The marina in Ashkelon opened on July 18, 1995, in the presence of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and was recognized as an international port for shipping and tourism. Some $40 million was invested in its construction. The marina, one of Israel’s largest and most beautiful, is designed to hold 600 vessels at anchor. Breakwaters were constructed to the north and south of the marina, which also contains extensive beaches.
Behind the marina is a spacious tourism complex with vacation apartments, hotel, a commercial and tourism center, a vast pedestrian promenade and parks for the pleasure of tourists and vacationers. The marina has helped leverage the development of Ashkelon’s tourism industry, and is already an attractive area with an international reputation that brings in hundreds of ships, boaters and vacationers who come from all of the Mediterranean ports.