"Afamia and Qala'at Mudeeq" Syria Off The Beaten Path Tip by maykal
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Afamia (Apamea in 'foreign talk') is Palmyra's poor sister. It is equally (if not more) impressive, but as there is no direct bus and there is a bit of a walk involved to get there from the road, it isn't that popular. When I went, it was just us and some sheep. The ruins are extensive and surrounded by green fields. On a hilltop is Qala'at Mudeeq, a castle, now containing an entire village within it's walls. Minibuses run from Hama to Skayalabiyya, and from there to Afamia - the whole journey costs around 25 Syrian pounds (20 British pence) and takes about an hour and a half. Afamia is one of my favourite locations in Syria, so I have given it a whole travelogue to itself: <a href='http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.133814/article/207/34/?s=A'>Afamia Travelogue</a>.
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