Ashdod (Israel)

Revered pilgrimage sites, a 24-hour city and aromatic bazaars are all within easy reach of Ashdod.

Gateway to Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Located on the sun-soaked Mediterranean coastline, Ashdod is the starting point for a pilgrimage all of your own. A melting pot of religious monuments and cultural offerings can all be found within a short trip, and there’s something for every taste.

Travel north to Tel Aviv and be swept away by a city that never sleeps. Buzzing nightlife, cosmopolitan hangouts and a blossoming culinary scene make this an ideal destination for those chasing culture. Meanwhile, on the outskirts, life takes a more sedate pace in the ancient port city of Jaffa; crammed full of narrow passageways, ancient buildings and courtyards, each with a story to tell.

Alternatively, travel back in time in one of the oldest cities in the world – Jerusalem – where you’ll brush against churches, mosques and synagogues and other sacred sites. The walled city is overflowing with pilgrims, and with landmarks such as the Mount of Olives, Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, you’ll be testament to Jerusalem’s diversity first hand. You can also cross the border into Bethlehem, biblical birthplace of Jesus, to explore the fascinating Old City and search out its famed street art.

A world away from the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv, Jaffa’s old-world atmosphere is ideal for those who like their sightseeing with a slice of tranquillity. It’s one of the oldest port cities in the world still in use, and you’ll find fishing boats lined up against the shore, a tangle of cobbled lanes and shaded stairs leading to courtyards that come alive with restaurants and bars.

Make your way to the beating heart of Tel Aviv and surround yourself with spice-scented stalls laden with fresh produce. Locals flock to Carmel Market to load up on cheese, olives and freshly-baked bread, then sit down for a coffee and watch the world go by. The city’s string of beaches are idyllic urban oases to rest up and take a dip in the Mediterranean.

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