Syria - Traveling
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
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Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
- Latakia: it is the main port of Syria. The tourist sector shows remarkable dynamism. The beaches must be seen. Located 16 kilometers from Latakia, there is a famous historic site: Ras-Shamra (headquarters of the monarchy of Ugarit).
- Aleppo: it is the second biggest city in the country. It is mainly an industrial and commercial area. Do not forget to visit Aleppo's old citadel, the great Jami'a Zakariyyeh mosque as well as the Meoline.
-Crac (Castle) of the Knights: a 13 tower fortress.
-Palmyra: Ruins of temples. Well-known tourist site located right in the desert.
- The Deir Mar Musa Monastery, located two hours from Damascus;
- The church of Qalbe Loze, located in a small Druze village in the Jebel al-Ala, on the road to Arim in the Belus Massif.
- Qal'at Sem'an (Saint Simeon): a very active ancient pilgrimage center.
- The great Jami'a Zakariyyeh Mosque in Aleppo.
Health and safety
To prevent traveler's diarrhea, it is advised to avoid the foods most at risk: prepared dishes eaten cold at a later hour, seafood, meat and fish if it is undercooked or badly cooked, and raw vegetables and fruits that you have not peeled yourself. Drinking water must be boiled, filtered or drunk directly from sealed bottles. Bathing in fresh water exposes you to the risk of urinary bilharziosis (or schistosomosis) although this risk is not very high, it can vary one bathing place to another, even in the same region. Do not bathe unless you can get reliable advice regarding the spot. Bilharziosis is particularly prevalent in the valley of the River Euphrates.
Time difference and climate
- Mezzes, cold or hot appetizers like hummus (mashed chickpeas), muttabal (eggplant's caviar), baba ghanouge (a combination of minced vegetables seasoned with a pomegranate sauce), Kubbehs (round-shaped flour cooked dough stuffed with beef, onion and nuts), Yabrak (vine leaves stuffed with rice and shredded beef), etc.
- Brochettes (the kebab with cherries, a specialty of Aleppo), grilled meats, kefte, mloukhia (spinach), etc.
Good Evening : Masa el kheir
Good Night : Tisbahu al khayr
Bye/See you later: Maa Salama
Bon appétit : Sahten Response: Aala albek
Please : iza bitrid
Thank You : shukran/islamou
How are you ? : kifak ?
I'm fine : mnih/tamam
I don't want anything : Ma biddi chi
What's your name? : chou ismak ?
It's very hot : fi choub ktir
It's expensive: ghali