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Ashdod, located in the South District of Israel on the Mediterranean Sea coast, is Israel's largest port. Ashdod was first settled during the Canaanite era in the 17th century BC, making the city one of the most ancient in the world -- Ashdod is mentioned thirteen times in the Bible. Now a well-planned modern city, Ashdod is a welcoming combination of ancient history and cosmopolitan port life.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The best place to explore Ashdod's ancient history is the Korin Maman Museum, which has a permanent archeology exhibition called "Philistian World" as well as various changing art exhibitions. Another good place for artistic explorations is the Ashdod Art Museum; located in the MonArt center, it has 13 exhibition halls.
Ashdod's beaches, like many in Israel, are a popular venue for water sports like windsurfing, yachting and SCUBA diving. Ashdod is also host to many national and international sporting tournaments. This cosmopolitan city even has a cricket team, a rarity in Israel.
Jewelry is popular, as are works of art, antiques, religious articles, carpets and fashion items. There are various shopping malls where you can find local and foreign brand-name items.
Make sure to treat yourself to falafel, hummus or schwarma from one of the food kiosks in this lovely city. This is also your chance to try some of the best kosher food in the world, which is served in most of the best restaurants and hotels.
The New Israeli Shekel (NIS), comprising 100 agorot, is the country's freely traded currency.
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Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.