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15.01.2013

 

GoSee trip recommendation: Jaffa, home of the Jaffa orange and Jaffa doll, located on the Tel Aviv promenade as well as an elegant lunge to Neve Tzedek

If you have always wondered what’s on the other side of the western developed Mediterranean Sea, you should start your exploration trip in Tel Aviv. And if you decide to go there, don’t forget to go to Jaffa.

Jaffa is the first settlement and much older than late bloomer Tel Aviv. The seaport is huddled against the picturesque mountain and looks like a pirate town made in Hollywood. In reality the original inhabitants were Arabic, but now that the village is becoming increasingly popular there are also many Israelis and tourists to be found there.

There are many nations mentioned in the history of the mountain. The Egyptians under Pharao Thutmose III were an occupying force there in 1400 BC. The great Saladin conquered Jaffa in 1187, but Richard Löwenherz took it off his hands in 1191. It was the Arabs turn in 1268 until it was completely destroyed in the 14th century, for fear of new crusade shenanigans.

The holy tourism started in the 17th century. Christians on their way to Jerusalem were grateful for shelter, even though the Mussulmen were now in charge since Ottoman Sultan Selim I. claimed the place for himself in 1515.

The 7th of March 1799 was a dubious Christian highlight: Napoleon came, saw – and killed thousands of Muslims. That’s what it was like in those days. Thanks to whomever – Jaffa is now on the best way to becoming a hotspot for creatives.

The lively flea market near the port is worth a visit any time of the day. In the daytime they are selling junk next to chic boutiques, later on there are restaurants next to bars. Very picturesque and affordable. The young art scene seems to be taking over the actual harbour. Even though – or maybe because – it’s the exact opposite of the newly developed Tel Aviv City Port area that is all about pure commerce.

Galleries, arts and crafts shops and gastronomies have already infiltrated Jaffa’s old town centre. Here you can also find the floating Jaffa orange sculpture – which we couldn’t resist snapping for you. There’s even a Bauhaus store at the foot of the village park on a strategically located hill. The main attraction of the park is the wish bridge, which is, unfortunately, currently out of order. No, it’s nothing political; time just took its toll.

We also discovered the Jaffa Doll at the Bauhaus shop, it’s a project for which Israeli and Arabic women literally work hand in hand. Of course we documented it all and uploaded the pictures for you here on GoSee. Click on the link to find out more about the project: www.arous-elbahar.org

Hotels are still quite rare in Jaffa, though you can of course find all the big chains next door in Tel Aviv. But if you don’t want to book an apartment on the usual sites, we have a hostel with backpacker flair for you: Old Hostel Jaffa. We checked it out and took some pictures. Have a look for yourself, we really liked it.

Apart from that, Tel Aviv is really only a stone’s throw away, just stroll down Tel Aviv promenade, you can’t get lost. On the right side you’ll see STATION, a new shopping, boutique and outlet development, built in a disused train station and certainly worth a quick visit.

When you reach the promenade you will pass Museum Etzel House. You can then decide if you want to go round the corner to the beach or visit the interesting and exciting Neve Tzedek quarter.

In this quarter Tel Aviv seems the most European. Little boutiques, great restaurants … Our two restaurant recommendations are both located on Shabazi street: Suzanna and the slightly more upscale Dallal. As a beach bar we like Fortuna Del Mar, but really just for the bar. You can see some photos here on GoSee.

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GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

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GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

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GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

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GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Old Jaffa Hostel, Israel

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Tel Aviv Promenade

GOSEE : Restaurant Suzanna

GOSEE : Restaurant Suzanna

GOSEE : Restaurant Suzanna

GOSEE : Restaurant Suzanna

GOSEE : Restaurant Suzanna

GOSEE : Restaurant Suzanna

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

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GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

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GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE : Neve Tzedek

GOSEE :  Restaurant Dallal

GOSEE : Restaurant Dallal

GOSEE :  Restaurant Dallal

GOSEE : Restaurant Dallal

GOSEE :  Restaurant Dallal

GOSEE : Restaurant Dallal

GOSEE : Tel Aviv

GOSEE : Tel Aviv

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GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town

GOSEE : Jaffa Old Town