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Syria Travel Guide

#Syria is one of the world's unusual #travel destinations. And it's unusual for a reason: the country's testy relationship with the West has largely protected its rich history and natural wonders from the erosions of tourism.

Syria Travel Guide

The size of the country means any visitor can pack plenty in. The classic route is north-south between the big cities, with an excursion to the desert halfway – but there are plenty of variations. This guide contains everything you need to know about travelling to Syria without the tour agency such as do I need to apply for a visa? currency, and of course, the safety! In this article, we will introduce Damascus, the capital of Syria and Aleppo.

Weather in Syria

The climate in Syria is pretty dry and hot in summer and cold in winter. The coast and the western mountains have a Mediterranean climate characterized by two seasons, the hot and dry summer between May and October and the relatively cool and wet season between November and April. I recommend you to visit Syria in the summer.

Visiting Damascus

Al Azem Palace is a palace in Damascus, which was originally built in 1750 as a residence for the Ottoman governor of Damascus As'ad Pasha al-Azm. The palace now houses the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions.

​The architecture is an excellent example of Damascene traditional houses. The structure itself consists of several buildings and two wings: the harem and the salamlik. The harem is the family wing, which was a private space for the residents (originally, the Azm family). This wing includes the kitchen, servant quarters, and baths, which are a replica of the public baths in the city but on a smaller scale. The salamlik is the guest wing, and it comprises the formal halls, reception areas and large courtyards with traditional cascading fountains. Al Azm Palace is located in the heart of Old Damascus and just a few steps away from the Umayyad Mosque.

Syria Travel Guide

Basically, Al Azem Palace looks pretty ancient, old and does not look like a royal palace. Next, as the Umayyad Mosque just a few steps away from Al Azem Palace, it is worth visiting. The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus, located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world.

Visiting Aleppo

Aleppo is quite different from what you have seen in Damascus. In Aleppo, the key location you must visit is Aleppo Citadel. The Citadel of Aleppo is a large medieval fortified palace in the centre of the old city of Aleppo, northern Syria. It is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world.

The Citadel of Aleppo is a densely layered microcosm of this long and complex history. The majority of the structures on the citadel were erected by the Ayyubids in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but substantial structures are also preserved from the Ottoman period (beginning in the sixteenth century).

The place is only open from 10:00 to 17:00. No tickets are required. It is free to visit. The stone walls are mottled and weeds have grown in many places. The castle is on a hill, from here you can see the beauty of Aleppo. Blue sky and white clouds, vehicles passing on the ground, dense buildings surrounded by trees, all this look so beautiful. The castle occupies a large area and you might get lost.

​In short, Syria might not be everyone's must-go location but if you like something adventurous, interesting, and a little risk, why not?

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