Lattakia,Most Popular Tourist Destination

 Latakia,the beautiful coastal city of Syria, is one of the popular places in Syria that draws a large number of admirers from all across the globe. It is the main sea port of Syria on the Mediterranean. Latakia is a historical city that comprises one of the most popular tourist destinations in Syria. Latakia,  is one place that you should not miss under any circumstances. Latakia lies in the state of Syria and therefore it is well connected by all the major means of transport. Following are some of the interesting information about Latakia.

Latakia is located at 186 kilometers southwest of Aleppo. If you are traveling from the Syrian capital of Damascus, you need to travel 348 kilometers northwest. The city was and continues to be one of the most important cities in Syria. The first record of human settlement in the city dates back to the 1000 BC. In the wake of the Great conquest of Alexander, the city of Latakia rose to prominence. It was during this period that the city was renamed in honor of Loadicea, the mother of Seleucus I Nicator, the general of Alexander the Great.

During the 2nd century AD, Latakia was declared the capital of the country for a very short period by Septimius Severus. The city later developed into an important port and the main supplier of wine. The devastating earthquakes in 494 and 555 damaged the city and was rebuilt by Justinian. The Arab army invaded Latakia in 638 AD while the Crusaders recaptured the city in 1097. Saladin became the ruler of Latakia in 1188 AD.

The ruins of the ancient city are one of the most popular attractions in Latakia. Other than these remnants, there are a number of attractions that pull hoards of travelers to the city. The extensive sea shore present the vacationers with a number of spectacular beaches, distinguished by soft sand and unpolluted sea. The museum in Latakia is one of the major Latakia attractions. You can also opt for shopping a variety of things like pottery, glassware, clay tablets from nearby Ugarit.

Maysa Wassouf