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Syria : When and where to go?
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Syria: Climate & Weather
The coast has a typical Mediterranean climate, with very hot weather during the summer; the humid winds come from the sea, and a rather cold and rainy winter. Mountainous areas have a harsher climate with temperatures sometimes below zero in January, and snowfall is fairly common.
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What to do in Syria
Very interesting in many ways, Syria is definitely a country worth discovering: It is considered as one of the birthplaces of mankind, and many people and religions can be found surrounding it.
Damascus, the capital, is not the least of its attractions: One of the oldest cities in the world, it has many must-see sites. The old city ramparts, souk al-Hamadiyyeh, the Umayyad Mosque, the Mausoleum of Saladin, Azem Palace, the National Museum, Qassium Mountain, are some of the wonders not to be missed.
Aleppo is another ancient city and the trade centre between Mediterranean countries and Asia; you will enjoy a visit the labyrinthine souqs, the museum, and the magnificent citadel that overlooks the city.
Palmyra is the largest oasis in the Syrian Desert: You can discover the museum in the new city, but also the ruins with their immense colonnade, the citadel of Qala'at ibn Mann, and the square funerary towers.
In Hama, a quiet town, you will relax with the serenity that accompanies its situation beside the river, its peaceful white houses and gardens’; do visit the site of Apamea though with the superbly paved Cleopatra’s road.
Syria : The basics
Most European airlines fly to Damascus airport.
You must have a visa, and your stay may not exceed 15 days, unless you renew it.
The currency in circulation is the Syrian pound. The budget required for your daily expenses is fairly moderate: € 25 for a double room is usually enough and you can eat a decent meal for under €10. Transportation is generally quite inexpensive.
There are no health problems that require a comment, but as always update your normal vaccinations, and if possible add those against typhoid and hepatitis A. Be careful with the water you drink and wash your fruit and vegetables. Protect yourself from the sun properly.
Avoid traveling near the Iraqi border.
For transportation within the country, buses are relatively cheap and many of them are quite comfortable, even luxurious.
Some suggestions for those who wish to take home some souvenirs include wooden objects, damask fabric, dried fruit, chocolate, and marzipan sweets, Aleppo soap, blown glass, hookahs, keffiyeh and galabieh (djellaba).