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  • The City of Ashkelon

    Ashkelon, the southernmost city on the Mediterranean shoreline, has recently become an attraction to both Israelis and foreign tourist. Ashkelon boasts rare archaeological sites, parks and scenery and beautiful beaches.
    The seaside town was also a significant biblical site, where Delilah cut Samson's hair to rob him of his strength. Ashkelon is thought to be the birthplace of Herod, who built monumental buildings, bath houses, elaborate fountains and large colonnades. Today Ashkelon is known as a sun-and-surf national city.

  • Story of Ashkelon

    Ashkelon is a coastal town in the southern district of Israel on the Mediterranean coast, 50 km (31 mi) south of Tel Aviv and 20 km (14 mi) south of Ashdod. The city's climate is typically Mediterranean, with long and hot summers and cool and not-too-rainy winters.
    The city was first settled more than 4000 years ago. It was ruled by the Philistines, the Israelites, the Romans, the Byzantine, the Muslims and the Crusaders, all of whom left their mark on this quaint little seaside town.

    Five Great Reasons to Visit Ashkelon:

    • Ashkelon boasts spectacular beaches along its 12 km coastline with a variety of holiday facilities and hotels. The Ashkelon Marina has a 600-vessel mooring capacity, making it one of the largest and most beautiful in Israel.

    Archeological sites - The excavations of a Byzantine church, with marble columns, capitals and mosaic floors, is open to the public. The basilica was built in the 4th century and destroyed during the Arab conquest in the 7th century. An outdoor museum houses archeological finds from the area, including two Roman sarcophagi - beautifully decorated and among the finest ever found in Israel. Other ancient artifacts on display include sculptures, columns, capitals and inscriptions.

    Ashkelon Khan and Museum - This ancient Arab wayside inn is now home to the city's history museum. There are archeological finds spanning 5,000 years of history, including a replica of Ashkelon's famous Canaanite silver calf, a significant archeological discovery that made the front page news. The Khan's Municipal Gallery showcases local artists, including new immigrants, and there are also a café and a fish restaurant.

    Hamei Yoav Spa - The complex was founded by members of Kibbutz Negba and Sde Yoav. The mineral-filled waters were discovered in the 1950s, while digging for crude oil in the area. The waters' healing powers were discovered in the mid-80s and are believed to accelerate metabolism and speed up weight loss, rejuvenate skin cells and relieve stress. Hamei Yoav offers thermal pools, the waterfall pool, hydro massages as well as a deluxe spa center.

    Ashkeluna - The city's water amusement park has water slides and pools, a cafeteria and picnic ground.
  • Ashkelon Attractions

    Ashkelon National Park, bordering a beautiful beach, boasts important relics from the city's long and turbulent history. The park holds impressive remains from Roman times, including marble and granite columns and capitals, statues of goddesses and a Roman basilica. About 60 ancient wells are also dotted throughout the park. However, the most outstanding find is from an even earlier period: a Bronze Age gate, the earliest arch in the world (circa 1800 BCE).

    Beit Guvrin – This national park is 38 km (23 mi) east of Ashkelon, below Tel Maresha. Biblical Maresha was settled in Hellenistic times (4th century BCE) by a diverse population of Sidonians, Jews and Egyptians. During the Roman period, after the fall of Maresha, the nearby town of Beit Guvrin became an important regional center. 
    Excavations here uncovered a great Roman theater and other monumental buildings. The Park's walking paths will lead you through a large number of caves used since Hellenistic times for dwelling, burial, raising pigeons, bathing, oil industry, storage and for quarrying building materials.

  • Ashkelon Restaurants

    Linda is a classic bar, just a few hundred meters from the seafront in Ashkelon. The varied menu includes many fish and meat dishes, as well as lighter fare such as salads and pastas.
    Beer Hole is an Irish pub with a great selection of brews, as well as hearty pub fare Gazpacho is a Mediterranean restaurant helmed by Chef Guy Peretz, in the Ashkelon Holiday Inn 
    And, if the culinary delights of Ashkelon are not enough, you can always drive 20 minutes north to neighboring Ashdod, where more options are available – Idi Dagim, for example, is a renowned seafood and fish restaurant

  • Best Shopping

    Ashkelon has run-of-the-mill shopping malls and a pedestrian mall in the old town center (called Migdal). However, in Moshav Ge'a, just 3 km (2 mi) outside Ashkelon, you can shop for fabulous furniture, household items, textiles and even jewelry at BaHatzer.
    For something extra special, visit Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, named after Mordechai Anilewicz, who led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The kibbutz was established in 1943, just south of Ashkelon. There's a giant statue of Anilewicz, as well as an Old Water Tower that was shelled by the Egyptians in the War of Independence. Today, the Kibbutz is one of the largest producers of honey in Israel. The Yad Mordechai Apiary is a leading natural food company, working in three main sectors - honey, olive oil and 100% fruit jams. It is one of the best known brands in Israel, and you can buy their products right here.

  • Tips and Trips

    • A tour and tasting at the Carlsberg factory in Ashkelon can be a lot of fun. There's even a state-of-the-art visitor center, with an audio-visual show and an exhibit of authentic tools found in excavations all around Israel. The factory itself is one of the most modern and impressive in the country, and in the on-site pub you can taste the products to your heart's content.

    • In springtime, don't miss the anemone in bloom in the fields of the area, near Kibbutz Be'eri, where a makeshift information kiosk is set up. This has become a main tourist attraction, that the Red South festival (Darom Adom in Hebrew) has been established - including guided tours to see the wildflowers in bloom, as well as ballooning, antique and craft fairs, concerts and other family-oriented attractions, every weekend in February-March. Drive a few kilometers south of Ashkelon, to Yad Mordechai Junction, where a makeshift information kiosk is set up.

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