The city of Ashdod has roots dating back as far as the Canaanites in the 17th century BC, making it one of the world's oldest cities. Mentioned several times in The Bible, it has been settled and conquered by numerous different groups over the years. The modern Ashdod was established in 1956, near the site of the ancient town, which sadly no longer survives and is known for its diverse Jewish population with migrant Jews from across the Arab world, the former USSR, France and Eastern Europe. A port city, Ashdod is known for having some of Israel's best kept beaches. Perfect for a spot of sunbathing and relaxing, the beaches here also avoid the crushes of those in Tel Aviv. For culture vultures and history buffs, the city is also home to the Korin Maman Museum and Ashdod Museum of Art, both of which feature various changing and permanent art and archaeological exhibitions. A car rental in Ashdod will also allow you to get out of town easily. Just a short drive away is the Ad H'alom Memorial Park, a monument commemorating the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. Make your journey in and around this fascinating city complete with a car rental from Sixt.