THE ANCIENT CHARM OF JAFFA AND THE PORT OF TEL AVIV
Sightseeing, Cultural, Lunch not included
A maze of alleyways, spectacular views of the coast, and art galleries, cafés and restaurants teeming with life: Jaffa, said to be the oldest town in the world, will show us how it has reinvented itself time and time again.
What we will see
- Jaffa, Tel Yafo
- Port of Tel Aviv
What we will do
- We will leave the port of Haifa and travel to Jaffa, a port city said to be the oldest city in the world. According to legend, its name is derived from Japheth, one of the sons of Noah who founded it after the Great Flood.
- From Jaffa's hill, Tel Yafo, we will enjoy spectacular views of the coast for which this city has always been considered strategically important in a military sense. Over the centuries, the town has been conquered on several occasions, firstly by the Ottomans and then the French troops, who laid siege to the town in 1799 and killed many of its inhabitants.
- It was not until the early 18th century that Jaffa began to develop as an urban centre. From 1800 to 1870, it was surrounded by walls and towers that were later demolished to allow for expansion.
- Throughout our excursion, we can admire the restoration work carried out in some areas of the old town which has changed the face of Jaffa. Today, the city is a tourist centre full of restored ancient buildings, art galleries, theatres, souvenir shops, restaurants, cafés, pedestrianised streets and sites of cultural interest. The panoramic view point in Jaffa also offers a magnificent view of the coast of Tel Aviv.
- Our guide will show us a distinctive second-hand market where we can unearth some little, well-priced treasures such as rings, clothes and old objects.
- Our excursion eventually comes to an end at the port of Tel Aviv, where we will be able to enjoy some free time.
What you need to know
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- We recommend paying for any purchases by credit card or local currency.