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Ashqelon Things to Do

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    Ashquelon seashore, Israel 4 more images

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 9, 2012

    Ashquelon, as many of the major ancient cities is located along the shore of the Med.
    As such it had its protective fortifications, but as you can see in the second photo here, the sea has reclaimed most of it.
    There is an abundance of seashells here and you can find the odd piece of ancient pottery, such as the handle you can see in the middle of the third photo.
    It is also fun to walk the beach and poke around in the small tidal pools that you can find among the rocks lining the seashore in places.

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    Cannanite city walls, Asquelon, Israel 4 more images

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 14, 2012

    The National Park of Tel Asquelon comprises several sections, some like the gate to the Cannanite city are 4,000 years old, while others like the Basilica and the Church are from more modern Byzantine history. You will find some very basic signs explaining what there is to see at the site, but nothing in depth. There is a brochure they give you when you pay the entrance fee which gives you a little more information.
    Built by the Philistines EVERYONE at one time ruled this city, the Greeks, the Romans, Byzantines, Israelites, Muslims, Crusaders, Ottomans, British Empire and now Israel.

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    by MASSSACA Written Sep 18, 2009

    Hey...

    The loveliest thing to do in Ashqelon is going to the beach and walk across..

    Start for example at the Holiday Inn in the North and go to the National Park in the South right infront of the oil pipeline.

    First you see wonderful low peopled beaches where you can take a bath in the Mediterranean Sea.

    After that you reaching beaches with absolutely no people, here you can bath in the nude if you want or sunbath....

    Its a crazy feeling i think, because you are possibly 15 kliometres infront of the gaza strip.

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Ashqelon Restaurants

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    Shepudia Shel Tzvi calling card, Ashquelon, Israel

    by Martin_S. Updated Dec 18, 2006

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    First let me explain the name the Spit is the type used to "spit" meat for grilling on a BBQ, hence the name.

    A group of us (25 people to be exact) visited this place and the first thing that happned was two glasses broke when we poured our drinks into them, soaking the table and us. Then we ordered spits of BBQed chicken and a steak...the chicken was almost raw inside and we had to send it back, then it came back dried out...the steak could have been sold by a diamond broker it was almost as hard as one....The french fries which we opted for were not only the type you get out of a frozen bag, but they were also limp and full of oil, we left them on the plate......
    There have been very few of these small workers restaurants (called Shepudia here in Israel) that have been so bad...

    Favorite Dish: The were only two things that anyone in our group had to say about this place.
    1) The Pepsi-Cola was okay.
    2) The waitresses were young and pretty with all their undershorts hanging out the back.
    So..............I will let you decide if you would like to "take a chance", but I would recommend spending your hard earned money elsewhere.

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Ashqelon Transportation

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    by MASSSACA Written Sep 18, 2009

    The best way to vistit Ashqelon is by train.

    From Tel Aviv it will takes an hour, cost 23,50 Shekel for one-way. All trains are in good condition, they manufactured in Germany, you have good air-condition.

    When you arrive the station you should take the bus, i think line 18 (there is only one line), its takes you for 3,80 Shekel to the Central Bus Station in Asqelon.

    From here you can visit the city or go to the beaches.
    There is a cheap, big supermarket right infront of the station.

    Its useful to take a map from Ashqelon with you, because the city is BIG.

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Ashqelon Shopping

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    by MASSSACA Updated Sep 18, 2009

    The Shopping Mall infront of the Train Station is good for food, but really nothing else.

    There a few shops for clothing, but they are managed from Russian People, how dont understand the ocidental fashion, you find there no ZARA, no CASTRO or PULL & BEAR.

    What to buy: a Facetowel and a FALAFEL.

    What to pay: for the towel 17 shekel and for falafel 12 shekel.

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Ashqelon Local Customs

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    View from the highest point

    by MASSSACA Written Sep 18, 2009

    If you are really intersting in old ruins then go to the national park in the south of Ashqelon.

    If you are good in walking take the bus from the train station to the cental bus station. Then walk strong to the beach, buy a water in the supermarket, because here its cheap and you really need it, because in the park its very hot and dry.

    Then walk along the beach towards the Gaza Strip. You see the park on the last guarded section and enter here.

    On the highest position you have a wonderful view to the beaches and the oil pipeline in the south.

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    View from the highest point

    by MASSSACA Written Sep 18, 2009

    If you are really intersting in old ruins then go to the national park in the south of Ashqelon.

    If you are good in walking take the bus from the train station to the cental bus station. Then walk strong to the beach, buy a water in the supermarket, because here its cheap and you really need it, because in the park its very hot and dry.

    Then walk along the beach towards the Gaza Strip. You see the park on the last guarded section and enter here.

    On the highest position you have a wonderful view to the beaches and the oil pipeline in the south.

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