Jaffa is a port city/town and as such one of the oldest in the world. Also known as Jopha. The port continued to be important through history, and served as the main entry point to the land of Israel until the late 19th century. When Jews from around the world began to return to Israel, it was through Jaffa that they entered the country and in Jaffa that many initially settled. The huge population increase led to overcrowding, and tense relations developed between the Jewish and Arab residents of the city. The result was that Jews began building outside of Jaffa, and so the city of Tel Aviv was built. As Tel Aviv developed, Jaffa stagnated. By the 1940’s Tel Aviv was so much larger than Jaffa, then dominantly Arab as most Jews had moved out, that it was made into a neighborhood of Tel Aviv to create the official title as the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
This park is from where one can start walking a promenade, or enjoy views of modern Tel-Aviv and its glitzy shorefront. There is also a theatre, with an open-air option. The promenade follows an old road crossing the hill, below which the harbour lies. That hill is built-up to the extreme - I will try and show some of it.