Jaffa, a municipality in the south of Tel Aviv, Israel, has one of the world’s oldest ports. Once known as the “Bride of the Sea” because of its location along the Mediterranean, it’s been in constant use for at least 7,000 years.
Jaffa is a natural harbor that has held great military and monetary significance since its inception, with a broad view of the coastline that allowed for easy departure and defense. The Egyptians even controlled the area for quite some time.
The Bible speaks of Jaffa many times, first in Joshua 19:46. It was the port used by Solomon to build the Temple (2 Chronicles 2:16) and where Jonah left for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3).
In the New Testament, Tabitha (Dorcas) was brought back to life by Peter in Joppa (Acts 9:36). Soon after, God gave Peter the vision of the unclean animals and commanded him to preach the Gospel to Gentiles and Jews alike (Acts 11:4-17).
Today it still operates as a port, with fishermen embarking for their daily catch, but now they share space with tour boats, yachts and even a few houseboats.
Art galleries, a theater, a cafe and several restaurants are popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. So, too, is a gelato shop and gaming facility. The country’s most high-profile 24-hour news channel, i24NEWS, even calls the port home.
On the weekends, there are concerts to be seen and heard and a large market to be shopped at this Mediterranean seaside port.
And then, of course, there are the beautiful seaside views witnessed both from the port itself or, a little further south, from Midron Park, a new addition to the area. With its elevated position along the coastline, it makes for the perfect dusk destination.
Originally posted at From the Grapevine.