||'WARNING: Travel to Syria is STRONGLY discouraged due to an ongoing civil war. Since 2011, nearly 525,000 people have been killed. Government security forces and rebel groups are engaged in open warfare in many rural and urban areas. It is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for foreigners in Syria. If you insist on going, go with armed guides who are aware of the situation on the ground, but note that you will generally be picking a side when you do this, which may draw you into the conflict.
Even humanitarian workers need a special authorisation to get there, and journalists get captured or killed frequently.
Some countries have issued travel warnings, so consult your foreign
office before travelling to Syria. If you must travel to Syria, see War zone safety.
Northwestern Syria is the region around Aleppo, Syria. It contains the Dead Cities as well.
- Aleppo - A large souk and ancient citadel with great views
- Dead Cities – A series of towns which once formed part of Antioch. They have long since been abandoned but make an interesting stop for tourists. Al Bara boasts pyramidal tombs and formerly grand archways set on modern farm land. Serjilla is another famous dead city.
The people of Aleppo are famed for their love of food and visitors will find a great variety of excellent Syrian dishes for a very reasonable price. One dish particular to Aleppo is muhammara, a delicious, tangy, spicy red paste of olives and roasted peppers which is eaten warm with warm flatbread.
Alcohol is available only in the Christian quarter of the city where you will find beers and wines (mainly from Lebanon) and imported spirits. The drinking culture in the Christian Quarter tends to be quite mediterranean, with drinkers sharing a bottle of wine at a table with or after food.