Tourist tip #319 / Ashkelon National Park: Sun, sea, and ancient ruins
This is the place to see the world's oldest arched city gate, then barbecue and swim.
How old is the city of Ashkelon? That’s anybody’s guess but it definitely goes back more than 5,000 years, serving as a central Mediterranean seaport for the ancient Canaanites and Phoenicians, the Romans too – and let us not forget the Crusaders. All left behind relics and ruins, including purportedly the oldest arched city gate in the world, which was restored in 2008.