Old Jaffa is one of the most attractive places to tour in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The city which has always been the entry to the ancient land of Israel is succeeding, even today, its traditional aromas and fragrances which have always characterized it: beautiful stone buildings, narrow, winding alleys, a fishermen’s port, artists’ quarter, cafes s, restaurants and shops.
In the center of the activity is the Clock Square, where can be found the Clock Tower built by the Turkish Sultan Abed-el-Hamid II in 1906. This is the traditional starting point for tours of Jaffa.
In the past the city was surrounded by a wall, and remains of it and the City Gate can be seen along Hazorfim and Pasteur Streets.
Now the time has come to continue westward and reach Old Jaffa itself. The area is situated on a high hill, overlooking the sea and Tel Aviv from the South, a beautiful, heartwarming sight. Kikar Kedumim is situated in the center of the area and the film on the history of Jaffa, at the visitors’ center is worth seeing. The alleys of Old Jaffa are named after the signs of the Zodiac and it is possible to find there artists galleries and Judaica shops, jewelry and art from top ranking artists.
On Festive days or the Sabbath, Old Jaffa is bustling with street artists, tourists and other visitors.
After a short walk you arrive at the picturesque Jaffa Port. The structure of the port retains much of its ancient history. Today it is used as an functioning fishing port and it is possible to buy fresh fish along its wharfs.
Providing an attractive sight to see. It is possible to stroll along the jetty, to climb on the sea wall and walk to its end, to deep water. There, opposite, the famous Andromeda Rock may be seen.
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