Riding a Bike to Jaffa
It’s easy to convince a Dutch girl to jump on a bike, wherever in the world she may be. So when the nice lady at the reception desk in our hotel in Tel Aviv mentioned bikes, I was game.
After dumping our luggage in our room, my travel buddy and I decided to take the bikes for spin along the Shlomo Lahat Promenade that runs along the Tel Aviv coastline all the way down to the old town of Jaffa. The promenade is perfect for cycling as it’s completely separate from the road that runs parallel to it. Nevertheless, it wasn’t an easy ride with temperatures shooting up to 37 degrees. But we made it to Jaffa, albeit a bit moist and somewhat red in the face.
This photo of Jaffa is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The old town of Jaffa is draped around a hill with much of its old city wall still intact. You can wander around the narrow historic streets that are lined with all kinds of artsy shops, cafes and galleries. There are some fine pieces of art exposed in some of the streets which enhances the bohemian atmosphere.
We walked around for a while, taking in the clock tower on Yefet Street and browsing the nearby flea market. We had a look at the old port and caught some fine glimpses of the Tel Aviv shoreline. We took a stroll through Summit Park where we admired some interesting art work. After all this strolling and admiring we needed a bit of breather and parked ourselves on a couple of comfy chairs at a shady outdoor café on the large Kedumim Square.
We stayed here for a good hour gathering our strength and energy before riding back to our hotel in the north of Tel Aviv, where we quickly changed into our bikinis and headed for the beach. I do like to bike around and explore new cities, but with temperatures like those in Jaffa, I love it even more to end the ride with a refreshing splash in the Med.