Get a glimpse of cities in Syria
By Carlton Leisure -
One of the major counties in the Middle East, Syria is frequented by the travellers for exotic city breaks, desert adventures and some beautiful cities. But despite all this, Syria is largely overlooked and its ongoing civil war and hostile relations with the west should be blamed for it. The country boasts of impressive history, great natural wonders and plethora of fun activities that could be a dream of a seasoned traveller. The country has a large number of tourist attractions to engage travellers for few days. But nowadays, aid workers and journalists make vast majority of the passengers flying to Syria. When the gloom clears travellers would like to visit Syria and explore its top cities. Here we give a lowdown on its top cities.
Damascus is the capital and second largest city in Syria. With a history dating between 10,000 to 8,000BC, it is one of oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. There are various legends and tales attached to the city. One is that on his journey from Mecca, Prophet Mohammed saw Damascus but refused to enter the city as he wanted to enter the city only once. During their visit to the city, the guests would have an array of attractions to explore that include Souq al-Hamidiyya, Umayyad mosque; Mausoleum of Salah al-Din, Azzam palace, October War Panorama and Mausoleum of Saiyeda Zeineb. One mustn’t forget savouring local delicacies during their Damascus visit. The guests can also plan excursions during their stay in the city. While in Damascus plan a trip to Mount Qasiou from where you can get panoramic view of the city. A bathe in a Hammam is an experience you will remember for long.
Situated in eastern Syria Deir-az-Zur can be called a relatively younger city as it was founded during the Ottoman period. Sandwiched between Euphrates River and vast deserts the city offers an excellent gateway to several archaeological sites and Palmyra. Deir-az-Zur or Deir Ezzor as it is called has very little to see, do and explore for the travellers but one should visit museum and a famous suspension bridge over the Euphrates. From Deir-az-Zur, you can explore some of the famous archaeological ruins that include Dura-Europos and Mari.
Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, should be part of your itinerary. The city of Aleppo has a very conservative way of life and one should dress appropriately while visiting its markets. Most of the tourist attractions and shops remain closed on Friday so it is better to remain inside your hotel rooms. Getting around in the city is easy as large number of taxis are available to take you from one destination to another. The Citadel which is situated in the heart of the city is a popular landmark while the Souq is home to multiple shops. All of them are closed. Bimaristan Arghan, Saint Simeon's basilica and The Great Mosque are other popular draw cards.
Hama, Homs, Latakia and Tartous are other major cities that should be part of your itinerary.