The port city of Sidon is also commonly referred to as Saida…
The city has a rich history stretching back possibly as far as 6800 BC. And this participation in historical events shows no sign of abating as even as recently as the Lebanese civil war, Sidon was fought over variously by the Palestinians, Syrians, Israelis, Hezbollah and the Shiite militia Amal.
We spent a night here at the Al-Qualaa Hotel as in order to obtain permission to visit the more interesting areas in the south of Lebanon, one must apply at the Lebanese military headquarters here in Sidon.
There isn’t much in the way of tourist attractions to recommend Sidon. It’s gritty and real which may be why I liked it.
Scenes of Sidon:
An indication of some of the diverse political sentiments that can be found not just in Sidon, but all across Lebanon:
It can be fascinating to wander around street markets and the souqs of Sidon proved to be no exception:
Everyone on this street sold shoes – it was a sea of shoes:
Freshly slaughtered animals hung up to attract customers:
The harbor of Sidon:
There are guys that can be found lining the Sidon harbor who sell coffee from the back of mini-vans. Now, one might understandably be skeptical of the quality of this coffee, but my Italian who sets the bar very high when it comes to coffee standards declared the “mini-van coffee” to be among the best she experienced in Lebanon. The mini-van coffee vendors set out tables and chairs overlooking the harbor and it can be very pleasant to enjoy a coffee here and to watch the sun set over the harbor.