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Last updated : Nov 2009
Syria Travel Guide
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'History hounds love this place of amazing archeological treasures'

Travel warning

Following the military action in Iraq, there is an enlarged risk of terrorism in Syria.

Travellers should visit 1 of the following government websites for the latest risk assessment:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Website: www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Tel: +44 (0)870 606 0290.

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Website: www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/sos/warnings-en.asp

Syria can be divided geographically into 4 main areas, the fertile plain in the northeast, the plateau, coastal and mountain areas in the west, the central plains, and the desert and grass land region in the central and south eastern areas.

The Euphrates flows from Turkey in the north, through the Syrian Arab Republic, down to Iraq in the south east.

Damascus, which is the capital of Syria, is the world's oldest inhabited city. A central feature of this cluttered and noisy city is the Ummayyad Mosque. The 18 th century Al-Azem palace is now a national museum, featuring marvellously illuminated copies of the Koran.

Homs is a large city which is known mainly for its industry. A place of historical interest is the mausoleum of Khalid Ibn al-Walid. Located 65 kilometres (40 miles) outside Homs, Crac des Chevaliers is the most famous crusader castle in the world. Rising from an altitude of 670 metres (2,200 feet), its watch towers once afforded protection.

Latakia, which is Syria's principal Mediterranean coastal port, is a major holiday resort.

Syria's national dishes include yabrak (vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat) and kubbeh (minced semolina and meat formed in balls and stuffed with minced meat, onion and nuts).
Useful travel links
Lonely Planet Guide to Syria from lonely planet
Syria Syria's Ministry of Tourism.