Latakia Travel Guide

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Latakia Things to Do

  • Drive up into the mountains

    Driving up into the mountains is a pleasant experience, and very popular with the locals at the weekends. They take picnics or go to restaurands on Balloran Lake. The mountains are afforested, and there are small villages. Local produce like mountain honey and oregano are on sale.The forests cover the slopes of the valleys, and views down into the...

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  • Ugarit

    Ugarit is an ancient site about 6 km outside Latakia. The site, which is in ruins, covers 27 hectares. The ruins are of a royal fortress, a palace and two main temples, as well as minor buildings.The site is open from 9am -6pm in summer, and 9am - 4 pm in winter. There is an entrance fee, but because I had trouble climbing the steep steps I knew...

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  • the blue beach

    The beach is at the northern end of Latakia. It is made of shell sand and there are rocks where children like to play.Unfortunately the part we were able to visit was polluted with plastic bottles, shoes and other rubbish.Views to the lighthouse and Rotana Hotel were good, and nearer by were boats anchored in a sheltered part of the bay.In summer...

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  • Take the trip to Saladin's Castle

    Crusader castles sound romantic. But, castles like this one had a defensive purpose, and because of this were built on rocky hills where invaders would be less likely to launch a surprise attack.Qalaat Salah ud Din , or Soane's Castle dates to the first millenium AD. It is on top of a mountain , overlooking green forests.The castle fell into the...

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  • Castle of Saladin

    The Saladin Castle is situated atop a mountain. The access road is steep and winding. Obviously, the original intention of the inhabitants of the castle were to fend off unfriendly forces. The castle is mostly in ruins but some structures like defensive walls, towers, a mosque etc. are still standing. A draw bridge used to exist, but all that...

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  • sunbathing in luxury

    There are some first class (although in need of some refurbishment and maintenance) seafront hotels with rather pricey beach clubs just outside the city centre. It takes about 15 minutes by taxi or minibus to get there. Pictures below are of the Le Meridien hotel. Pool is fine and clean, staff is friendly and speaks some English but the beach in...

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Latakia Hotels

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  • Cote D'Azur De Cham

    It is rated as 5 Starts; I would rate it as 4 Stars. It is clean, on the beach.. The receiptions...

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  • Laliche Hotel

    In front of Port gate no 2, Lattakia, Syria

    Satisfaction: Terrible

  • Riviera Hotel

    This hotel is bed and breakfast but lunch and dinner can be had in the cafe on the ground floor. The...

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Latakia Restaurants

  • interesting wall decor

    The Riviera Hotel's restaurant serves lunch and dinner, or tea and coffee, or there is a bar.The service is excellent and the food is very good.The menu offered is usually steak and fench fries and/or rice, beef escalope, chicken escalope or steak.In the evening we used to order toasted cheese sandwiches and a plate of cucumber and mint.Tax is...

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  • great food

    This seafood restaurant offers you the choice of fish - frozen. For those who don't want fish there is the choice of grilled chicken, for example,. Salad and mezze is also on offer.The restaueant is clean and service is good. It was off-season when we were there so cannot comment on the normal atmosphere as we were the only diners. The grilled...

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  • fish by the sea

    The Dolphin Restaurant has a great location on top of a cliff overlooking the fishing harbour and the Mediterranean. There is an open-air terrace from which you can watch people fishing on the rocks below.When I was there lunch-time, however, they only served deep-fried fish. They only use the grill in the evenings. Anyway, I wouldn't go there...

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  • airconditioned

    The great thing for me about the Last Station Restaurant was that it was somewhere cool to escape from the heat for a while and have a drink. The food and service are good too.I had baba ganouj and "special chicken" with a bottle of Barada beer and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Tasty, but don't let them charge you...

    I am writing this from an internet cafe next to the restaurant, after having a delicious meal. The problem is that they always try to charge you at least 20-25% more that they should. I did not complain yesterday, but today I came along to a good extent just to argue about the price if they try to rip me off again. Actually, the prices are clearly...

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  • Restaurant with view over Qala'at Salah...

    On the road between al-Haffa and Qala'at Salah ad-Din there is a restaurant with a nice view. The castle looks close but walking the serpentine road down and up it is not.I had shish kebab (chicken or lamb) with a meet that was too dry.As soon as the meet arrived to the table so did the wasps. But the staff brought some smoking coffee powder and...

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Latakia Nightlife

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    by Mcclovis Written Sep 9, 2006

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    Walking is a favourite activity in Syria - apart from eating! And the Corniche is for both. It is a long wide street along the shore with restaurants, hotels and food stalls on one side and the port on the other. At times it is rather crowded with families herding toddlers or young people just hanging out eyeing each other. The down side of it is that Lattakia is Syria's main port and the view of the huge trade ships and the gigantic cranes as they un/load containers off them ruins the idyllic atmosphere. The waves lapping at the shore on a calm day is something quite remote here.

    Lattakia Corniche
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Latakia Transportation

  • Aleppo-Lattakia Train

    Train is the best way to travel from Aleppo to Lattakia. The fare is S£155 each way, The journey takes just over 3 hours. I took the 06.10 train from Aleppo which arrived in Lattakia at 09.20 , and the 18.28 train from Lattakia which arrived in Aleppo at 22.00.The train takes you through some of the greenest and most mountainous scenery in Syria.

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  • getting there and away

    The best way to go to Lattakia from the Damascus is by coach, from Baniyas by car, service or bus and from Aleppo by train - the most picturesque train trip, I think. Booking the coach ticket early is recommended since many commuters do the (energy consuming) trip from Lattakia to Damascus every week or more! And do not forget the passport.

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  • Train to Latakia

    From Aleppo I took the train together with Morgan and Katjalin from France. We got seats in second class, which have quite hard seats with straight backs. First class looks much more comfortable with soft seats which you can lean back in and air-condition. Unfortunately there were no seats left there.I wanted to buy something to drink on the train...

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Latakia Shopping

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    by tiaomu Written Sep 28, 2004

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    Yes, this is not a discount shop, but a duty free shop. The shop in the port is available. After you give the officer your ID card or passport, you can use the shop. Photograph is forbidden there.

    What to buy: Cigaretts, alcohols, and perfumes are more cheap than in the cities.However, products made in Syria that are selled in the cities are more cheap. Be careful!

    What to pay: No additional payment except 25 SP for taxi.

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Latakia Local Customs

  • Mate (mati) drink

    Mate in Arabic (mati)is south American drink but very popular drink in Syria,Is drunk with Massasa (strow )and hot water.Those who share the mate join in a kind of bond of total acceptance and friendship.some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.1. Rich in AntioxidantsYerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it's got about 90% more...

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  • Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for...

    MAGDOUSIngredientsEggplantsSweet red pepper pasteCrushed walnutsOlive oilSaltSliced garlic (optional)The stuffingMix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.MOUHAMMARAIngredients100 gr. bread crumbs50 gr. sweet red pepper paste10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper20 gr. cumin40 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup100...

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Latakia Warnings and Dangers

  • by sardirudolf Written Jan 11, 2008

    Latakia is one of the safest cities I have ever been to. You can walk around in the city after dark; you will meet friendly and helpful people only. No mugging or robbing at all!Pickpocketing might be the only potential danger, although we have only had very positive experiences everywhere.
    Going to the souk is also a pleasurable experience compared to other Arabic countries I visited before. Vendors won't push you to buy anything if you don't want to. Certain places may overcharge you a bit, but this is not usual either ... however, considering their low prices and the fact that most items (on menus and in the shops) are written in Arabic, you wouldn't have to bother about it.

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Latakia What to Pack

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    by MalenaN Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Latakia is a city by the Mediteranean sea and there are nice beaches, at least at Cote d'Azur de Cham.
    So you should defenitly bring your swimmingsuit, sunscreen and sunglasses.

    Latakia is less conservative then other parts of Syria and here it feels OK to wear a t-shirt even if you are travelling as a single female.

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Latakia Off The Beaten Path

  • Mashqita Lake

    Mashqita Lake is a huge lake (actually a dam) located near the Turkish border. It is a favorite spot for locals to spend the weekend. You can have a nice Arabic meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the lake as you smoke shisha. Then if you fancy, take a boat ride around the lake.

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  • Slunfeh

    Slunfeh is a hill resort just outside of Latakiya. The climate in Slunfeh is cooler and is therefore a favorite summer destination for Syrians. Enjoy the cool breeze and marvelous view of the farming plains.

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  • Local sounds

    From Assads statue on 14 Ramadan St, walk a direct line from his arse to the large cafe, take the street to the right of this cafe, follow it down and cross the busy road and continue one more block and on the right you should be able to hear music (Thursday evenings only) They will let you sit inside and listen. Its a great mix of traditional...

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  • The street

    Many streets in central Latakia is running north - south and west - east, making a grid pattern. On Sharia Baghdad and Sharia al-Mutanabi you'll find many cafes, restaurants and shops.The portrait of president Bashar, or his father Assad (the former president), can be seen at many places, like along this street in Latakia. The president's family...

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  • The Museum

    The entrance fee to the museum is 150 SP, which is quite a lot for the small collection. The museum is housed in an old khan and has a few exhibition rooms. There are finds from nearby places like Ugarit, pottery, written tablets and cylindrical seals. There is also a room with modern paintings. In the garden there are sarcophagus and statues.

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