The exploration of Syria
is one of the most satisfying pleasures that remains in the field of travel.
is the world's richest resource, not only in terms of the numbers, variety and
scientific interests of its archeological remains, but also in the vivid image
of art, culture and human relations.
The Syrian Arab Republic
is located in Asia along the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It has a 175
kilometer long cost line and is bordered by Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and
185,000 quarter km
A variety of landscapes; seacoast, mountains, forests, rolling hills, fertile
valleys, desert, plains and steppes.
A pleasant and varied Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons. The
average temperature is 32 degrees centigrade in Summer, 10 degrees centigrade in
winter and 22 degrees centigrade in Spring and Autumn.
October through February: GMT+2 hours (Winter)
March through September: GMT+3 hours (Summer)
A valid passport with an entry visa.
An "8 Persons and up Group Visa" can be provided upon arrival. An unlimited
amount of foreign currency could be brought into
Syria. However, the sum
of currency allowed out should not exceed the amount brought in.
TO GET THERE
Damascus, Aleppo and Lattakia are connected with all continents by the national carrier 'Syrian Air'
and by major
international airlines. All
Syrian cities are served by buses, tourist
pullmans, cars and trains.
The monetary unit in Syria
is the Syrian Pound which is divided into 100 piasters. There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 25
metallic coins and 50, 100, 500 and 1000 bank
220 volts AC, 50 Hz
Daily Arabic newspapers as well as foreign periodicals. Local radio and
television programs are
broadcast daily in Arabic, French and English.
Telephone, telegraph, telex, email and facsimile
systems are available.
Arabic is the official language. Most Syrians also speak another
language which, most often, is English .
Government: 8:00 - 15:00
Stores: 8:00 - 13:30 and 16: 00 - 20:00 (Winter ) and 16:00 - 21:00 (Summer )
Friday is the official weekend.
There is a great diversity in the
Syrian cuisine which is
reputed through out the Arab world.
The best known dishes are Kibbeh (pound lamb meat and crushed wheat) which
itself comes in countless variations. Kabab (rotating lamb), Hummos (pureed chick peas)
Tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad), Kunafa Pastry (shredded baked wheat dough
filled with cheese, cream or pistachios, covered with syrup). Western cuisine is
also available in all international hotels and major restaurants.
Shopping in Syria
is an endless delight due to the variety, beauty and fame of
products and handicrafts such as brocades, hand blown glass, embroideries,
engraved copper-work, silverware etc.
Culture and artistic life is active all year-round. Art exhibitions are held
almost weekly. Annual international festivals for dance and music are held in
BOSRA (October) PALMYRA (May) and LATTAKIA (August). In addition, there are the
DAMASCUS international fair (September), the DAMASCUS international flower show
(May), the Cinema festival and theater festival.
Embassies of all major countries are located in Damascus. There are also some
foreign consulates in Aleppo.