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Welcome to Sidon (Saida)

Sidon (Saida)

Lebanon's third-largest city, Sidon (or Saida, in Arabaic) - a city full of interesting cultural sights and fantastic shopping opportunities - makes for a worthwhile excursion from Beirut. Located just 25 miles (40km) south of Lebanon's capital city, Sidon is primarily a destination for day-trippers from Beirut. By far the main attraction of the city is its legendary stretch of covered market-places (souqs), where tourists eager to find some Lebanese souvenirs can shop to their heart's content. A bustling, atmospheric place, shopping in Sidon's Old Souq makes for a wonderful cultural experience. Other notable sights in Sidon include the Sea Castle (a fortress built by the Crusaders in the 13th Century), the Sidon Soap Museum, and - pick of the bunch - the Temple of Eshmun, a Phoenician structure erected in honour of the god of healing, and dating back to the 7th Century BC.

Information & Facts

Arabic is the official language. French and English are also spoken.

The official currency is the Lebanese Pound (LBP), which is divided into 100 Piastres. The Lebanese Pound is locally known as the 'Lira'. ATM machines are widely available in Lebanon except in isolated towns and cash can be withdrawn from banks during business hours. Credits cards are widely used and travellers checks in US dollars are accepted at major exchange offices.

Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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