What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about ports? Can you start smelling fish already? Can you picture the fishermen going to the sea in their little boats and the thousands of tourists leaving their cruise ships to walk around your city? Can you see that beautiful sunset and imagine a young couple walking towards the dock?
When we talk about ports, especially those in Israel, there are several subjects to discuss. In this article, you will learn more about the main ports of Israel. Discover which ones are currently used to receive commercial containers, and which ones are popular locations for both locals and tourists to visit.
Did you know that Israel has 6 ports: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Hedera, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. In this article, we will cover the most important three ports. Can you guess which ones they are?
If you are planning a trip to Israel in the upcoming weeks, take some notes. You might want to go visit at least one of these places when in the land of milk and honey. Ready to learn more? Here we go!
But before we start, and just because we love teaching… Do you know how to say port in Hebrew? Port in Hebrew is נמל and it is pronounced nah-mal.
With one new word in your pocket, let us sail out on an adventure!
The main seaports of Israel
Watching your first sunset in Israel is almost as touching as visiting the Western Wall for the first time. The extraordinary energy of the Mediterranean can be life-changing. When you visit, you will see hundreds of people walking around or sitting to watch the beauty of nature. It brings a sense of calmness, inner peace, and gratitude.
If you would like to be near the sea, visiting some of these Israeli seaports can be the ultimate experience. Ready to hear more about them?
Port of Haifa
In the last decade, the port of Haifa and its surroundings have undergone an incredible transformation. It is like watching an episode of Extreme Makeover: City Edition! Only a few years ago it used to be a neighborhood full of dirt – people never wanted to go unless they were about to embark on a cruise.
The Haifa Municipality decided to modify this area and turn it into a fun center full of fancy restaurants, bars, youth centers, universities, and activities for both adults and teens.
The port handles a large amount of import and export functions of Israel. It is also a place where cruise ships arrive in Israel, leaving tourists very close to the gorgeous Haifan neighborhood of the “German Colony”.
Haifa has a lot to offer, if you want to learn more about the Israeli city of coexistence, check out this article we published a few weeks ago.
Port of Ashdod
Since we already talked about the north, it is time to travel south! One of Israel’s two primary cargo ports is the Port of Ashdod. The port is near the mouth of the Lachish River in Ashdod, some 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv. Its development substantially increased the country’s port capacity.
Ashod also deals with importing and exporting products. Ashdod became a functioning port in 1965 and is thus relatively new in comparison to Haifa, which started operating in 1933.
Tel Aviv Port
One of the most magical places in the White City. We mentioned this gorgeous location when we shared with you the ultimate plan to spend 48 hours in Tel Aviv.
Like Haifa Port, the Tel Aviv port offers shoppers and diners access to exclusive stores and world-class restaurants. Many Israeli hi-tech companies have made this their home over the last 10 to 15 years.
During the summer, the port hosts a vibrant, liberal, and pluralistic Jewish community. It offers worshippers a spiritual landscape to worship right next to the sea.
If you are looking for a romantic place to have a successful, unforgettable date… The Tel Aviv Port can be the perfect place to start your evening. Its close proximity to Hayarkon Park makes it the perfect place to walk around for hours.
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