Old Jaffa

Glittering Mediterranean waters reflect ancient archaeology in this famous portside neighborhood.

Sandstone alleyways wind past unexpected archaeological sites and undiscovered art galleries in Old Jaffa. This neighborhood's ancient streets weave through tight knit communities, anchored by the area's many synagogues, mosques, and churches.

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On the Map

Old Jaffa is bordered by Florentin, Jaffa, and Ajami

Ben Gurion International Airport 18 minutes by car
Tel Aviv Port 15 minutes by car
Yarkon Park 17 minutes by car
Rothschild Boulevard 10 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Difficult

Ancient Alleys and Hidden Treasures

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Old Jaffa's narrow cobblestone streets conceal opulent galleries between sandstone walls.

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Old Jaffa is the definition of labyrinthine.

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With a little sleuthing, you'll find them.

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Church towers pierce the cloudless sky.

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Minarets echo with calls to prayer.

The Beach at Old Jaffa

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Young daredevils dive off ancient piers.

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Old Jaffa's waves tempt casual strollers to abandon errands and dip their toes in.

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Even from here, the water looks refreshing.

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You know you want in.

Kikar Kedumim and Gan Hapisga

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Tourists snap photos and browse artifacts at Kikar Kedumim, the area's central square.

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Visitors in bridal gowns and board shorts share its sandstone steps.

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The view from Gan Hapisga park is one of the best in the city.

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Take in the new city from where it all started.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

David Vaaknin

David is an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in environmental portraiture, reportage, landscape, travel and lifestyle photography, currently based in Jerusalem, Israel. http://dvphotonet.com/