The 9 Best Things to Do in Ashdod, Israel

March 1, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Ashdod (Hebrew:  אַשְׁדּוֹד‬; Arabic: أَشْدُود‎ Ashdud or إِسْدُود Isdud) is the sixth-largest city and the largest port in Israel accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods. Ashdod is located in the Southern District of the country, on the Mediterranean coast where it is situated between Tel Aviv to the North (32 kilometres (20 miles) away) and Ashkelon to the South (20 km (12 mi) away). Jerusalem is 53 km (33 mi) to the east. The city is also an important regional industrial center.
Restaurants in Ashdod

1. Big Fashion Mall Ashdod

Ad Halom Junction, Ashdod, Israel +972 73-260-0483
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Big Fashion Mall Ashdod

BIG Fashion Ashdod Mall is described as one of the most beautiful and advanced malls in Israel and in the world. A shopping center built from European style streets, with the biggest brands and a great atmosphere for both shopping and entertainment.

Reviewed By vicki w - Modiin, Israel

Located between Ashkelon and Ashdod this open Mall features a wide range of European and Israeli brands. Very nice coffee shops and restaurants

2. Ashdod Yam Park

Moshe Dayan Boulevard, Ashdod, Israel +972 8-856-2926
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Ashdod Yam Park

Reviewed By Yoav T - Israel

Beautiful park with plenty of green areas and even an ocean view. The park is extremely clean and well maintained. There is a huge skate-park (for skateboards only) that will make even experienced skaters happy. Man-made lake with boating. Bike trails. Plenty of swings, ropes etc. Very nice and unique musical attractions! Basketball and football courts. Clean restrooms. Truly a great park. There is plenty of free parking in the vicinity and the entrance to the park is free as well. Highly recommended!

3. The Eye of the Sun

3 Har Gilbo'a, Ashdod 7772003, Israel
Excellent
61%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

The Eye of the Sun

Reviewed By illinois travelere

This is a huge public sculpture designed by Israeli multi-media artist, Motti Mizrachi.

During the day its appearance is influenced by the orientation of the sun, and by night by the synchronized LED light panels that change its colours -- sometimes solid (yellow, blue, pink, etc.) and sometimes dual (pink/blue; green/red, etc.)
It was installed at the south end of the city in 2012.
Because I'm a Chicago girl, the experience takes me back to the Buckingham Fountain of my youth.
If you are in the area, you can't miss it. If you are interested in public art, don't miss it.

4. The Corinne Mamane Museum of Philistine Culture

16 Ha-Shayatim, Ashdod 7744100, Israel +972 8-622-4799
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

The Corinne Mamane Museum of Philistine Culture

Reviewed By LindaS S - Mazkeret Batya, Israel

We visited here the other day with a guest from abroad. It is a very informative small museum, with nicely done exhibits of Philistine artifacts and explanations of their culture.
There was also a good exhibit of archeological finds from different regions of Ashdod.
Definitely worthwhile.

5. Givat Yonah

Ashdod, Israel +972 8-856-1632
Excellent
52%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Givat Yonah

Reviewed By Josephhacohen - Ashdod, Israel

The hill due the fact that is the highest point in the Ashdod area. it has extravagant view 360 degrees. In the north You see the Israel biggest port, looking to East you see half Ashdod city, looking far east in a clear whether you will see the Mountains near Jerusalem, looking south there is the second half of Ashdod city, at far south you may notice the high buildings of Ashkelon. Near by there is nice restaurant "KIRA" (not Kosher) which look over the see and the port. Due the fact that it is high point there also a huge lighthouse on the hill. the name of the hill is according the tradition from the bible that "the big fish put Yonah at this point on the shore near the hill"

6. Metzuda Beach

Ashdod, Israel
Excellent
32%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Metzuda Beach

Reviewed By Adam_the_bookworm - Prague, Czech Republic

This beach is not as crowded as Beaches in surrounding towns so its surely worthy a ride even from TLV. The fortress is really beautiful and I strongly recomend to all history lovers to visit, even tho its not as magnificent as other Castles and fortresses in Israel.

7. Gil Beach

Ashdod, Israel
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Gil Beach

Reviewed By illinois travelere

There are several outstanding Beaches along the shore at Ashdod.
Besides Gil Beach (already excellently reviewed earlier), also visit nearby Beer Sheva Beach.
This is a "blue flag," beach -- which means it meets an international environmental quality standard of water quality, safety features, facilities, etc. There are four lifeguards, 6 life buoys, and 2 boats available from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
It has a handicap-access path to the sand; a thatched shelter; playground; bathrooms; four outdoor shower heads for rinsing off; plenty of trash cans; drinking fountains; and my favourite feature -- beach ashtrays, which are like blue plastic ice cream cones that sit upright in the sand, to borrow, use, and return empty.
People are encouraged to walk or bike to the beach, but it can also be reached by buses 10, 11, 12, 21, 22, 23, and 26 -- which pull right up to the roundabout to let you off (helpful if you are carrying beach blankets, towels, lunch, etc.).
There is plenty of parking, including 7 handicapped spaces.
A clean and beautiful beach -- one of my favourites in Israel.
Come at sunset and watch the sun drop into the Mediterranean at any Ashdod beach.

8. Etgarim Lakhish Park

Ashdod, Israel +972 53-750-6599
Excellent
43%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Etgarim Lakhish Park

Reviewed By Serioga - Ashdod, Israel

Great place for children. Nice pool, interesting activities for all range of ages. Definitely to visit with children.

9. Ashdod Citadel

Sderot Moshe Dayan - Kikar HaShalom, Ashdod, Israel
Excellent
12%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 8 reviews

Ashdod Citadel

Reviewed By Buc_Haish - Israel

It's on the beach- on the way to a popular beach.
It's true what the previous reviewer wrote- it is not well maintained. The fence is not good and there are multiple entry points.
One can see the structure of what once was. The ground is all sandy inside.
It's not worth making the special trip that I did in order to see it (even though I was in the area).

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