Difference between revisions of "Hims"
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Homs (حمص) is the third largest city in Syria.
With a population of 700,000, 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 75 syrian pound from Damascus, Aleppo, or Lattakia but it costs more if you are coming from cities further away.
There are many places which tourists used to visit in Hims ,such as 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 are castle in Hims city and its name "Ossama Castle" but it's few ruins now . There are many Masjeds in Hims: Masjed Qubaa in Alinsha'at ,Omer ibnul Khattab in Ghouta,Masjed Arra'es in Alwa'er .
Go to the mountains , 45 KM from the city center : Mashta el Helou Marmarita Jwykhat Crack des Chevalier
There you can enjoy the cool weather and the nice nature view, and camp if you got a tent.
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) .