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“Nice old traditional Souk”
Review of Souk Al-Harajb

Ranked #7 of 17 things to do in Tripoli
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Nice to walk around Tripoli old souks, you see the old building, the locals and you do shopping and buying traditional things and souvenirs. I love it

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Energetic, colourful and a wonderful place to catch the action- this souk is a nice place to hang out and mingle with the friendly locals. Free to walk around of course and no need to feel intimidated.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Visiting the souks in Lebanon is great as you really get a taste of the local culture and the area. By far the souks in Tripoli have been the most different. They are manic to say the least and are not directed at tourists. They are however the dirtiest we have visited but don't let this put you off as it is what it is and is great to experience.

1  Thank Tony W
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

The ancient city is chaotic, dirty, busy, rough and can be smelly. If this is not your cup of tea then I suggest that you would hate the place. If you are brave enough to get past the staring and you are not one to feel intimidated, if you are up for a really unique experience then this is the city for you. I have visited 5 times and have never felt unsafe. I think you could spend days exploring the streets and alleys / it's like Aladdin's Cave. Spice shops, butchers (recently slaughtered animals hanging off hooks) , fish sprawled on carts, children running errands on motorised bikes through lane ways, fruit carts, traffic without streetlights , streets of gold, the list is endless, hand calved treasures. This city is not for the faint hearted and if 5 star is what your after then it is not for you. If there were not cars driving around then one would be forgiven for thinking This city were ancient. I am mesmerised by this place every time. Always haggle with prices and start by cutting it down by at least 50% while shopping. Always ask for price of taxi fare before entering to your next destination out of Tripoli. The "street of Gold" is a must see. Most of the alley ways (as opposed to the large more modern streets) is where all the unique stuff is. If you can get past the distraction of dirt and crazy whilst exploring these alleys , you will literally look up to find the most stunning ancient Arab architecture that has almost been lost over time.

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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Tripoli is a city that needs to grow on you as you explore deeper, further, wider, to come to terms with its character.

The new city has developed at a distance from the original heart of Tripoli - or perhaps, as it was explained to me by a student from the city, it is in fact three cities in one and its Greek name is therefore enduringly true today: tri (three) 'polis' (cities). Tarabulus, its name in Arabic. The Phoenicians knew it as Athar before that. Settlement dates back to 1400 BC.

Tripoli is considered to date to the 14th century BC. It boasts the largest Crusader fortress in Lebanon, the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles. Its Mamluk architecture is second only to Cairo.

There are few foreign visitors at present owing to regional security issues but it is worth travelling there at such a time. The locals helped me with directions, took me to the souk, to the coach terminal etc. as I was there during the municipal elections and there were few taxis.

1  Thank Sheri L
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