jaffa – Old City & The Port
 
 
Hanging Tree in a Jaffa AlleyWelcome to the enchanting old city of Jaffa: picturesque stone buildings, narrow, winding alleys, a fishermen’s port, artists’ quarter, ancient churches, cafés, restaurants, colorful markets and shops.
Situated on a hill, overlooking the sea and Tel Aviv from the South, Old Jaffa has a special character to it and a rhythm of its own. Start your visit at the Clock Tower or at the Old Port and walk up to the Crest Garden (Gan Hapisga), enjoy the breathtaking view of Tel Aviv and continue through the narrow alleys to discover art galleries and Judaica shops, jewelry and art from top ranking artists. One of the interesting sites is the Ilana Goor Museum, the home of the artist, formerly a Khan (hotel), beautifully renovated and overlooks an outstanding view.
 
At the quaint Jaffa Port one can buy fresh fish, enjoy a lunch or diner of magnificent sea food and a stroll along the jetty. There is a marina at the Port and many people sail from here on pleasure trips. A variety of sea tours leave here daily to view the marvelous sight of the horizon of Tel Aviv-Jaffa from the direction of the sea.
 
From the Port it is possible to climb narrow steps to the top of the Old Jaffa Hill. At the top of the hill you will find the 17th century Franciscan Church of St. Peter. The clergy strongly claim that this is where Napoleon stayed after the capture of the city. Another important site is the house of Simon the Tanner, where according to Christian tradition the miracle of the unclean foods that became clean occurred. Not far from there is the grave of St. Tabitha, who died at a young age and was returned to life by St. Peter, who said to her’ “Tabitha Rise”.
 
Jaffa Alleyway Tip: It is recommended to walk to Jaffa along the Tel Aviv Promenade, a beautiful walk that slowly takes you back in time.
 
 Tip: Jaffa is dotted with some of the best Hummus restaurants in the country. Even if you are not a huge fan of Hummus, we strongly recommend Jaffa's Hummus as it is absolutely divine. The most famous Hummus joint in Jaffa is Abu-Hassan.
 
 Tip: The Flea market of Jaffa, situated just off the Clock square, is a beauty but not necessarily cheap.

 Free Tours in English
Every Wednesday at 9:30 am (except holidays). Meeting point: Clock Tower, Jaffa (across from the Police Station). The tour embraces the picturesque Flea Market, archeological sites, the view of Tel Aviv from the Crest Garden (Gan Hapisga), tour of the renewed alleys of Old Jaffa, etc. No need to book in advance.
 
 


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