Ashkelon Map

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Use an Ashkelon Map to Plan Your Day Trip

Ashkelon is not only a great place for touring, but it is also a gateway to other very interesting historical, archeological, Biblical, holistic, recreational, amusement and underground attractions in the surrounding area. A one day trip can take in many of these sites, which you can look up on any Ashekelon map.

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai (Photo: Bukvoed, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, south of Ashkelon, was settled in 1936 and became official in 1943. It was named in honor of Mordechai Anilewicz who was killed while leading the resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis. The kibbutz has a museum about the Holocaust and about the 1948 War for Independence and the bitter fighting that ensued when the kibbutz was attacked by Egypt. There is a statue of Mordechai Anilewicz and the old water tower that was shelled by the Egyptians. Today the kibbutz is noted for its production of honey, jams, and olive oil. They have the largest numbers of beehives in Israel, and you can arrange a tour to see how the honey is produced and also to have a taste of their delicious honey!

Mineral Baths

For a truly healthful and holistic experience, the Hamei Yoav Thermo Mineral Baths, located east of Ashkelon and before Kiryat Gat, have natural healing hot thermo mineral sulfur pools. This is a great way to relax and the pools are especially helpful to people with skin, rheumatic and joint problems. The pools are indoors with outdoor access to a promenade and grassy areas where the pools flow into a pond. The pools are fed by running water from the underground springs and every half hour the water is completely new. You can opt for spa treatments by professional masseurs. Light aerobics sessions are conducted a few times a week. Children age 3 and over may enter the pools. Pregnant women must not enter the hot thermal pools, and people with heart conditions or blood pressure problems must consult a physician for permission to use the hot pools. Robes and towels can be rented. Separate bathing for men and women is offered, but it is recommended to call first: (08) 672-1150.

Sunday evenings from 5:30 to 11:00 pm men.

Thursday evenings twice a month from 7:00 pm to midnight for men.

Monday evenings twice a month for women only.

During times of mixed bathing there is a women’s only pool as well.

Yoav Fort

Yoav Fort (Photo: Bukvoed, CC BY 3.0)

While in the area you may also want to visit the Yoav Fort from where the Arab legions shelled Jewish settlements in the area. After eight bitter battles of fierce fighting Israeli forces captured the fort. There is a museum housed there in the citadel that was established by the Givati Brigade. Also nearby is the Open Museum at Kibbutz Negba that shows the history of the area and the resistance Negba played when the Egyptians attacked the area in 1948.

Kiryat Gat

Kiryat Gat is an Israeli town east of Ashkelon. Gat was the name of one of the five main Philistine cities.

Tel Lachish

Tel Lachish (Photo: Liadmalone, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Tel Lachish

Tel Lachish is the archeological site of the remains of the ancient Biblical city of Lachish which was the most important town in Judea after Jerusalem. The massive fortifications of Lachish that archeologists uncovered are one of the best examples of Biblical archeology.

Action Park

The Action Park is a really great amusement park located near Moshav Lachish and is a paradise for children with all kinds of land and water activities. There is a big water slide right out of the mouth of a lion, all kinds of trampolines, pedal cars, miniature jeeps, and a train suitable for toddlers. This is a beautiful area with groves for picnics. For further information call: (08) 681-8818.

Kibbutz Beit Guvrin

Kibbutz Beit Guvrin (Photo: אסף.צ, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Kibbutz Bet Guvrin

Kibbutz Bet Guvrin was established in 1949 and is surrounded by about 4,000 caves made by man and nature, which make up Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Here you can have a fascinating underground tour. The park is also the site of archeological remains of two important ancient towns: Maresha, mentioned in the Bible from the time of Yehuda, and Bet Guvrin, a town during the Second Temple period. Some of the caves and cisterns here date from the 3rd century BCE. You can also dig for a day by participating in the ongoing archeological excavations.

Amatzia Caves

The Amatzia Caves were used by the Bar Kochba Jewish resistance fighters in their war against Rome. There are 35 rooms in these caves that housed about 300 men, women and children in their underground life. There is also an ancient synagogue, olive oil press, water cistern, guard rooms and secret hideaways. An audio-visual presentation is visible at the entrance to the caves.

Nitzanim

The Nitzanim Park and Nature Reserve located between Ashkelon and Ashdod combines nature and recreation; it has a beautiful beach, myriads of sand dunes, hiking trails, heritage sites and a wide variety of both Mediterranean and African plants and trees. There are rare old sycamore trees with their gnarled branches, wild broom, rotem and wormwood bushes. There is also an abundance of animal life here including the Monitor Lizard, Israel’s largest lizard.

Ashkelon Map: Did You Know?

Did you know that the hot sulfur pools at Hamei Yoav can tarnish silver jewelry? So don’t enter the thermal pools wearing silver.

Category: Archaeological, Ashkelon, Museums, Parks

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