Like most coastal cities in Lebanon, Sidon (Saida in Arabic), 25 mi/40 km south of Beirut, was a Phoenician settlement founded around 4000 BC. Its name means "fortified," but this didn't stop a long list of invading armies over the centuries.

An earthquake inflicted heavy damage in 1837, but there's still plenty to see: the picturesque Crusader Sea Castle (on a small island connected to the mainland by a walking bridge), the Great Mosque (originally a Crusader church) and a colorful souk with a traditional Soap Museum. Be sure to visit the Khan al-Franj, near the souk. Originally an inn for traveling merchants, it has been restored and now serves as a cultural center. The Temple of Eshmoun is north of town and is one of the best-preserved Phoenician sites in Lebanon.

Request Full Destination Guide

To request access to the full version of this destination guide, please provide your email address below. Your email address will only be used for verification purposes and will not be used for marketing purposes.

Email Address  

  Copyright ©2020 Northstar Travel Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  Your Travel Specialist
  Travel Shoppe

7461 North First, Suite 102
Fresno, California 93720
  CST# 2004780-10  
  Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter