I have the privilege of calling The Tel Aviv Port ( "The Namal") my second home. My Wix office sits literally ten metres from the wavy, wood-plank boardwalk that has become synonymous with Tel Aviv's internationally renowned beachfront.
When it's your home (or office), you often know less about the place than the tourists roaming around it. In the midst of Zoom calls and webinars, the Namal may as well be hundreds of miles away. But take a minute to explore, and it quickly becomes evident what rich a history is hiding in plain site.
A large part of the Port's rich history dates back to Israel's pre-State days, when the Jaffa port was off limit to Jews, and an alternative was needed, and built. It served as a landing ground for immigrants, hosted the famed Levant Fair, the first Maccabiah Games, and many other special events.
During its years of abandonment it was the back alley of Tel Aviv, decayed and dilapidated until the early 2000s, when its restoration was carried out. Today, it is arguably the second most touristed place in Israel, after the Kotel.
But an even more interesting history lies in the details of the Namal and its surroundings, like Tel Qudadi (8th century BCE), the Wokopp Bridge, and much more.
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