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Tyre (Arabic: Sour صُوْر) is in a city in Lebanon.
Taxis from Beirut will cost some 20 to 30 U$D, minibusses and other local transportation are much cheaper, around 1 to 3 U$D.
You can get around the small city of Tyre by taxi, on foot or by local transportation. Taxis are pretty cheap and some are even comfortable to travel in.
Traffic is typical Lebanese - if you want to go, you must go regardless of the 'western' way of thinking in the traffic.
If you can't find a taxi, even some locals can offer you a ride inside the city, if you ask nicely.
The main hotel in the city is located on the beach with minibusses departing towards Beirut just a short walk away.
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Ancient Roman ruins in the city: parts of a city, cemetery and a large hippodrome, which is said to be the filming site for the multi-Oscar-winning Ben Hur.
The city is located on a peninsula extending west to the Mediterranean. The most western point is a nice place to observe the sun go down.
Also the markets in the western parts of the city are worth seeing.
Nothing much to do around this small city except to bask in the sun during the hot summer months. Diving and other watersports can offer something to do and the few archeological sites are quickly done.
Good places to have a meal:
Le Phenicien: Fish and Sea Food, excellent cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Skandars: Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Al Nabeel's Cake Shop: famous Lebanese speciality cake shop, wonderful and kind staff and some of the most amazing cakes you will ever eat
The Resthouse: Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Al Fanar: Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Tyros: Fish,, Lebanese and international cuisine, beer, wine liquors
Baquettos: Fast food
See above, also Diver's Inn. Night life is not so active, as there are no night clubs. The UN people might have a night out at the Skandars or the Diver's Inn.
Perhaps the best-known place for visitors to stay is the Resthouse hotel on the beach. The beach and the pool is exclusively only to the hotel's guests although others can use them too by paying a small fee - this fee is mostly to keep 'unwanted people' off the premises. At the beach you can order drinks, narghile, rent a sun chair or perhaps attend a diving course.
Al fanar has been renovated recently and is also a good place to stay in.
The Artizan Hotel, on Rue Senegal, is a second floor bed and breakfast and is popular with locals and visitors alike. The reasonable rates and air conditioned rooms, combined with beautiful views onto the Mediterranean, make it one of the best value places to stay in the city.