Sidon is the third largest city situated in the southern part of Lebanon on the Mediterranean coast. The city is located to the south of the capital city of Beirut. Along with Tyre, Tripoli, and Byblos, Sidon was one of the most important Phoenician cities in ancient times. The Greek poet Homer had praised the craftsmanship of the skill of the people here in producing purple dyes, glass, and embroidery.
Aside from these, there are also a number of other places to visit in Sidon such as the Castle of Saint Louis and the Murex Hills. The Castle of Saint Louis was once the most impressive castle for years, although it is now in ruins. Meanwhile, Murex Hill located in Sidon is one of its kind, as it an artificial structure that is 50 meters long and 100 meters high. The large portion of this artificial hill is covered by a cemetery. Other places to visit in Sidon include the Sidon Resthouse located on the waterfront, next to the Sidon Sea Castle. It is home to a Lebanese restaurant and is on the list of things to do in Sidon of many tourists as it is considered to be the best for enjoying food and refreshments in the city. Visiting the Bahaa El-Dine Mosque is also among the things to do in Sidon as it is truly a masterpiece of architecture, resembling the style of Istanbul’s famed mosques from Ottoman times. if you want to go for a cruise, head towards Ziri which is a small island near the coastline of Sidon that is ideal for day picnics and even swimming. Viewing the Largest Lebanese flag ever, is also not to be missed among the things to do in Sidon during your stay in this city.
The sea castle of Sidon is actually a fortress which was erected by the Crusaders in the early 13th century. It is located on a small island which is linked to the mainland through a causeway and was once the site of a temple to the god Melkart. Even though the castle was destroyed by the Mamluks it was rebuilt once again in the 17th century the ruins of which can still be visited today. Once you climb to the top you can get a pretty good view of the port and the older parts of the city.
At present, Sidon only comprises of two towers that are connected with each other by a wall. In the outer one, Roman columns were installed as reinforcements, but it is the west tower which has stood the test of time the best. Even though little remains of the decorations that were part of the ramparts in days of yore, there is still a lot to see in the ruins. During favorable weather conditions, you can also see a number of rock granite columns lying on the sea floor which surrounds the castle. All in all, the castle is worth a visit if you are an avid historian or a tourist.
Blessed with a history that dates back to the beginning of time, with a spectacular coastline that extends 200 kilometers from North to South and 300 days of warm and beautiful sunshine, Lebanon is home to some of the most stunning diving sites in the world, and Sidoun (located off the Saida coast) is one of them. The submerged valley extends from Beirut to the Bay of Jounie, which creates interesting underwater cliffs, drop-offs, and rocky gorges for divers to explore. The beautiful coast was discovered when Mohammad El Sarji, the president of the Lebanese Professional Divers Union; launched a diving expedition. An extraordinary discovery was made in this expedition, uncovering a gorgeous under-water island city that was literally lost in the depths of the sea near the Saida coast.
The mystic deep waters of the present Sidon (or Saidoun) the old Phoenician city that marked most of the Antiquity. As per history, the city was struck by a powerful earthquake that devastated three fourths of the city. Tidal waves were triggered by the earthquake, which covered the coastal city and the Saidoun Island under water for over centuries. Tourists from all over the world visit Lebanon to have a relaxing time at the shimmering coastline of Lebanon and make their vacations memorable.