The Soap Museum is a themed museum, in an old and vaulted place, reflecting the history of soap making in Lebanon and the Middle East, and where you will get to discover the many stages and techniques of artisanal soap making.
The place opens every day from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm. For inquiries, contact 03 887 688.
Sidon Sea Citadel is one of the city’s landmarks located on a rocky island, around 80 meters from the coast. It has distinctive architecture as it is constructed based on different techniques that represent its evolution.
Additionally, the Mamluks and the Ottomans also restored some parts of it and infused new elements into its original architecture.
The Sea Citadel also has great historic importance as it used to defend the city during medieval times.
Sidon’s Saint Louis Castle (also known as Al-Muizz Castle), is situated in the heart of the city. It was built by the Crusaders in the 13th century, reportedly on the ruins of an old fortress, on a hill that was the Acropolis of the ancient city.
The local Phoenicians used to produce their legendary purple dye there, as indicated by a talus of crushed shells of murex shells on the site.
Louis IX, King of the Franks, restored the castle during his stay in Sidon and named it the Castle of Saint Louis.
The Temple of Eshmun was a place of worship dedicated to Eshmun, which is considered to be the Phoenician god of healing.
Built around the 7th century BC, by King Eshmunazar II of Sidon, the temple also passed under the rule of Romans, who modified it by adding a colonnade, a stairway, and a monument consecrated to the nymphs.
The Temple of Eshmun is located 2 km northeast of Sidon.
Sidon’s sea corniche is a wonderful place to visit while roaming around the city, as you will get to enjoy a panoramic view over the horizon at sunset (or at any time of the day), and wander through the promenade to meet the locals!
Along Sidon’s coast, you can find many restaurants, including the Saida Rest House, which serves Lebanese food and offers a nice sea view over the Mediterranean and the Sea Castle. For more info, contact 07 722 469.