Jaffa is an ancient port city in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. It is famous for its fishing port, markets, restaurants, and shopping centers making it one of the popular Israel destinations. The Jaffa Flea Market, in particular, attracts a lot of tourists with its wide selection of unique and interesting products that showcase the Israeli art and culture which are also excellent souvenir items. Jaffa also has biblical references, the place where the Prophet Jonah is said to embark for Tarnish and the port of entry for the Cedars of Lebanon to be used for the construction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Jaffa offers a mixture of the old and the new making it a popular tourist attraction. Let’s check out the popular places to go in Jaffa below.
Jaffa Flea Market
The Jaffa Flea Market alone by itself is one of the popular Israel destinations for the crafts and products sold in the market. It is perfect for people that like to shop. The Jaffa Flea Market offers a wide selection of stuff from treasures to junk and other stuff in between. You can find many interesting and unique products that showcase the diversity of cultures present in Israel such as Persian tiles, Indian clothing, a variety of jewelry and more. The Jaffa Flea Market is also packed with cafes and restaurants as well.
The Jaffa Port is an old port on the Mediterranean Sea which is a popular destination for its fishing and yacht harbor that dates back in the 18th century. Restaurants in the area offer a taste of the fresh catch from the Mediterranean Sea. The Jaffa Light, a lighthouse, is also located near the Jaffa Port and another popular tourist destination.
Jaffa Clock Tower
One of the priced architectures in the city, an old limestone clock tower built in 1903 to honor one of the last sultans of the Ottoman Empire – Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. It is one of the seven clock towers erected across Israel in 1900s. The Jaffa Clock Tower’s colorful mosaic windows were installed in 1966.
Ilana Goor Museum
The Ilana Goor Museum is located in the historical area of Jaffa. Before it became a museum, it is the residence of Ilana Goor, a designer, artist, and sculptor. The museum features over 500 works of art which are either created by Ilana Goor or collected by her during her travels. You can check out the Ilana Goor Museum website for more information. Entrance fee to the museum is 75 NIS per family of up to five individuals.
Old Jaffa Museum
The Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities features a selection of archeological artifacts, fine arts and more. The museum itself is on the Old Saraya House, an Ottoman house built in the 18th century as a hostel for “Old Saray”, an Ottoman Khan. The house is part of the Ottoman Crusader fortress. Entrance fee to the Old Jaffa Museum is 25-30 NIS.
Visit the ancient port city of Jaffa when you travel to Israel. Shop and dine at the Jaffa Flea Market for a unique cultural immersion and know why Jaffa is one of the popular Israel destinations for tourists and travelers. Contact us to book your trip to Israel to visit the Jaffa and more.