11 Places You Must Visit In Sidon Next Time You’re There


Sidon, also known as Saida, is one of the oldest cities in Lebanon. It is one of the Phoenician cities and towns that have been continuously inhabited ever since they were established in ancient times, and there is a lot to see during your visit.

Cornich Saida

It’s one of the most enjoyable seaside walks you can take in Lebanon. There are plenty of good restaurants and coffee shops along the cornish.

Debbane Palace

Debbane Palace was built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Ottoman Hammoud family of Moroccan origins. Youssef Debbané bought the palace in 1800.

Khan Al Franj

Emir Fakhreddine built Khan El Franj in the 17th century to accommodate French merchants and boost trade with Europe. It’s a large courtyard with a fountain in the center, located at the entrance of the Old Souk.

The Lighthouse

The lighthouse of Saida stands on a rocky island just off the entrance to the harbor. The site is reachable by boat and can be visited, not the tower though.

Saint Louis Castle

The castle was built in 1254 by French crusaders. It was altered a number of times until the 17th century.

Sidon Sea Castle

Lebanon’s famous Sea Castle was built by the crusaders in the 13th century. It is located on a small island connected to the mainland.

The Old Souk

Located in the old town, between the Sea Castle and the Castle of St. Louis, you’ll find the old souk and its variety of stores and artisans.

The Soap Museum

Located in the old town, this museum is one of its kind. It is set in a series of restored vaults that showcase the history and methods of soap making.

Souk Al Najjarine

Keeping the artistic heritage alive, local woodworkers and carpenters can be seen crafting their handiwork at Souk Al Najjarine.

It is a famous souk, reputable for having kept to their traditional techniques and using only wood of olive trees to handcraft their products.

Temple of Eshmun

The Temple of Eshmun is an ancient place of worship that was dedicated to Eshmun, the Phoenician god of healing. It was built in the 7th century B.C.

Khan Sacy

Located in the old town, inside the City Walls, Khan Sacy dates back to the Crusaders period then the Mamluks. It has several rooms of impressive high ceilings, 3 Hammans, 3 water wells, and an oven.

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11 Places You Must Visit In Sidon Next Time You're There

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