Highlights

What to do in Ashdod

Visit Ashdod during your cruise vacation

Ashdod is the ideal base for a trip to Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, the Dead Sea or Bethlehem. It consists of an older part in the south and a modern part in the north. The history of the ancient city goes back to the 17th century BC. Today there are only a few remnants of these times.

Throughout history Ashdod was an important port and trading center. Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Romans ruled over the city, resulting in successive periods of prosperity and decline. In recent centuries it was a small village that started to grow exponentially since the construction of the modern city in 1957.

Now Ashdod is the fifth largest city in Israel with a lot of new Jewish residents from the former Soviet Union.

Practical info

The modern city is located about 3 kilometers from the cruise port. The older part is further away at over 6 km. For an exploration of Ashdod and its highlights, you need 1-2 hours, but if you visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Bethlehem there will be not much time left.

Highlights in Ashdod