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Ashdod, Israel

Ashdod is a city on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, halfway between Tel Aviv and Gaza. One of Israel's two industrial ports is located here. It is Israel's busiest port, with 60% of all imports and exports passing through it.

Ashdod has a long history, and was inhabited in the times of the Bible by the Philistines. When the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites, they brought it here before being forced to return it. However, few traces remains nowadays of the ancient city.

Modern Ashdod is known for its diverse population, with each wave of Jewish immigration represented. Jews from former Soviet Union makes up roughly a third of total 235,000 residents. The city is also home to large numbers of Moroccan, Georgian, Ethiopian and recently, French and Argentinian Jews. It also has the third largest charedi (ultra-Orthodox) religious population... Read more

Ashdod, Israel

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Ashdod is a city on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, halfway between Tel Aviv and Gaza. One of Israel's two industrial ports is located here. It is Israel's busiest port, with 60% of all imports and exports passing through it.

Ashdod has a long history, and was inhabited in the times of the Bible by the Philistines. When the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites, they brought it here before being forced to return it. However, few traces remains nowadays of the ancient city.

Modern Ashdod is known for its diverse population, with each wave of Jewish immigration represented. Jews from former Soviet Union makes up roughly a third of total 235,000 residents. The city is also home to large numbers of Moroccan, Georgian, Ethiopian and recently, French and Argentinian Jews. It also has the third largest charedi (ultra-Orthodox) religious population in Israel, after

Jerusalem

and Bnei Brak.
​Ashdod is on the meeting point of the yellow sand dunes from the south, the green lowland from the east (including the small Lachish river), and the blue Mediterranean Sea from the west. Therefore you can find a surprising diversity of natural sights in one city.
The city is a young one, re-founded 50 years ago and grown dramatically during the last two decades. It is well planned and maintained, and its beaches and south regions are very beautiful. It regularly finds itself in highest places in rankings of the most beautiful/well designed cities in Israel.

 


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Ashdod, Israel: Port Information


Ashdod port is the new modern port of Israel, one of the most progressive ports in the world. Entry to the port by private vehicles is prohibited. The port offers shuttles from the parking to the terminal and back but only after person's confirmation of cruise order. The traffic at the gateway is rapidly growing due to cruise ship activities. The city center is about 4 km away.
At the port gates, you can catch a shuttle bus to the center. It doesn't run often so if you in a hurry - a taxi will be a better option.
You can catch a taxi at the dock ( one or two companies have entry to the gates) to visit Tel Aviv (20 miles away)  or Jerusalem (33 miles to the east). 
You can take a ship's shuttle to the center of Ashdod and there at the train station you can get on a train to Tel Aviv.
Here is the link to the list and cruise schedule for Ashdod port.

Get around Ashdod, Israel


By bus, taxi ("moneet" in Hebrew) or minibus ("moneet sherut").
​Ashdod has a very developed system of bikes routes and flat terrain, so renting a bike would be an ideal option for bike lovers. Keep in mind that it can be very hot in summer.

What to see in Ashdod, Israel


  • The southern beach area is home to a Fatimid fortress from the Crusader period, located several meters from the coastline. The site is guarded by local police and entirely fenced.
  • The whole southern and near-beach area has beautiful and quiet villas.
  • Giv'at Yonah (Jonah's Hill) is named after the prophet Jonah, who is believed to be buried there. It is the highest point of the city (around 150 m above sea level) with the city lighthouse on top of it.
  • A few hundreds meters away, Lachish Park (named after the Lachish river) can be found, with some wildlife and plenty sea birds.
  • The only sand dunes in central Israel are located in the national reserve between southeast Ashdod and highway 4 (the road to Tel Aviv). The largest dune is about 35 meters high and 250 meters long. In the reserve there is also preserved wildlife (mostly deer, rabbits, birds and jackals). Entrance is free.
  • Ad H'alom

    Memorial Park (lit. No-Further Memorial Park), (East Ashdod, near the southern entrance to the city by road no' 4). open area. During the 1948 Israel Independence War, the Egyptian army invaded Israel. This park marks the northernmost point they reached before being forced to retreat by Israeli forces. free.  
  • The Korin Maman Museum has a permanent archeology exhibition called "Philistian World" as well as various changing art exhibitions.
  • Ashdod Museum of Art located in the

    MonArt center

    , has 13 exhibition halls. In an architectural echo of the Louvre, the entrance to the museum is through a glass pyramid.

What to do in Ashdod, Israel


Ashdod has a pretty, long coast (8 km/6 miles) with several public beaches and a marina accessible for the public. Ashdod's beach strip is about 2/3 the length of Tel Aviv's, yet it serves only about tenth population compared to the latter. Since it's not crowded or very touristic, it's a great place for a calm trip of wondering between villas or by the beach.
There is horse riding, 4X4 rental, and the city marina provides yacht/cruise services.

  • Monare art center, Derekh Ha-Aretz str., 8, Ashdod (near city hall), ☎ 972-8-8545180. 
  • Buffalo Farm, Bizron (The farm is in Bizron village, about 6km(4.5miles) east from Ashdod)
  • Sefinat Shayat, ☎ 052-327-1774. Sefinat Shayat - Glass Bottomed Boat Ride - Hamarina Hakechula, Ashdod - 052-327-1774 - Sail on a glass bottomed ship, instruction and explanation to classes, parties. Speed-boating for smaller groups — you drive the boat. Reservations required.  

Ashdod is home to the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra which performs music originating in Andalusia, a blend of Western and Arabic music.
The MonArt center is a performing arts center which has different art schools, studios and events.

What to eat and drink in Ashdod, Israel


Eat

A lot of restaurants, especially along the beach. 

Drink

Although you'll find plenty places to drink, and a decent variety of pubs and clubs, Ashdod nightlife serves mostly the locals.

Shopping in Ashdod, Israel


A large souvenir store is located downtown (actually in upper part of the city), on Rogozin street. There you can buy local stamps and postcards, water from Jordan river, soil from Jerusalem, and much more.
​Ashdod has about five big shopping malls and two markets.
On Wednesday there is a clothes and farmers market near Lido beach, however it primarily caters toward the local population and is less suitable for tourists.

Safety in Ashdod, Israel


Emergency Numbers

Police (Mishtara) — 100
Ambulance ("Magen David Adom"- MADA) — 101
Fire & Rescue (Mecabei Esh) — 102

In case of an emergency, don't bother searching for the right number to call - you will be redirected by the dispatcher if you got it wrong.

There are no special medical issues in Israel, and no immunizations are necessary for travel here. Pharmacies and hospitals are available in all major cities and emergency and health care is to a very high Western standard. Pharmacists and all medical personnel speak adequate English. In Israeli pharmacies, the "over-the-counter" stuff is in fact over the counter. Ask the pharmacist if you need anything. Travel health insurance is highly recommended; although all Israelis are covered under the national health insurance system, foreigners will be expected to pay for any treatment received in the public hospitals or at a clinic.

Tap water is potable and perfectly safe for drinking all throughout Israel, big cities and rural parts alike.

Street food is safe and clean, including fried dishes, fish and different salads. It still is wise to use common sense and avoid anything suspicious.

Due to the hot climate in sunny Israel, remember to use sunscreen throughout your stay and drink a lot of water.

Language spoken in Ashdod, Israel


Hebrew (official), Arabic(official), Russian and English most commonly used foreign languages.

LOCAL TIME

1:17 pm
June 26, 2019
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