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“Great little escape” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
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Owner description: The impressive ruins of a great Phoenician city.
Beirut, Lebanon
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“Great little escape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

A short drive from Beirut, two amazing archaeological sites, awesome public beach, great fish restaurants. Be careful with touristy looking places though.

Visited June 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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“A visit worth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

We stayed 2 days in Tyre and visited the archeological site. Al Bass is a huge Archeological Site which took us more than 2 hours to discover. There is a old Roman road, an archway and old ornate stones with sacrophagis. The best thing we found was the hippodrome where you can very well imagine how the chariot races took place. We have seen a lot of ancient Romanian sites, but Al Bass was by far one of the most impressive for us.
Further, the city has a little souck and two sides of the sea as it is on a land tongue. The city is really worth to be visited.

Visited May 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“More ancient ruins.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Tyre or as the Lebanese call it Sour (pronounced Soor) is a large and most Southern City in Lebanon, Tyre was a major Phoenician seaport from about 2000 BC onwards through the Roman period.The silted up harbor on the south side of the peninsula has been excavated by the French Institute for Archaeology in the Near East, but most of the remains of the Phoenician period still lie beneath the present town.
Tyre was built in ancient times on a small rocky island near the coast. In the 10th century BC, King Kiram of Tyre constructed two ports and a temple on the mainland sector of the city. This was the era when the famous industries of Phoenician glass and purple dye were developed.The ancient ruins are well spread in this area and Granite Columns still stand tall, although a bit worst for wear but you can still get an idea of how the old city was built, You can still see some of the wonderful floor tiles in some areas and most of the Sea Castle is still standing. Tyre is about 80Km from Beirut and well worth the drive.

Visited April 2012
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Baghdad, Iraq
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“Good overnighter”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

Most people venture down here for a day trip from Beirut, but it is a bustling city and the old town is great for a stroll and finished with some fresh fish from the many port area restaurants. Tyre has more old town (a little raw also) charm than some of the cities in the north. More laid back than Beirut but certainly a place to spend a night for dinner out and prices are reasonable.

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Brooklyn, New York
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“Beautiful Roman Ruins and Unique Beaches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2010

This city also has old ruins and a full size amphitheater. The ruins consist of a land city and an underwater city that fell during an ancient conquest. It is said that scuba divers are allowed to dive to see the underwater city but I did not try this myself. Otherwise, very extensive and beautiful ruins.

The Sur beaches are some of the most beautiful in Lebanon. Their sand is much finer and more beautiful and the Mediterranean is wonderful. There are plenty of seaside restaurants and lots of tourists/foreigners around all the time. Enjoy!!

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