This ancient Mediterranean city has a Miami vibe
Book your flight to the seaside Israeli town of Jaffa, which has gotten a modern makeover.
The seaside getaway of Jaffa, Israel, offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Its close proximity to the vibrant Tel Aviv has turned this locale from an ancient port city to a modern metropolis with nightlife that looks like something you'd seen in Miami, as you can see in the video above.
Its vibe has caught the attention of CNN's Travel editors who recently named the city to its list of 19 places to visit in 2019. They take particular note of its vast array of shops, high-end hotels and mouth-watering restaurants.
Below, we take a look at a few other things that make Jaffa special.
Jaffa has one of the world's oldest ports as it's been in constant use for at least 7,000 years.
It's famous for its oranges.
With its thick peel and oval shape, the seedless Jaffa orange is one of the most popular exported fruits from the Mediterranean.
And its cake.
Jaffa cakes were introduced in Britain in 1927 after the famous orange. Available in different shapes and sizes, they usually consist of sponge cake, orange-flavored jelly and chocolate.
It's in vogue ... literally.
Vogue magazine recently wrote of the city: "A stroll through Jaffa is a journey that takes you through arched alleys that start and stop suddenly, past golden stone buildings bathed in sun and hidden in shadow, through streets with signs marked with zodiac symbols. It’s a mix of weirdness and intrigue that’s befitting of a 4,000-plus-year-old port city that’s starting to really register on must-travel lists."
It has a vibrant beach life.
It's the perfect spot to take an Instagrammable photo.
Jaffa's rocky coast at sunset. (Photo: Cristian Kirshbom/Flickr)
Want more? Check out our 17-minute Facebook Live tour of Jaffa.
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