Jaffa Old City, Jaffa

4.7
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. Arrange your visit to Jaffa Old City and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tel Aviv using our Tel Aviv sightseeing planning site .
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  • It's fun but small. A lovely walk in the morning from the hotel strip along the sea to Jaffa. I do not like the area with all the shops but the small old town is good walk around if you can catch it.....  more »
  • On a sunny, winter's day we loved exploring the old city of Jaffa. So many sights to explore down every stone path and ancient stair case. Hard to imagine the people who have walked these famous...  more »
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