Sidon (Arabic: Saida صَيْدا) is in a city in Lebanon. The people (population: 100,000) are largely Sunni Muslims.
Take a bus or a car for a 1-hour drive from Beirut.
Getting around in Sidon as in all Lebanon is best by taking a taxi. Cabs provide two services 1. A Taxi ride with a fare charge of 5000 L.L. around 3.25 $ and 2. "Service" is the word you use to permit other passengers to board and then the charge is 2000 L.L. around 1.25 $
- Sidon Sea Castle. 9am-6pm. Sidon's main attraction. Built by the crusaders and with great views of the city and the harbor. LL3000.
- Eshmon Temple. The ruins of the temple of the Phoenician God of healing.
- Great Mosque. A very old and peculiar looking mosque by the sea.
- Fishing port. Pleasant place. Watch the fishermen repairing their nets. Buy fresh fish.
- Djebel. A 50 meters high and 375 meters long hill of rubbish on the sea shore. Nothing nice, but impressive. Located at the south of the city.
Traditionally made soap: from the old Souks, facing the Sea Citadel.
Lebanese Sweets: For traditional sweets, go for the locals' favorites: Groupy Sweets (Seaside road), Baba Sweets (Eastern Boulevard), Anwar Sweets (Siti Nafissi street).
The following restaurants offer traditional Lebanese food: Zawat, Al Arabi, Abed Al Wahab, Al Mandaloun, Al Mamlouk.
For quick and cheap snacks: Baba snack, Abu Rami's Falafel.
Local restaurants and chains: El Padrino, Crepaway, Leil Nhar, Come Si Come Saj, Sushi Bento.
International chains are also available, such as: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, KFC, Dunken Donuts,
Due to it's more conservative nature, alcoholic drinks are not offered in the city's restaurants, cafes or supermarkets. However delicious chunky fruit cocktails, julabs, Amar El Dine, tamarind juice and other types of traditional juices are offered in the city's "juice shops".
- convent ((forgot its name)). Nice place providing a calm courtyard. Dynamic and friendly tender. Clean enough. Breakfast not included. It is located in the souk : from the port, when you face the Khan, follow the street on its left, then turn right up the street. The convent is on the right side on the street. dbl:LL20.000.
Due to ongoing violence, it is not safe to visit the Ein el-Helweh refugee camp within Sidon (November 2013). The rest of the city is safe.