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Just like the calorie-laden sugary treats at its Mamluk-era souk, Sidon is loaded with historical sights. In fact, ambling around the atmospheric alleys inside the old city is like reliving history with every inch of it looking what is used to be hundreds of years ago - save for hints of modernity and generosity of the Hariri Foundation (which was the moving force behind the many restoration projects). Outside the old city, there are still more to explore: the fairytale Sea Castle, and the ruins of St Louis Castle.
As a history junkie, I thoroughly enjoyed my day trip to Sidon. While munching shawarmas and saniouras (those crumbly local biscuits) - making sure I don't succumb to the temptation of those sugary treats - I got lost in the maze of alleyways of the old city, sometimes ending on doorsteps of homes, and sometimes at public squares where you can mingle with the friendly locals and be shutter-happy with Sidon's camera-loving kids. There was even a time when I ended up in a nicely-done cafe with genuine ancient mosaics as architectural embellishments, and being offered free drinks by the very amiable and hospitable owners.
If sugary treats are not your thing, then you're not missing a lot: the friendly and welcoming people of Sidon will win you over with their sweet smiles instead. As time goes by, the images of the old city and Sidon's castles may fade, but their sweet smiles surely leave a pleasant after taste forever.
Getting to Sidon by public transportation - mainly by mini-buses and service taxis - is easy. The main terminal is Cola... more travel advice
Shawarmas are a fixture in Middle Eastern souks and this is true for Sidon as well. There are numerous shawarma stands... more travel advice
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