Saida and Echmoun

Saida Travel Blog

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Coastline at Saida
People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

On our first full day in Lebanon, Julia and I decided to take a day trip down the coast to the town of Saida. A public bus ran from the cola terminal in Beirut, which cost 1500LL ($1) and took just over an hour. A Falafel shop by the sea was about all that was open when we arrived, so we ate this for brunch and then set out to explore the centre.

There was a Crusader castle situated 50m off shore and linked to the mainland by a walkway, but it looked in a pretty sorry state and i was pretty bored of castles, so we opted to view it from a distance.
Hanging light at the Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
Following the coast we soon came to Khan al-Franj, which was constructd in the 17th Century AD and housed a useful tourist information centre. Having picked up some free brochures on several of Lebanons main attractions, we continued to the Great Mosque al-Omari. From here we wandered around some Souqs and tried to visit some other Historical buildings, but all of them were closed, which was rather disappointing.

It was only early afternoon, but we felt like we were done with the City, so decided to go to Echmoun, which is an old Phoenician Temple Complex that dates back to the 7th Century BC. As we knew the rough direction, we set off walking the 4kms to the site, as the taxi drivers wanted 10,000LL ($7), which was ludicrous. Already it was becoming apparent that the Lebanese taxi drivers were some of the worst in the World, which really is saying something!

It took 45 minutes to walk to Echmoun, and when we arrived the caretaker was sat alone and waved us in.
Flowers at the ruins of Echmoun
There wasn't a great deal remaining in all fairness, just some floor mosaics, carvings and a couple of stone walls. Thankfully the weather was good, so we sat in the grounds and soaked up the sun, before the caretaker kicked us out at 15.00, as he wanted to lock up. We wandered back to the main road and flagged a minivan down and this took us back to Beirut for 2000LL ($1.33).

In the evening Mahmoud had three of his friends over, so we sat around eating Dinner and chatting and then Ahmad drove us to the cinema with two of his friends. The movie we watched was called Slumdog Millionare and it was about an Indian kid who grew up in the slums and ended up winning 'Who wants to be a Millionaire'. It was a really well made film and i highly recommend going to watch it, if the chance should arise.
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Coastline at Saida
Coastline at Saida
Hanging light at the Great Mosque …
Hanging light at the Great Mosque…
Flowers at the ruins of Echmoun
Flowers at the ruins of Echmoun
A boat off the Saida coast
A boat off the Saida coast
Saida coastline
Saida coastline
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Crusader Sea Castle at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Khan al-Franj at Saida
Souq at Saida
Souq at Saida
Street in Saida
Street in Saida
The Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
The Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
The Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
The Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
The Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
The Great Mosque al-Omari in Saida
Saidas coastline
Saida's coastline
2 people watch the waves crash in …
2 people watch the waves crash in…
Yellow flowers and a church, at Sa…
Yellow flowers and a church, at S…
Yellow flowers at Saida
Yellow flowers at Saida
Small fortress at Saida
Small fortress at Saida
Julia with a huge flower at Saida
Julia with a huge flower at Saida
Julia with a huge flower at Saida
Julia with a huge flower at Saida
Church at Saida
Church at Saida
Church at Saida
Church at Saida
Mosque at Saida
Mosque at Saida
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Yellow flowers at Echmoun
Yellow flowers at Echmoun
Yellow flowers surround the base o…
Yellow flowers surround the base …
A pillar and part of the Temple at…
A pillar and part of the Temple a…
A pillar and part of the Temple at…
A pillar and part of the Temple a…
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Carved figures at Echmoun
Carved figures at Echmoun
Carved figures at Echmoun
Carved figures at Echmoun
Lion sculpture at Echmoun
Lion sculpture at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Mosaic floor at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Ruins at Echmoun
Saida
photo by: Deats