Apamea Travel GuideBrowse travel reviews, 2 travel blogs and 155 travel photos from real travelers to Apamea.
Apamea is overlooked by many tourists who stick to the Damascus - Palmyra - Aleppo - Krak des Chevaliers loop. Their bad, as Apamea may well be one of the highlights of a trip to Syria.
An easy half-day trip from Hama, Apamea lies up in the grassy hills that mark the border of the Orontes valley. The modern town is largely uninteresting, though its setting on a steep hill, topped by a citadel, is worth a look.
The main attraction, however, is the ruined old Roman city that was formed in the 3rd century BC. Apamea boasts a 2km long cardo (main street) aligned with colonnades of which one half is still largely intact.
Furthermore there are ruins of a theatre, some elaborate villas and cathedrals and the town also boasts a mosaic museum which is well worth a visit.
Every year Apamea is literally visited by more sheep than tourists, which means that unless a tour group has just stopped by you will have the site almost entirely to yourself.