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This ancient city located just south of Tel Aviv can trace its roots back to the Bible. Jaffa is said to have been named for Noah's son, Japhet, who constructed the beautiful city walls and winding corridors after the Flood. And it is from here that Jonah embarked on his adventure with the whale. This once thriving port has played host to the Roman and the Ottoman civilizations. Steeping the area even further in lore, Saint Peter performed miracles here, and Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon both laid claim to it. Jaffa is also the city from where the founders of Tel Aviv originated.
Previous visitors describe walking through Jaffa as similar to strolling back in history. Beautiful views of and stone buildings delight travelers who make the trek. Except now, the interiors of these ancient buildings have been transformed into art galleries and cafes. Throughout the city, narrow alleyways funnel you past jewelry-makers and fruit vendors into the primary square, where a thriving flea market sells everything from antiques to regional snacks.
Jaffa is located about 2 miles south of downtown Tel Aviv. You can visit Jaffa at any time, day or night. It can be reached via bus Nos. 1, 25, 41 and 83. You can visit Jaffa at any time, day or night. While you don't have to pay to wander, you may want to have some shekels on hand should something in the market or the galleries strike your fancy. For more information, visit the Ministry of Tourism website.
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