The Tel-Aviv Harbor was born out of a dire need to be able to import and export during the Arab Revolt in 1936. Then other harbors took its place: Tel Aviv never had the right natural conditions for a modern harbor.
After years of neglect, the old Tel Aviv Harbor area has been developed into one of the "in" entertainment and shopping areas of Tel Aviv. A northern extension of the Tel-Aviv promenade leads to the harbor grounds. Restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors and fashion shop now occupy the renovated old warehouses. It's a great place to walk, dine, people-watch or even go fishing on the old pier. In the farmer's market you can find all kinds of delicatessen and specialty foods. Part of the boardwalk has been laid out in gently curving surfaces resembling miniature sand dunes, where kids love to skateboard.
There is something here for everyone: adults and children, locals and tourists. This is one of my favorite places in Tel-Aviv!
The Port of Jaffa claims to be the oldest in the world and according to legend was founded by Japhet, son of Noah, captain of one of the more famous arks in history. Pharaohs, Caesars, and Kings, all realized the military importance of the area and each conquered it in order to gain control over the Land of Israel. For centuries, control of the area passed from one kingdom to another until Jaffa reaches the Crusader Period (1099-approx 1300) when the port is largely abandoned.
This place has really changed in the past few months. Last night (that's why the photos are so dark), my boyfriend and I decided to go for a walk there. It was just a 20 minute walk for us. At the entrance is a large round traffic circle full of flowers.
Since my last visit even more restaurants have been added, as well as shop outlets. There is a flower shop, olive-oil, clothes shop etc. Places of entertainment here also. Lots of parking. Strong security.
Whilst we were there a band performed and when they took a break we heard three people perform karaoke, and they were all very good. Also activities for children . This area is being renewed while keeping its authentic feeling,
On the upper level above the shops is a wood promenade, and we stood up there listening to the waves banging against the sea wall. From this level we also watched the band. The lights from the shops lit up the sea.
The next time I write about this place, I am sure there will be much more to tell, as another section will be opened soon.
There are great plans for this area and it's going to be a real 'in place'.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 6pm-12pm
Friday noon-8pm, Saturday noon-12pm
Worth a visit.
The Old Jaffa Harbour looks small and unimportant. But this is the oldest active harbour in the world!
Walk to Andromeda's Rock to have agreat lookoff view onto the harbour.
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