A Jaffa Photo Story

Jaffa Israel

Next to the bustling metropolis of Tel Aviv perches a timeless and beautiful city on a hill at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Old City of Jaffa.

Jaffa was the original settlement that eventually spread to current day Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv skyline

Jaffa is mentioned through the Bible, ancient Egyptian letters, Greek mythology and while the current Old City was built during the Ottoman Empire, it supports archaeological evidence of inhabitance as early as nearly 10,000 years ago.

Whether you come for the stories, the history or simply to wander around the beautiful cobbled staircases and eclectic markets, Jaffa is a must visit during your time in the Tel Aviv area.

Here are 40 of my favourite Jaffa photos:

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Boats in the Port of Jaffa

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Locals asking for a photo with me, haha

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The Ottoman clock tower

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A crowd at the Jaffa flea market

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A man selling trinkets at the flea market

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If you look closely, you can see the dust particles flying

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This trip was made possible by the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Where is your favourite “old city”?

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16 Responses to “A Jaffa Photo Story”

  1. kami
    October 18, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    great pictures! I’m heading to Israel at the end of December and now I know I can’t miss Jaffa! Looking forward to more of your posts from there to see what else I should visit 🙂
    kami recently posted..Cafe culture in Estonia

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Ah, you’ll love it! Where are you going through Israel? And how long are you there?

      • kami
        October 22, 2013 at 1:34 am #

        I’m going for two weeks but want to split this time between Israel and Jordan. But I still have to plan everything (have two more months to do that!), all I know so far is that I’m flying to/from Tel Aviv. So I’m open to any recommendations!
        kami recently posted..breathtaking autumn in Estonia

        • Seattle Dredge
          October 22, 2013 at 8:34 am #

          Ohh it will be tough to fit so much in two weeks, but possible. I hope you spend at least a couple of nights camping in the desert, in either country (I’d suggest Wadi Rum). Anything you’re looking forward to most?

  2. Sarah
    October 19, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    These photo’s are lovely! Jaffa is indeed a wonderful old city! There is something magical about old cities, which make it hard to choose a favourite! I lived several in the old city of Ghent, Belgium during several years, so I guess that’s probably the one closest to my heart!
    Sarah recently posted..Eating dog in East Timor

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      I haven’t been to Belgium at all, and would love to visit Ghent :]

  3. Susan
    October 26, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Going to Israel in January cannot wait to see the rich history and the beauty of the country. Will arrive Tel Aviv three nights before tour so give us extra time to see the city and shop.

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Awesome–you definitely have to spend at least one of the three days in Jaffa!

  4. Ross
    December 10, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Great photos. It does look like a spot I should visit when in Tel Aviv.

  5. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com
    December 12, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Great photos! I adore the processing on these 🙂 I just discovered your blog via the Hostelbookers competition! Best of luck in the travel photo awards!
    Steph | DiscoveringIce.com recently posted..Photo of the Week: Dia de las Velitas in Cali, Colombia

  6. vaibhav
    December 23, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Awesome, Great photos…
    Jaffa there is something magical about your photography and wonderful old city!

  7. vaibhav
    December 23, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Awesome, Great photos…

    There is something magical about you, your photos and old cities like this.

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