Syria Travel Guide

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Damascus

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826,2207,66

Aleppo

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754,1834,23

Latakia

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80,180,5

Hamah

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131,421,4

`Afrin

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48,68,0

Shahba'

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33,77,0

Ar Raqqah

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0,2,0

Palmyra

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237,767,0

Manbij

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Dar Ta`izzah

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14,26,0

Busra ash Sham

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51,254,1

Ma`lula

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50,206,0

Shaqqa

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0,3,0

Qanawat

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37,122,0

Qal`at Sahyun

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3,10,0

Majdal Shams

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9,26,0

Dayr az Zawr

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5,100,0

Baniyas

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13,39,0

`Ayn Ziwan

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13,17,0

As Suwayda'

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24,51,0

Apamea

https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Syria/Muhafazat_Hamah/Apamea-1816448/TravelGuide-Apamea.html

54,320,0

Al Haffah

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0,3,0

Damascus

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  • Azem Palace

    Damascus Things to Do

    Azm Palace is one of the grand old houses that can be found in the Old City of Damascus. It was built in 1750 and served as the house of Asad Pasha Azm, then Ottoman governor of the city. Today, the complex serves as a folk tradition museum that includes a number of ethnographical exhibits on the customs and clothing of the people of Syria. The...

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  • Sheraton Damascus Hotel & Towers

    Damascus Hotels

    There's no getting around it - the Sheraton is an old hotel. This particular establishment was...

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  • jabri house

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Restaurants

    I've been many times to Beit Jabri, the atmosphere is very nice and you make an encounter of meeting either a famous Syrian actor or actress there by only having a drink or a meal there. There are different sections in the restaurant and it assures your privacy if needed and the availability to accommodate more than all your friends (I already had...

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Aleppo

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  • Citadel

    Aleppo Things to Do

    The main reason to visit Aleppo is to see the wonderful old citadel that sits on a hill in the middle of the city which is now the biggest city in Syria and i believe that it has been inhabited for 7,000 years. The citadel is enclosed by a 5 km wall with 9 gates and the present construction was completed 800 years ago. Be careful not to get lost...

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  • Beit Salahieh Hotel

    Aleppo Hotels

    The Beit Salahieh, is a lovely hotel (converted from a 15th century palace), which has panoramic...

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  • dragon great wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Aleppo Restaurants

    In 2008 August my husband,my daughter and myself with the help of 2 local police officers searched for the dragon Great Wall Tes.Sadly we found it butwas a shut down Indian rest. So we finally got Ikebana in Sherato Hotel .The chef is Malaysian.Its a Japanese / Asian rest. Really delicious.The chef is great and very knid and friendly.Definitely NOt...

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Latakia

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  • Mate (mati) drink

    Latakia Local Customs

    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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  • Cote D'Azur De Cham

    Latakia Hotels

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

    Latakia Local Customs

    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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Hamah

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  • A Pictorial Day Tour to the beautiful ...

    Hamah Things to Do

    These Pictures which paint thousands of words. If you happen to visit Syria, it is a must to have a break to visit even just drink a cup of coffee or taste a Syrian Cuisine in a Restaurant on the Riverside where you can also enjoy the pictorial beauty of the Landscape with all inclusive the the nature of Orontes River, the greeneries of the Valley...

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  • Apamee Cham Palace

    Hamah Hotels

    In December 2006, my fellow travellers and I were in Hama for only one night, on our way from...

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

    Hamah Local Customs

    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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`Afrin

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  • when is best time to visit Syrian...

    `Afrin Tourist Traps

    When is the best time to visit Syria?- The best time to visit Syria is spring or autumn, as the temperature is in the mild mid 20s. Winter is too cold and Summer is probably too hot for all but the most hardy traveler, add to that frequent electricity and water shortages during the hot summer months.

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  • Internet and Netcafes

    `Afrin Local Customs

    InternetSyrians has easy and cheap internet access. Internet is very common around the cities at internet cafes. since the Syrian upraising and crisis that started january 2011 most of Facebook and YouTube have been blocked and monitored but there are still some websites unblocked. The cafes are very friendly but in order to avoid being price...

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  • Mate (mati) drink

    `Afrin Local Customs

    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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Shahba'

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  • The Palace

    Shahba' Things to Do

    Adjacent to the Kalybé on the north side are the remains of a Roman palace. It might have been the centre of the Roman government of the city or even the rulers residence. The ruins of the palace were incorporated into a residence constructed during the Ottoman period.

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  • The Kalybé

    Shahba' Things to Do

    One of the most prominent remains of Philippopolis, this stage-like structure is believed to be a Kalybé. Such a structure, found in many of the Roman cities of this region, is of Semitic/Nabataean origin and resembles a nymphaeum. In fact, the two types of structures are so similar that the earliest archaeologists mistakenly identified the Kalybé...

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  • Hexastyle Temple

    Shahba' Things to Do

    Three and a half of the six original Corinthian columns of this temple are still standing along the Decumanus Maximus of Philippopolis (Shahba). In the modern era, these columns are now in the front porch of a house (how lucky the owners are!) but they once preceded a Roman temple. Although it was named by archaeologists as the Hexastyle Temple...

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Palmyra

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  • Temple of Baal

    Palmyra Things to Do

    VirtualTourist upgrades to it's photo system destroyed my image quality, but in 2015, ISIS packed explosive into the Temple of Baal and destroyed the real thing. The only good news is the prior to ISIS occupation, archeologists performed a photographic scan, recording the exact dimensions and colors on this building, so that theoretically at least,...

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  • Palmyra's Great Archway

    Palmyra Things to Do

    VirtualTourist destroyed the colors and quality of my scanned positives taken in 1997, but in the current period the Great Archway was destroyed by ISIS explosivesThere's a very high multiple Arch in Palmyra. It's at the end of the main street, closest to the Temple of Baal, and do doubt seeing a caravan from Asia enter through it must have...

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  • Main Street Palmyra, Part I

    Palmyra Things to Do

    Many ground and drone images reveal extensive damage, toppled and dismembered columns are the work of ISISThe main drag of ancient Palmyra was lined with a number of important public buildings and stretched for more than a half mile or so to end at the Funerary Temple. The street is not straight, as Roman roads are but takes a slight turn midway....

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Dar Ta`izzah

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  • Origins of Omayyad Mosque Architecture

    Dar Ta`izzah Things to Do

    When the Omayyad Mosque of Damascus was built in the early 8th century, the best architects and craftsmen of the displaced Eastern Roman Empire (i.e. Byzantine) were employed for the monumental construction. They utilised techniques developed in church construction and building materials from the Church of Saint John the Baptist to construct an...

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  • Mushabbak Church - The Nave

    Dar Ta`izzah Things to Do

    The interior of Mushabbak Church is in an incredible state of preservation. The church has a triple nave separated by high arches that are supported by Doric, Corinthian and Ionic columns. The western end of the church, seen in the attached photograph, has several arched windows that one could easily imagine with stained glass. Just add a ceiling...

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  • Daret Azzeh

    Dar Ta`izzah Things to Do

    The town of Daret Azzeh is located about 5 minutes away from Mushabbak Church. While not a glamour spot, Daret Azzeh is a good place for a break when visiting some of the desolate 'dead cities' of this part of Syria. The attached photo is of Daret Azzeh as seen from the road.

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Busra ash Sham

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  • Mosque of Mabrak el-Naqa

    Busra ash Sham Things to Do

    Located north-east end of the historic centre of Bosra, the Mosque of Mabrak el-Naqa was built in 1136 AD and expanded in the 13th century. It has an usual egg-shaped white cupola over a black basalt structure, and a square black basalt minaret. It is believed to have been built on the spot where the Prophet Mohammed camped in a tent on his visit...

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  • Bosra Cham Palace

    Busra ash Sham Hotels

    Bosra only has one hotel option, the Bosra Cham Palace Hotel. It is part of the state-owned 'luxury'...

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  • The Kalybé

    Busra ash Sham Things to Do

    At the north-east corner of the intersection between the decumanus maximus and the cardo rose another 2nd century AD monumental structure, the Kalybé. It faced the Nymphaeum on the opposite side, and consisted of an exedra with niches flanked by two Corinthian columns. Only the two columns and a fragment of the entablature above have survived, but...

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Ma`lula

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

    Ma`lula Local Customs

    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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  • Then I lost my eyeglasses at Ma'loula!

    Ma`lula Things to Do

    Now, I really believed in karma. I was hungry then I remember I have some bananas in my camera bag which I bought at the service van station in Damascus, I ate a couple of it and out of my mind I threw the peel on the ground while walking, in seconds I was looking for my eyeglasses --- I've lost it! Then I remember I did something wrong, I walked...

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  • Don't litter

    Ma`lula Warnings and Dangers

    I don't know if it's dangerous but surely it should be a warning. My belief in karma or the saying that what goes around comes around - was strengthened here.I was a bit hungry and I started eating the bananas I've bought at the van station in Damascus. While walking I throw the banana peeling on the ground just on the side of the St. Takla convent...

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Qanawat

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  • References & Recommended Reading

    Qanawat General

    Below are references and recommended reading:Syria - A Historical and Cultural Guide, by Warwick BallMonuments of Syria - An Historical Guide, by Ross BurnsSyria - A Selection of Reports, by Carol MillerRome in the East, The Transformation of an Empire, by Warwick BallCanatha and Philippopolis, by Hassan HatoumSyrie - Guides Bleus, Hachette

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  • Mount Hermon

    Qanawat Things to Do

    Though difficult to discern in the attached photo due to mist, Mount Hermon is quite visible from Qanawat. The town is situated on the western facing slopes of Jebel al-Arab, the volcanic mountain plateau known as the Hauran, which rises to a height of 1800 metres. Thus, Qanawat is graced by unobstructed views westwards over the Hauran and Golan...

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  • Oak Forests of the Hauran

    Qanawat Things to Do

    The Hauran countryside just outside Qanawat is blessed with a fertile soil and relatively abundant water. This is all the more a contrast in a region generally known for its desert and aridity. On the western slopes of the Hauran just outside Qanawat are not only farms, vineyards and olive groves, but surprisingly also large oak tree forests....

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Qal`at Sahyun

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  • 3 things to beware of

    Qal`at Sahyun Warnings and Dangers

    1 - the road to and from the Castle. See transportation tip.2 - Sheer height. Some areas such as roofs and stairs are not protected by railings and are not places for those who cannot stand heights.3 - Heat and dehydration. Stock well on water bottles and protective clothing especially in summer.

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  • from Latakia to Al Haffa

    Qal`at Sahyun Transportation

    Microbuses leave from Lattakia to Al Haffa regularly, Al Haffa being the village on the way to Qala'at Salah Ed-Din. Taking a taxi or a shared private microbus is also possible but I do not know the price. It is obviously negotiable. The road is crowded with vehicles of every sort since the area is an agricultural one and the road is narrow and...

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  • Motorbike taxi

    Qal`at Sahyun Transportation

    From Al Haffa to the Castle my friend and I took a motorbike taxi. This is absolutely unrecommended! The road from Al Haffa to the Castle is narrow and winding and downright perilous. At one point is passes over a bridge without railings, with cars and other vehicles occasionally coming the opposite way. To make matters worse, being the lightest of...

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  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    I am not quite sure where to post this, and it may seem like stating the obvious somewhat given the current situation in Syria but, literally this minute, I have heard on the BBC News that the British Foreign Office is now advising citizens of the UK no longer travel to Syria and that those already there leave by whatever possible means.

    Obviously, citizens of other countries should check with their respective Governments to ascertain the situation in relation to any potential travel.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Jun 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Ive come to see if theres any indication of tourists still having ventured into Syria in the last few months - as crazy as my enquiry sounds!

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