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Best things to do in Jaffa

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Tel Aviv and the old port city of Jaffa were united into a single municipality in 1950, and a trip to Tel Aviv would be incomplete without a visit to the city's hippest and southernmost area. Historically associated with numerous Biblical settings and tales of Napoleon's conquests, Jaffa is now populated by Jews, Christians, and Muslims and holds significant religious significance for all three religions, making Jaffa one of Tel Aviv's most diverse, colorful, tasty, fun, and fascinating neighborhoods. The following are some must-see attractions in Jaffa!

Flea Market

The Jaffa Flea Market (in Hebrew, "Shuk HaPishPishim") is one of the most popular attractions in Old Jaffa. Any visitor searching for antiques, vintage finds, deals, or simply a terrific experience must pay a visit to the Flea Market. It is located near the Clock Tower and offers the complete market experience—the noises of bartering, the aromas of the produce, the interaction with merchants, and the exciting atmosphere of buyer-seller interaction. The Jaffa Flea Market is divided into three sections: on the main street, antique furniture, carpets, and oriental ornaments are sold; in the two covered lanes, clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs are sold; and in the open market, second-hand products are sold.

The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower and St. Peter's Church in Jaffa are two must-see Ottoman-era structures. Jaffa's heart is the Clock Tower, which stands in a modest little area surrounded by eateries and small stores. It's a terrific way to take up the ambiance to sit in the square and snack on a sweet sesame bagel or a sambusaq (a fried or baked pastry with a savory filling) from Abuelafia, the Arab bakery opposite the tower. If you visit Israel in December, you may view the enormous Christmas tree illuminated each year in the square directly in front of the tower.

Jaffa Port

Jaffa Port, a revitalized culinary, retail, and entertainment destination located in the city's ancient waterfront, is home to a variety of merchants and booths offering a colorful and thrilling experience inspired by the location's historical, cultural, and, of course, culinary past. Take a wander around the picturesque harbor, observe elderly, weathered fishers hooking calamari, and stop for ice cream or some live music at the Port's Container bar. Jaffa Port Market fuses historical and ethnic characteristics with contemporary urban elements. The 1,200 square meters metered area is laid out similarly to a racing track, with one path running its length and stores, restaurants, galleries, and booths on either side. Passages peeking into open-plan kitchens present a kaleidoscope of flavors, aromas, and colors.

Catholic Church of St. Peter

This church, located in the heart of Jaffa's Old City, is devoted to Saint Peter's raising Tabitha from the grave, which is said to have occurred in Jaffa. The tower, which dates back to the sixteenth century, includes a grand vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows, and marble walls.

Whilst you are in Jaffa, dont forget to try some Palestinian Cuisine, the local favourite is Shawarma or Falafel! If you want to see a little more of the Arabic side to this part of the world, check out our West Bank Travel Guide for more information.

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