With its sea views, wind chimes, outdoor cafés, galleries and laid-back atmosphere, Old Jaffa is something of a mini-holiday getaway for Tel Avivans. But it wasn’t always so. For around 4000 years, while Tel Aviv was nothing more than sand dunes, it was Jaffa that stood as one of the great ports of the Mediterranean Sea. Jaffa’s small harbour doesn’t get much seafaring traffic these days, but the predominately Arab town does haul in its share of tourists, especially Israelis coming here for a weekend brunch. It’s a great little town for strolling and you can stop in at neighbourhood restaurants for a masbacha (chickpeas in warm hummus-tahini sauce) or join a crowd of locals as they casually puff away on their nargileh (water pipe).
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Perched at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries and the spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel remains a must-visit destination for anyone eager to understand this dynamic, always-changing region.