Oyoun Al-Wadi” Village...The Glamor of Nature and Creativity

The abundance of its fresh springs and the beauty of the picturesque nature there, made the village of "Oyoun Al-Wadi" a destination for those wishing to enjoy the wonderful nature and fresh air due to its unique location as it mediates the governorates of Homs, Hama and Tartous.

The village, which rises about 650 meters above sea level and enjoys moderate climate in summer, is surrounded by a group of hills with many springs, the most famous of which are Ain Al-Dayaa, Ain Al-Hallaj, Abu Othman, Al-Basal, Al-Fawar, Ain Al-Qassuma and others.

The village is surrounded by mountains, namely the mountains of Dimas, Rumati, Dhahr al-Deeb, and Bala'a. These mountains are covered with forest trees such as laurel and oak, in addition to the plains and poplar trees that grow on the banks of rivers.

In the plains surrounding the village, the people grow fruit trees, including apples, which are a staple crop, along with peaches, cherries, peaches, pears, grapes and figs, in addition to grains such as wheat, barley, corn, lentils and chickpeas.

Tourism licenses three new facilities at a cost of 1.6 billion Syrian pounds.

Damascus,(ST)-The Tourism Directorate in Lattakia granted three licenses to tourist facilities during July and August of this year, at a cost of one billion and six hundred million Syrian pounds.

The Ministry of Tourism said in a statement, which SANA received a copy of, that the licenses include the construction of a two-star restaurant in Al-Qardaha, Al-Maran area, two modified tourist qualification forms for the property of the Burjuman restaurant with a two-star level, as well as a two-star tourist qualification for the “Obaskai” restaurant.

These establishments have a capacity of 570 seatings and provide many job opportunities for graduates of hotel and tourism institutes and other specialties.

Haifaa Mafalani

Tannourine ... An Oasis of Nature's Unique Beauty

Tannourine village is located on the western side of Wadi al-Nadarah on the borders of Tartous Governorate. It  is about 400 meters above sea level. The area of the village is relatively large compared to the neighboring villages, as  it  intercedes a group of villages that include “Habnamra,” “Jawar al-Afs”, “Marmarita”, “Al-Matras”, “Mashta Azar” and “Ain al-Raheb”. Its population is approximately 2,400, some of them live in the village, and others in cities, especially Damascus and Homs, and there are also a large number of expatriates abroad.

Ariha .... A Tourist Destination Where Civilization Meets Charming Nature

Ariha  is a picturesque Syrian city located in the  Governorate of Idlib in northwestern Syria. It is approximately 75 kilometers away from the Governorate of Aleppo. Its population was about 60,000 people in 2010.

It has been known for its importance since ancient times and has been mentioned in many archaeological manuscripts, as the history of the city dates back to more than five thousand years.

Ariha is a very ancient historical city which has been mentioned in many archaeological and historical references, and was known as one of the ancient cities of Syria. The name Ariha, is an ancient Syrian Aramaic  meaning the" scent "or "scent of flowers", and the adjacent Zawiya Mountain is one of the most famous areas for cultivating cherries, figs, mahlab and many fruit trees and agricultural crops, which are the main pillars for the economy of the city. Some 55 towns and villages and more than 44 farms, and the sub-districts of Ehsem and Mhmbel are affiliated to Ariha.

Ariha  is located in the middle of one of the most beautiful parts of Syria. It is surrounded by olive, cherry, fig and mahlab orchards and occupies a strategic location where the Aleppo-Latakia road passes through it, as it is a rest stop for travelers lying at the crossroads between Lattakia, Aleppo, Idlib and Maarrat al-Nu'man.

Marmarita…The Town of Love and Beauty

Marmarita is a town in Homs Governorate. It is about 850 meters above sea level. It is considered a picturesque natural resort, due to its location on hills and mountains.

Marmarita is located in Wadi al-Nasara, midway between Homs and Tartous, about 55 km from Homs and the same from Tartous, and about 12 km from the northern Lebanese border, as a direct line of sight.

The charming town is surrounded by a number of wonderful green mountains, as the town's climate is moderate in summer, but it may host some rainy days, as the winter is very cold and snow falls several times during the cold winter of the region, which extends for five months.

The ancient ruins found in Marmarita indicate that this town has been inhabited for nearly two thousand years. It is believed that Marmarita was subjected to earthquakes that struck Ugarit, Lattakia and Tripoli in the pre-Gregorian and the first Gregorian eras in 540 AD, so the old city was destroyed under the mountain called Jebel Sayeh, which is 900 meters above sea level. What confirms this belief is that the Marmarita rocks are white while the stones of the mountain that embraces it are volcanic basaltic. Today, Marmarita goes back no more than 800 years. It is mentioned that the first families that migrated to it came from Horan in southern Syria, then from Lebanon and various Syrian regions.

Regarding the origin of the name Marmarita, some of the townspeople say that the name "Marmarita" is a Syriac name, and the reason for naming Marmarita with this name is that there was a church in the town called (Mar Marta), meaning the Church of Saint Martha . The others say that the name "Marmarita" was taken from a Syriac word, which is (Ma Marotha), meaning the "Lady of the Ladies" or "the Saint of the Saints".

The population of Marmarita  is not fixed, as it reaches about 5,000 in the winter, while in the summer it may reach 20,000 people , as its expatriate sons come from America, Australia and various parts of the world in addition to the tourists, whose number increases every year, to enjoy the refreshing atmosphere and charming nature of Marmarita.

Marmarita is characterized by its annual carnival, which takes place on August 14 of every year. It is called the "Lady's Day Carnival" and it is a festive, parade and religious festival. The village is also distinguished by the high percentage of its educated people and a large number of doctors, engineers, intellectuals and artists, that led to the development of the town in all aspects of social, cultural, sports, urban and tourist life. Marmarita has a number of wonderful churches and a magnificent monastery.

Thanks to the town's distinctive location, as it sits at the foot of the Al-Sayeh Mountain near the sea and the ancient castle of Al-Hosn, in addition to its beautiful, moderate climate in summer, the picturesque green nature and the unique views, Marmarita became one of the most important tourist areas in Syria, as its splendor palaces, luxurious homes, the beauty of its nature, its green mountains and canteens , natural parks make Marmarita a destination for visitors from Syria and around the world. It is the country of flowers, roses and the distinctive summer.

Amal Farhat