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Sidon - Saïda

Lebanon's third largest city, Sidon or Saïda in Arabic, is a port city located just over half an hour's drive south of Beirut. The coastal city was one of antiquity's greatest Phoenician cities, whose history goes back at least 6000 years. Due to repeated destruction by earthquakes, tsunamis and invasions, little of this great ancient city has remained, with the exception of recycled stones and Roman columns. Nevertheless, Sidon boasts a well-preserved mediaeval old city that is guaranteed to charm any visitor with its stone architecture, arched passages, mosques, churches, khans and souks. The city's symbol and foremost monument is the Crusader Sea Castle, which is located on a small island offshore on the site of the Roman Temple of Melkart/Hercules.

Lebanon itinerary in March 2005:

Beirut - Beqaa Valley - Baalbek - Aanjar - Liban Nord (northern Lebanon) - El Arz - Tripoli - Mont Liban - Byblos - Tyre - Sidon

Lebanon & Syria itinerary in Dec 2009/Jan 2010:

Beirut - Liban Nord - Tripoli - Byblos - Beqaa Valley - Aanjar - Damascus - Baalbek - Mont Liban - Tyre - Sidon

Lebanon itinerary in September 2010:

Beirut - Sidon - Mont Liban (Brummana - Byblos)

  • Last visit to Sidon: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Sep 23, 2010
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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    this page reminded me I should go back to Lebanon and explore much more.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Great Page here. I'll visit Syria and Lebanon this Sept. ur pages are useful. Thx.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    So true - old Sidon was like Aleppo. Had a great time getting lost in the souk and old city and mingling with the welcoming locals, while munching delicious shawarmas along the way.

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    one day i need to go back, since I only stopped at the castle... shame on me!!!!

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