Check out one of the oldest ports in the world!

by Michael Sax

From the ancient Bible times to modern day Israel, the Old Jaffa port carries alot of importance. Today, Israelis and tourists alike visit it and it is truly an exciting place.

History of the Old Jaffa Port

Old Jaffa Port was the ancient port of the city of Jaffa. Historians say that the Old Jaffa Port is one of the oldest ports in the world. In fact, people say that Jonah set off in the famous Biblical story of Jonah from the Jaffa Port. Its long and fascinating history as a strategic port continued until only recently when new ports were built near Tel Aviv and Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods. Today, local fishermen use the port who continue the centuries old tradition of the area.

Modern Times

In recent years, developers have made Old Jaffa Port into a cultural attraction. It is truly a sight to see. Nonetheless, it remains a working port from where fishermen head off into the Mediterranean each night.

Old structures, New designs

Many of the old hangars have been converted into versatile spaces. People use these to host art and photography exhibitions. Cultural institutions, such as the Mayumana dance sensations, are based just behind the port. Strolling through the port is fascinating, you never know what kind of exhibitions you might encounter.

The Jaffa Port Market opened in 2012 in a converted hangar at the Jaffa Port. It offers a mouth watering display of great value gourmet food. A carefully selected range of restaurants from Tel Aviv have stalls here offering everything from seafood and oysters to local delicacies such as hummus. There are also gift shops and weekly events including a Friday morning farmers market.

Walking through the Old Jaffa Port is an inspiring and tranquil experience. It is full of history, yet the modern attractions allow us to experience the port in a whole new way.

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