Well preserved old city with a nice seaside suburb
More conservative compared to Beirut.
Buy some soap and eat some sweets. Then move on. :-)
The Mina, or Port, is part of old Tripoli and its economic importance. Today, the port facility has garnered a bit of a bad reputation (it is a port through which weapons are all too frequently smuggled towards Syria) and it does not have sort of bustling atmosphere that is associated with other waterfront souqs. Nevertheless, it is part of the...more
This park, in the centre of the city and across from the Ottoman Clock Tower, is a popular gathering spot for the residents of the city. It is flanked by benches and ambulant vendors selling coffee, drinks and snacks. It's not uncommon to see groups of men standing around gossiping and talking (given the current situation, probably about politics)....more
The Clock Tower is one of Tripoli's most popular attractions. It is a tribute to the city's importance in the Ottoman world, as it was constructed in 1906 in order to mark 30 years of Sultan Abdulhamid II's reign, and as were similar constructions in other cities throughout the Ottoan Empire. In the 1990s, it was restored after the end of the Civil...more
Located in the heart of the Old City, the multi-domed Great Mosque of Tripoli was built in 1294 AD. It was commissioned by the Mamluke ruler al-Mansour Qalawun soon after he liberated the city from Crusader hands. The location chosen for the mosque had been the site of the Crusader Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Tower (Cathédrale...more
Abdul Rahman Hallab and Son are famous in Lebanon for making traditional sweets since 1881 that are very tasty indeed. The business originated in Tripoli but has several branches in Lebanon and they even have a shop at Beirut Airport.I visited the El Mina Road branch, Tripoli where you can see the sweets being made. There is a restaurant on site...more
As you wander through the souqs in Tripoli with their wide array of fish. meat, vegetables, fabrics, clothes and homewares to name but a few wares, you will come across the Soap Souq next to the gold souq. Here you will find several small shops still selling soap made in the traditional way, such as balls of many different colours and fragrances as...more
Tripoli is very well known for it's sweets and Rafaat Hallab & Sons is the best place to experience them. With multiple locations - the one nearest Tell Square the easiest to find - you'd be selling yourself short if you did not try it out. Grab some coffee or tea and pick something.Menus are in English and Arabic. something, something...more
Chopsticks Restaurants were founded in 1998 and the company has several branches in Lebanon, offering tasty Chinese food at reasonable prices. There's the usual array of starters such as spring rolls, won-tons and dumplings as well as soups and salads from LL3 250-11 750, rice, noodles and vegetables from LL 2 750-10 750, mains such as sizzlers,...more
Rafaat Hallab & Sons is the best place to eat Tripoli's famous Arab sweets, which are actually small cakes, not candy. They are perhaps most famous for their baklava and maamoul. They started making sweets in 1881 and now export them worldwide. The interior is bright and modern.You can buy a mixed assortment to eat on the premises or you can buy a...more
I only had orange juice here. The name of the place made me laugh because of the Hooters restaurants in the United States. This one of course is in no way similar to the American version.The chef was very talkative with me. He read the whole menu to me in order to practice his English.more
In Tell Square, even shops are opened late for late shoppers.I walked pass of them all not buying anything, talking with some people. Mostly about me & my country...& of course about Malaysia's last Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed; All of them he's a good man !I said back, "Well, I'm a good man too !"...more
I was kinda hungry so i had to buy the schwarmas ! I love it ! I love the beef in it...not so much the chicken though.In Baalbek (please click), I had my schwarma with mutton but I somehow couldn't find it around the north of Lebanon...Wonder why ?The photo is showing where I bought my schawarma in Tripoli...more
If you're staying in beirut and it's too much hassle for you to take a taxi or a service taxi to the city then book yourself a tour with either wild discovery or nakhal, it'll only cost you around $50 and you get taken to all the major sites plus entry to the castle is included as well as lunch on the highway to tripoli in a lovely seafront...more
Both times I went to Trablous I went from Charles Helou Station in Beirut. There are both smaller buses and bigger buses with air-condition. The bus ride takes about 1,5 hours and the price , when I went, was1000 LL (in June 2002) and 1500 LL (in August 2002).To go to Bcharré, minibusses are leaving Trablous from Abdel Hamid Karani Square (near the...more
The most expensive way to get from Tripoli to Beirut, or viceversa, is by private taxi: it costs about 30 dollars. The least expensive is by bus: less than 1 dollar (to be precise 1000 Lebanese pounds). Buses leave regularily between the two cities: in Beirut from Charles Helou station, in Tripoli from the CLock Tower square. I still have the...more
Many of the prices in Tripoli unlike Beirut will be in Lebanese Lira, although they do take US dollars as well. The prices here are more likely to be displayed in the Hindu numerical form (what we would consider as arabic numbers), the arabic numeral system is actually the system that we use and think of as the Latin system. So i might be handy to...more
Beautifully set up, this shop has an extremely wide variety of spices and more that you might want to take home with you in order to make all that local food you've had on your trip. Beyond the spices they also sell perfumes. I found the staff very helpful, though not heavy on the English speaking. spices and perfumes not a lot reallymore
The family of Hassun are from the few families in Tripoli, which maintained the soap until today and took Khan to a soap. Working in the Khan Badr Hassun and his nine children, to preserve the legacy of the family. Khan soap teeming tourist and visitors. All that the proportion of Europeans and foreign tourists, up 80% and take soap Traboulsi gifts...more
15 Reviews and Opinions
One of the best things about lebanon and especially the castle in Tripoli is the lack of red tape concerning places you can go in historical sites. The only problem is with this freedom is that most of the ruins in the country have been left pretty much as they are. On some parts there are railings but on top of the castle walls for instance there...more
If there's one thing you should know about the Lebanese is that they're very good business people.
The first price you get in the souks for things like saffron etc aren't the price that many people pay for them so haggle a little...
Unique Suggestions: However dont' get too into it. Yeah ok you might be paying a little more than other people, but the chances are you'll be getting it for a better price than at home, so instead of haggling with them too far, just remember that by buying something that maybe $5 more expensive than you know you can get it for, that $5 will mean a lot to some of these people. you have your cheaper goods, they make a nice profit, everyone wins...
Fun Alternatives: grab an arab friend and let them do the talking... or like me learn arabic and speak their language... do i have to think of everything??
Tripoli's center is very built upWhen looking from the castle walls (see castle tip for picture) it gives you some idea how built up it is.However this isn't always a bad thing... you can get yourself lost in the city very easily... yes ok that sounds like a bad thing but for me getting lost on holiday is good thing because you'll see many things...more
The Lion Tower is the only archaelogical site to see in the New City area. Originally there were decorations of lions lining the facade, but they are no longer there. Built at the end of the 1400's, it's a fairly interesting structure to see, but is not really near anything at all. I had to walk down the road to see it. Normally I think it is open...more
The Hammam Al-Nouri is the real jewel of Tripoli: an unexpected jewel well hidden by shop fronts just opposite the Madrassah Al-Nouriyah. It was built around 1333 by the Mamluk governor Nur El-Din, and it houses a dressing room, a tepidarium, private bathing "rooms" (ma qsoura) and a huge hot water steam hall. What's great about this abandoned...more
The origin of the name Tripoli (Trablos today, in Arabic) comes Tripolis or the "Tri-city". Because of the rocky promontory upon which it's built, it looks like there are 3 cities instead of one. Today Tripoli is the largest city in the north of Lebanon, with a population of about 500000 people. It's 85 kilometers from Beirut. I liked the...more
Tarablus (Tripoli) is a very confusing city, as the old part of town doesn't seem to follow any rules of town planning so it is easy to get absolutely lost. A nice place to get lost in though. The tourist office in Beirut has a map highlighting over 50 monuments to see, and away from the old city, is Al-Mina', the port area with a nice corniche and...more