Sidon (or Saida in arabic) is a Lebanese city. It was in ancient times the undisputed capital of Phoenicia. The city was built on a promontory jutting into the sea. It was the largest port of Phoenicia. It is also called Sagette or Sayette during the Crusades and Sidon in the Bible. Its name means “fishery.”
Sidon is Lebanon’s third largest city and the largest city in the south province of Saida. It is considered one of the oldest cities in the world, located on the Mediterranean coast north of Tyre about 40 km and 50 km south of the capital Beirut.
If you visit Sidon, you should check out the coastal Crusader Castle on the main corniche/seawall area. You can’t miss it, just go up the coastal road and look for the huge castle by the sea, it is very well preserved and has easy access from the road. Across the street from the castle is an old Ottoman-era inn being renovated, and from there you can walk into the narrow streets of Sidon’s “old city” comprised of an amazing medieval-era souk that winds through blocks of alleyways and streets. You can see the old Audi soap factory in the old city and even visit the Greek Orthodox church that marks the place the Apostle Paul famously met in the book of Acts with first-century Christians while he was enroute to Rome.
One note of caution is to avoid the Palestinian refugee camps unless you visit there by invitation or with a local friend who knows the area. The Palestinians are very friendly, but some groups within the camp may not be too happy with foreigners wandering into their neighborhoods, so you should never go there alone or uninvited.
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