Tyre
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The impressive ruins of a great Phoenician city.
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Wafa K
Beirut, Lebanon41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Every year we spend 3 days weekend in Tyre. This year, we were a big group and Tyre was very disappointing. Owner of businesses have become very very greedy when it comes to money. Prices are so high and Everywhere you go they ask for a “relatively high” minimum charge that sometimes you don’t reach and obliged to spend anyways (restaurants, beach, drinks). Beach was very dirty and hotel asked for a regular market price but didn’t provide even proper services (like ac and internet). I bad experience all in all.
Written June 4, 2022
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Natalia T
Athens, Greece281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
On a tour organized by the Greek Community of Beirut we were able to visit both Tyre sites with an excellent guide. I highly recommend the visits. As it is very hot either early morning or late afternoon. On the way back you should also visit les ateliers de Tyr where craftsmen and artisans produce wonderful products. Not to be missed!
Written May 19, 2018
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RanaWakim
The Marina, United Arab Emirates58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Business
Tyre is the most beautiful city in Lebanon. Despite the numerous ravages it has witnessed and still is witnessing, you will all feel the deep history of Tyre & its neighboring villages the moment you set foot there.
Its beaches look the same as the south of Spain beaches and its old town is such a jewel.
i never have enough of walking in Tyre, smelling Tyre & living Tyre.
Written June 30, 2015
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Kathy_Ba77
Berlin, Germany74 contributions
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May 2012 • Friends
We stayed 2 days in Tyre and visited the archeological site. Al Bass is a huge Archeological Site which took us more than 2 hours to discover. There is a old Roman road, an archway and old ornate stones with sacrophagis. The best thing we found was the hippodrome where you can very well imagine how the chariot races took place. We have seen a lot of ancient Romanian sites, but Al Bass was by far one of the most impressive for us.
Further, the city has a little souck and two sides of the sea as it is on a land tongue. The city is really worth to be visited.
Written June 7, 2012
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Kevin M
Loughrea, Ireland54 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Solo
Well you could say that Tyre is in itself one large archaeological site, that dates well back into prehistory. The place is covered (literally) in ruins that cover the Phoenician period, the Greek and Roman periods, the arrival and subsequent departure of the Crusaders...the list is endless. Most people would come to view the Hippodrome which is the second largest Roman chariot racing arena apparently ever discovered and where incidentally the film Ben Hur was shot and it is impressive and very cheap to enter. You should purchase the small handbook at the ticket office as this also covers the other two archaeological attractions, one is the Phoenician and Roman ruins on the 'city' site which were part of the original island city of Tyre before Alexander the Great built a causeway out to it from the mainland enabling him to put the inhabitants to the sword, and the other interesting site is the Crusader Cathederal, where the Kings of Jerusalem were crowned. For the more energetic there is spectacular snorkelling around the now submerged parts of the old city, where you can swim (often in the company of turtles) around large granite columns and along sunken streets. Tyre is a destination not to be missed when in Lebanon
Written February 19, 2015
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Charbelbousaba
Paris, France98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
Tyre (sour) is a lebanese city south of Lebanon, 80 km from Beirut (1h 30min drive).
It is one of the best places to visit in Lebanon. It has impressive ruins, located in 2 sites in the city.
El Bass is the site where the Roman hippodrome is located, it is really impressive ! The other site is just on the sea, where you can enjoy tens of roman columns and the mediterranean in the background. you could spend hours exploring the ruins if you love history and archeology.
The other attraction in Tyre is the Beach, clean beach stretching 4 km with crystal water. There are plenty of kiosques nearby where you can by drinks and food. The best one is cloud 59 located at the end.
You can also enjoy a visit to the old city of Tyre where you can wander in the streets, interact with locals...
Written August 21, 2012
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Zeina
Lebanon43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
If you like history, this place is the place to go in Lebanon with its amazing historical sites. and if you like beach, Tyre has the best beach in Lebanon, it has the rocky and it has the sandy beach and both are amazing and have lots of cafes there where you can sit and eat, drink and do activities like kayaking, run, volleyball, etc. and it is beautiful ambiance, cheap and not sophisticated.
Written November 5, 2018
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Adrian B
Beirut, Lebanon175 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Friends
Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city. Today it is the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon.The city has a number of ancient sites, including its Roman Hippodrome which was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

Tyre was founded around 2750 BC according to Herodotus and was originally built as a walled city upon the mainland.

The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish, known as Tyrian purple.

There is the famous "Arch of Hadrian" and one of the best hippodromes in the region were constructed during the Roman empire.

The background of the ancient city and the Roman Hippodrome shows how badly the site is managed where modern buildings and poor houses surrounds the site.

There is an entrance of 2.3$ per person. It takes 20 mn to visit quickly the whole site including the Arche and the Hippodrome.
Written September 4, 2017
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Wissam-AlRasheed
Baghdad, Iraq303 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
while you are Tyr or Sour (I cant remember exactly which one is the old name and the new name of the town) this Ancient Roman Site is a must see site. while I was there I couldn't stop thinking about how was the life there at the time of Roman. I think that this place need to get more attention from the Authorities Lebanon.
Written July 13, 2014
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MaieH
Beirut, Lebanon42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Spending two days in Tyre was a delight for me, not only because I got to see my friend who lives there, for two days, but because I was caught off guard by places that I had not expected.
The city is a port city, and the old area by the sea, the main port, had many interesting attractions. First, there was the large structure that the municipality had built, to allow the buying and selling of vegetables and fruits. Think, a modern-day farmer's market, only integrated into the urban fabric by this steel and wood structure. A very nice touch. Then the actual port had interesting features, such as the skeleton of a boat that was in the process of construction, and who could miss the locked display of "treasures from the sea", where you could buy Phoenician objects, coins, sculptures, even pharoah-like things that were supposedly "found at sea". ALL FAKE, do avoid, but still. entertaining. Dinner by that port was impeccable, at a casual dining place called Abu Tony, you can get fresh fish, fresh shrimps and the Lebanese salad Fattouch at a good price and of great savory taste! Being by the sea in the evening with the fresh breeze made the experience even more savory.
We spent the two days exploring the archaeological sties. There are three. One called Al Buss Archaeological (the largest one, with both Byzantine and Roman ruins), the one by the sea (with the columns and baths) and the one called the Crusaders archeological site because of the small Crusader structure in it. This one is on the mainland and enclosed, one cannot enter. No matter, the main issue at hand is the fact that much can be done to organize those sites and maintain them, if not for culture and heritage then at least for tourism! One advice: yes there are no gift shops in ANY of those sites, however make sure at the Al Buss site to ask at the entry gate for the available local book on Tyre. It's a small book, A5 size, but very informative and written by scholars who have researched Tyre, well illustrated too. It's not on display you have to ask for it. I got mine, (which they fetched from the storage) at the rate of $10 and worth it. There are a few maps in there as well, which you will not find anywhere else. Finally, get your photo taken by the lighthouse near Al Fanar, it has quite a character, this little structure. I would definitely recommend paying a visit to Tyre, if you're in Lebanon and are exploring the country. There should be more information on the web about what's there, but once you actually get there you will find there is much to see.
Written May 1, 2014
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