An important road junction, Homs is a city of contrasts. Muslim and Christian neighbourhoods offer a broad architectural diversity and atmosphere. The Muslim neighbourhood holds Mamelouk structures as well as colourful and bustling souks visited by very few tourists. Homs is also a land of pilgrimage for Christians, as it has kept a special relic: the belt of the Virgin Mary. Third city in the country in size and population, Homs is admittedly not rich in cultural attractions, but offers interesting contrasts to visitors. It is also an industrial town (textiles), although Bedouins still come along to trade their goods. Homs lies at the gateway to the desert and is an agricultural market. To finish, you can spend your evenings in the clock square, sat outside a café and enjoying the coolness of the climate.