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Jaffa

Ottoman Clock Tower © Ian McKellar
Ottoman Clock Tower © Ian McKellar

The historical port city of Jaffa is within walking distance of Tel Aviv. Its inhabitants have included notable biblical figures, and its name is said to come from Japhet, who was Noah's son. Archaeological finds show that Jaffa existed as a port city thousands of years ago, serving both Egyptian and Phoenician sailors on their sea voyages.

The Old Town's entrance is marked by the Ottoman Clock Tower, a prominent landmark and meeting point. From a visitor's perspective, the area's main draw is its ancient and magical atmosphere.

Jaffa has, indeed, become a popular tourist attraction filled with interesting shops, Mediterranean-style restaurants and sun-drenched cafes. Visitors will find studios, galleries and artist quarters, as well as shops specialising in Judaica and archaeology. There are also some splendid markets, where vendors expect to haggle. At night, the historical walls are illuminated, revealing a beautiful, seaside architectural backdrop.

History lovers should visit the Jaffa Museum, which contains a dazzling collection of artefacts.