About the City of Jaffa and its HistoryJaffa is one of the oldest cities in the world, and especially in the Middle East. It is referenced in many places, from Papyrus in Egypt, to Greek Mythology, in Jewish texts like the book of Jonah and in Christianity as well. There are not many cities in the world that were conquered, destroyed, and rebuilt, quiet like Jaffa.
Today it is known as the south pearl of Tel Aviv. It has a lot of offer, starting from the ancient Jaffa ruins, to the Jaffa port with its fisherman and restaurants and popular shopping in the most famous flea market in Israel. There is no place like Jaffa at night, so says a famous song, and it is great to wander around during the day too, or to sit for a seafood meal in the Middle Eastern sunset, or visiting the ancient homes.
Jaffa's establishment is attributed to Yefet, the son of Noah. Ancient documents and excavations have taught the researchers that Jaffa served as a port city four thousand years ago. It then served the Phoenician and Egyptian sailors in their sea voyages. Even after that Jaffa did not stop being a central and important port city. It was inhabited by so many peoples, from the Phoenicians, through the Romans, the Mamelukes in the Baybars era, through Napoleon who brutally massacred its inhabitants and the Ottomans, headed by Muhammad Abu Nabbut. They built the old Jaffa you see around and the clock tower and paved Jerusalem Boulevard at the beginning of the 20th century.
The origin of the name "Jaffa" is from the Sidonian language, which means beautiful.
The port of Jaffa was the gateway to many of the immigrants to the State of Israel. In 1965 it ceased to function as a commercial port and became a fishing port and marina for boats and yachts, becoming the picturesque port of today, with the restaurants and cafés and the breeze from the sea.