Damascus Travel Guide
Damascus is the hub of Syria and fast becoming the city of the Levant in terms of visitors and tourism. Much of this has to do with dramatic reforms over the past ten years by President Bashir Assad and its mark is left throughout the country.
This mark has resulted in an explosive growth of a reintegration process combining the city’s long and prosperous history with the contemporary world’s reality.
The result is an (as of yet) untrammeled metropolis where bargains in the old Damascus city souks can still be had, some of the best Arabic dinners in some of the best Arabic restaurants in the world can be eaten for often less than $5 a person, scores of boutique hotels that are refurbished Ottoman era mansions have opened and are opening, a new Four Seasons hotel combining five star luxury in the heart of Damascus’ new shopping district all add up to an up and coming city with a lot to offer the traveler.
Whether you are looking for a well pampered trip or a backpacker budget experience the system is well set up for you in Damascus.
Combine all of this with the Syrians themselves, one of the most hospitable and welcoming people in the world and you have a recipe for a perfect vacation destination.
Interested in staying longer in Syria? Explore our special section: Learning Arabic in Damascus
Come and explore Damascus with us:
Where to Sleep
On a Budget: Damascus Hostel
Upper End: The Four Seasons
Where to Eat (Old City):
What to See:
The Old City
The Train Station
Learning Arabic in Damascus (info mostly for US students):
Where to Learn
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