Ashkelon National Park
 
 
Old and new side by side on the Mediterranean
 
 
Ashkelon National Park, on the southern Mediterranean coast, encompasses history and heritage thousands of years old.
Ashkelon was a thriving commercial center whose star rose highest in the Roman period, and the park showcases impressive remains from that period, among them marble and granite columns and capitals, the Roman basilica and statues of the goddesses who were the patrons of the city.
In the northeastern part of the park is its most outstanding find: the Middle Bronze Age gate, with the earliest arch in the world, dating to approximately 1800 BCE.
The park also contains a system of about 60 wells of different types and borders on a beautiful beach, open during swimming season.
The view from massive ancient glacis, topped by the ruins of a wall from the Fatimid era (mid-12th century) in the eastern part of the park, takes in the park, the dunes to the south and the modern city of Ashkelon  
 
 
How to get there:
From the northern entrance to Ashkelon drive along Menachem Begin Blvd., Jerusalem Blvd. and Bar Kokhba St., and turn left on HaTayasim St. 
 
  Length of tour: 30 minutes to 2 hours
 
 Best season: year-round 
 
 Don't miss: lawns, picnic tables, barbecues. 
 
 Hours: year-round 8 A.M.-10 P.M.
Last entry one hour before above closing hour 
 
 Phone: 08-673-6444; 08-673-9660
 Fax / Email: 08-673-4227
 
Entrance fee: Adult NIS 29; child NIS 15
Israeli senior citizen:NIS 15
Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 23; child NIS 14
Ashkelon residents: entrance on foot free of charge
entrance to vehicle NIS 15 on presentation of identity card of any occupant showing Ashkelon residency.
 
 Entrance to dogs
 Accessibility: Paths and playgrounds in the heart of the park are handicapped accessible. The beach has a special path and facilities.
  
  
Additional links 
Ashkelon National Park Overnight Campground 
גן לאומי אשקלון 
 
 
Main tourist sites in the vicinity:
Water and sand trail; Shikma Reservoir; Karmiya Nature Reserve; Nitsanim Dunes Nature Reserve
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