The Old Port City of Jaffa in Photos

If I had to pick the most scenic place I visited during my time in Israel, I would choose Jaffa.

This ancient city sits on a little outcrop along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and while it is surrounded by the modernity of Tel Aviv, Jaffa is a place that is very much frozen in time.

It’s a place of sturdy limestone walls and blue shutters, arched doorways and hidden alcoves, sloping alleys and winding staircases. It’s difficult to get lost here since the city is so small, but for a few brief moments it does feel like you’ve set foot in a complete different world.

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the place:

The architecture of Jaffa (Yafo), Israel.

Blue window shutters and blue skies in Jaffa.

An intricate doorway in Jaffa.

A hidden alcove in Jaffa, Israel.

Turquoise window treatment in Jaffa.

Sign pointing to Jaffa's port.

An empty alley in Jaffa (Yafo), Israel.

Doorways and verandas in Jaffa.

Another hidden alcove down an alleyway in Jaffa.

The House of Simon in Jaffa, Israel.

Yellow doorway with matching windows in Jaffa.

Coral flowers growing on the wall.

The ancient walls of Jaffa.

Gated doors in Jaffa.

What’s your favourite city to get lost in?


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  1. says: Vid

    Hey Audrey,

    Our favourite city to get lost in has to be Rome. I know I know, it’s a huge city so one inevitably gets lost, but in Rome we loved how we stumbled upon intricately carved statues and historically significant buildings 🙂

    Jaffa does look quaint and cute – bookmarked for the next trip 🙂


    1. says: Audrey

      I bet Rome is amazing. I haven’t had the chance to travel there yet, but I’m sure I too could spend days wandering around and getting lost in it all.

  2. says: Beth

    All that ornate detail is beautiful on the doors and windows. Although I plan to someday visit Tel Aviv, I think I’d much prefer Jaffa!

    Older cities are just more fascinating. 🙂

    1. says: Audrey

      Hi Renuka, I highly recommend visiting if you make it to Tel Aviv. Jaffa is so small that you can easily cover it in a day. 🙂

  3. says: Jackie D

    I LOVED Jaffa. I have that same picture of the “To the Port” sign. I’m not sure which city is my favorite to wander around, but it would probably be somewhere in France! Give me a French town and a chocolate croissant and I’m pretty much good to go.

  4. says: Shaz

    Looks like somewhere I could stay a while, I love old building and bright colours 🙂 Beautiful photos, I’ll have to visit someday.

  5. says: Rashad Pharaon

    Small towns like Jaffa always make me fantasize about moving there, becoming a local and knowing everyone by name. Very much like the opening scene in “Beauty and the Beast.”

  6. says: Dennis Kopp

    Those are really great photos of a calm and peaceful, almost deserted looking city. The whole of Jaffa appears to be almost like a real life history museum, set in limestone and framed by casually opened blue shutters. I love especially the shot of the fake rusty window mirroring the fake blue window…

    Thanks for the inspiration and I will make sure to remember visiting Jaffa when in close by Tel Aviv…

  7. says: Maria

    Todas las ciudades y pueblos del mundo, porque es chica, porque es grande, porque es colorida, porque tiene piedras, porque tiene puentes, porque hay lanchas, porque es vieja, porque es cantarina, porque tiene mucha historia, etc, etc, etc, las razones son infinitas.
    Ahora, estoy recorriendo Israel para catalogar fotos recibidas, ( desde ayer estoy en Jaffa), y es absolutamente fascinante. Gracias, espero po

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