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[[Image:LatWelcome.jpg|thumb|Welcome sign on the Lattakia Train Station]]
 
Lattakia is a city extending back to Ancient Greek times, and continues to be an important commercial port for Syria today.  The city itself consists largely of white stucco highrises and streets lined with palm trees, and the most popular beaches are along the coast to the north of the city.  Lattakia is home to one of Syria's largest universities, Tishreen University, and the city tends to be relatively socially progressive and liberal (by Syrian standards), with a mixed population of Christian, Alawi, and Sunni inhabitants.
 
Lattakia is a city extending back to Ancient Greek times, and continues to be an important commercial port for Syria today.  The city itself consists largely of white stucco highrises and streets lined with palm trees, and the most popular beaches are along the coast to the north of the city.  Lattakia is home to one of Syria's largest universities, Tishreen University, and the city tends to be relatively socially progressive and liberal (by Syrian standards), with a mixed population of Christian, Alawi, and Sunni inhabitants.
  

Revision as of 08:37, 8 June 2008

Latakia (اللاذقي) is a major port in Syria - population 550,000.

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Welcome sign on the Lattakia Train Station

Lattakia is a city extending back to Ancient Greek times, and continues to be an important commercial port for Syria today. The city itself consists largely of white stucco highrises and streets lined with palm trees, and the most popular beaches are along the coast to the north of the city. Lattakia is home to one of Syria's largest universities, Tishreen University, and the city tends to be relatively socially progressive and liberal (by Syrian standards), with a mixed population of Christian, Alawi, and Sunni inhabitants.

Get in

By train

There are trains to/from Aleppo, Tartous and Damascus (overnight sleeper) - for timetables see http://www.cfssyria.org/en/national_trips.htm.

Get around

See

Lattakai region one of the nicest in Syria,from the green mountains till the sandy beaches north with many important archeological sites like Saladin castle(UNESCO world heritage site since 2006)& the ruined Phenecian city of Ugarit where the first aklphabet was discovered.

Qala'at Saladin A few miles from Latakia - A castle built on a headland overlooking a valley, the builders cut a huge channel at the rear of the castle to separate it from the rest of the headland, but left a column of rock in the middle to rest the drawbridge on. Forethought!

Ruins of Ugarit

The Beach

Do

Buy

Eat

  • Al Siwar, (On the corniche). Probably the best-known restaurant among locals, with a beautiful view of the sea. Thus, one of the more expensive options in Lattakia, but still moderately priced. Serves good Syrian mezze and kebabs, as well as fish.

Drink

Sleep

  • Safwan Hotel, al kornish al gharbi, facing city hall, 00963 933 376900 (). run by a TINTIN fan Mohammad & his family,one of the friendliest budget hotels in town, hospitable & open minded owner Mohammad Ziadeh, 22 different roooms & a popular roof dormitory
  • Hotel an-Nour, Sharia 14 Ramadan, 423 980 (fax: 468340). Simple, clean hotel, rooms overlook main street. TV and Fridge, owner can organise trips in the locality
  • Le Meridien, (About 10km north of the city center), (963)(41)428736 (fax: (963)(41)428732), [1]. The most expensive option in the city, but with a superior private beach and full amenities of a Le Meridien hotel
  • Cote d'Azur Cham Hotel, (About 10km north of the city center), (), [2]. A large (3,000 bed) Syrian-run hotel that rivals the Le Meridien in price and somewhat in service. Private beach in one of the better areas on the Lattakia coastline.

Get out

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