Homs (حمص) is the third largest city in Syria.
The third large city in Syria after Damascus,the capital, and Aleppo with 700,000 population .It has a good position in central of Syria .It has Al-Baath University and many institutes.There are many restaurants and Hotels .The old name of City of Homs is "Emissa" or "Emizza" but in the native arabic it is called "Hims",and "Homs" is informal name .
There are no airport in Hims,you can reach it by taxi or private car or bus from Damascus airport ,or Aleppo airport , or Lattakia airport , or other ports of you are coming from outside of Syria .There are bus stations in every city which provide service to reach Hims , it costs 75 syrian pound from (Damascus,Aleppo or Lattakia) but it costs more if you are coming from farthest cities .
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 .
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.
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) .