Since the dawn of history 5,000 years ago, Ashkelon, due to its strategic location as an important port, has attracted many people and varied populations who lived in the city and contributed to its prosperity. You can find evidence of this in almost every corner of the city, and experience an entire world of history, archeology, and exciting and fascinating cultural riches.
Alongside the city’s magnificent past, while conserving and nurturing these important ancient assets, Ashkelon has moved forward over the years and today it is one of the most highly regarded cities in Israel, with positive migration that is constantly growing. The city is spread over 55,000 dunams (5,500 hectares) and its roughly 149,000 residents.
This dynamic city boasts a high quality of life, excellent educational institutions, rich and varied leisure activities for the entire population with many recreation spots located around the city.
I invite you to visit Ashkelon and enjoy the many attractions that the city has to offer.
Among other things, you can stroll along 12 kilometers of spectacular sea shore, have fun at the Sea Park located on Delilah Beach, and spend time at the beautiful marina with its new large commercial center, cinema, cafés, and restaurants. In Tel Ashkelon National Park, covering 2,000 dunams (200 hectares), you can enjoy an entertainment and camping experience with a view of the Mediterranean Sea. There is also an impressive cultural center, shopping malls, new hotels, and the bustling Migdal antiquities site that will give you a glimpse of where it all began – and many other enchanting and fascinating spots that will make you want to visit Ashkelon time and again.
Ashkelon is a place where past and present blend perfectly into a modern, groundbreaking and progressive city, which maintains its special character and supplies the needs of all its residents and visitors.
The breathtaking views from the height of the promenade, the never-ending sea shore, hotels that are a short walking distance to the sea, green open spaces, and inviting lawns, comfortable weather and colorful markets together with established restaurants alongside contemporary eateries will leave you with an appetite for more, and of course the warm and wonderful people who will always welcome you – all these make Ashkelon a city that it’s easy to fall in love with and always fun to return to.
We look forward to seeing you here in Ashkelon,
Mayor of Ashkelon