WARNING: Travel to Syria is not recommended at this time due to a state of severe political crisis. The city of Homs, in particular, has seen much fighting between the Government and opposition forces, and it is extremely dangerous as of 2012. If you are already in Syria, stay away from large public gatherings and try to gain independent information about the political and civil situation. Some countries have issued travel warnings, so consult your foreign office before traveling to Syria.
With a population of 1,600,000 Homs is the third large city in Syria after the capital Damascus and Aleppo. It is centrally positioned in Syria and is home to Al-Baath University among other institutes. There are many restaurants and hotels. The old name for the city of Homs is "Emissa" or "Emizza" but in standard Arabic it is called "Hims" and "Homs" is its informal name.
There is no airport in Hims; however, you can reach the city by taxi, private car, or bus from the airports at Damascus, Aleppo, or Lattakia, or other ports of you are arriving from outside of Syria. There are bus stations in every city which provide service to reach Hims. The bus service costs 200 syrian pound from Damascus, Aleppo, or Lattakia but it costs more if you are coming from cities further away.
There are many places where tourists frequently visit in Hims including: Khaled ibnul Waleed Masjed (in arabic: مسجد خالد بن الوليد), Alnoori Grand Masjed (in arabic: المسجد النوري الكبير), Ommel Zinnar Church (in arabic:كنيسة أم الزنار) and other places, There is a castle in Hims city named "Ossama Castle" but it is just a few ruins now.
There are many Masjeds in Hims: Masjed Qubaa in Alinsha'at, Omer ibnul Khattab in Ghouta, and Masjed Arra'es in Alwa'er.
Go to the mountains , 45 km from the city center :
Mashta el Helou
Crack des Chevalier
There you can enjoy the cool weather, the beautiful view, or camp if you have a tent. Please note that a camping permit might be needed.
There are many restaurants in Hims in Ghouta street and Hamra street and others near city center .
If you are just passing though the city, definitely try the "labneh shawarma" at the big food stall inside the Homs bus station.
You can find many pubs and bars to have a drink , specialy in Al Hamidiya street
and some in Al hadara Street.
try Arak the local Syrian drink
There are many Hotels in Hims ,Assafeer Hotel in Alinsha'at is the most popular (5 stars) ,Homs Grand Hotel (HGH) and others cheaper Hotel near the city center and the Damascus road (in arabic:طريق الشام) .