A land of contrasts, Syria offers mountains, deserts and steppes. The diversity of its landscape is a delight to all visitors.
Although Syria has few beaches, the country does boast towns and cities with a rich history. With the absence of beaches, there are very few opportunities for swimming. However, the cultural sites are worth a visit.
The Romans set up their port at Latakia. As for the crusaders, they chose Tartous. The Frank fortresses still stand erect in the area: the Krak des Chevaliers, the Marqab and the Saone castle. Budding archaeologists should not fail to visit the Ugarit site, where relics of the Bronze Age lie alongside those of the Hittite Empire, and of the Persian and Roman eras, the period in which traces of the first alphabet were discovered.
Syria is an ideal destination for archaeology lovers. Countless ruins and relics are still surviving all over the country. Palmyra is unmissable but do not hesitate to also visit the lesser known sites.