Ashdod has altered its old image as its tourism sector is developing. The city is said to be rebranding itself as an exciting seaside attraction. It is very close to the center of the country, with quality restaurants, bars, shopping malls and tourist sites.
Israel has been a tourist attraction for many years now. The country is famous for their culture, their history and faith. Making it the best travel destination. Ashdod here is no new to the field.
Here are some top 5 options for your next visit to Ashdod
Ashdod Art Museum
The city’s most noteworthy institution is the Ashdod Art Museum which is home to an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. This three-story museum, established 20 years ago, hosts three rotating exhibitions each year, with a focus on Mediterranean culture and its multifaceted identity. It includes photographs by Allon from the late 1960s to 2022. A very interesting place for art lovers.
Location: 8 Derech Eretz Time: Open all week
The Ashdod Municipality took the initiative to engage visitors and help them uncover the city’s history by opening an interactive Visitor’s Center that tells the story of the city.
The construction of Ashdod began in 1956; until that time, the area was mostly sand dunes. It was a relatively new city compared with Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with its streets planned out before the city was built.
Location: Beit Aryeh King, 2 Yair St. Price: NIS 20 – NIS 25
Located right on the beach, Alma has a menu that is a dream for vegetarians, as it includes many vegetable dishes, such as roasted leek with Bulgarian cheese, green tomatoes, and roasted eggplant with roasted tomatoes. Alma is also popular for its oven-roasted fish and potatoes, served with sour cream and za’atar. It is a best getaway in Israel. Nice food, best views and calm.
Location: 2 Yona Hanavi St. Details: 053-963-3885
Nirvana Japanese Spa
Ashdod does not have a lot of hotels along its coastline, and hence, there is a scarcity of spas. The Nirvana Japanese Spa, one of the few in the city, is really unique. It is located in a building that looks plain on the outside, but once you enter, you will realize how amazing it actually is.
The spa was founded in 2015 by Gindai, a chiropractor and medical massage practitioner; and Tatiana, a cosmetician. Here you will find a hammam (Turkish-style bath) with massage beds, as well as wooden-barrel saunas. As you sit inside these saunas, you can enjoy the heat and steam without experiencing breathing difficulties. One of Niravana’s special treatments is rice peeling.
Location: 43 Rogazin St. Price: From NIS 560 per couple
Not far from the Nirvana Spa is the tourist famous DogA hipster café, sitting in a quiet, pastoral passageway. The gourmet restaurant Balzac was previously situated here. This dairy restaurant offers a full breakfast menu, sandwiches, small Italian-style rolls, salads and fish dishes.
They make a heavenly brioche, as well as delicious pasta dishes. Te mouth water traditional food of Ashdod is a must if you are visiting here. A wonderful bucket list experience.
Location: 11 Ha’eshel St. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.