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Sidon (Saida)
Sidon (Saida)

Sidon (Saida)

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69 Reviews
Free admission
Sidon Sea Boulevard

The Basics

Most travelers visit Sidon, like so many other sights in Lebanon, on a day trip from Beirut, but it is also possible to base yourself in southern Lebanon and explore from there. Tours typically take in the castle, khan, souks, Great Al-Omari Mosque, Temple of Eshmun, and perhaps the Soap Museum. Most also include Sidon’s biblical twin city, Tyre, farther south along the coast, and a stop at the shrine of Our Lady of Mantara in Maghdouché.

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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut

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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
star-4.5
$42.00 per adult
The tour guide was very friendly and...
The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The spectacular Roman ruins in Tyre are a must-see and the visit to the soap factory in Sidon was very enjoyable. Maghdouche was interesting also. I would have liked more time for souvenir shopping but everything else about the tour was excellent.
Sebastian, Oct 2012

Recent reviews from experiences in Beirut

star-4
Great introduction to the history of southern Lebanon
UQWozza, Oct 2019
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
My wife and I did this as an easy introduction to important historical cities on the south coast of Lebanon. Our guide Waleed was very knowledgeable and friendly, and gave a good commentary as we moved from sight to sight. My only minor complaint was that the bus got very hot on some legs of the trip. Other than that I would have given 5 stars for the trip.
star-4
Nice guide, good locations
marcoJ3607UA, Aug 2019
Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
The tour was well organised and the guide quite knowledgeable. Lunch was satisfying and in a great location. I'm only not much impressed by Sidon, but Tyre was worth it.
star-4
Bucket list checked
Alohagisele, Oct 2019
Small Group Tours from Beirut to Sidon, Tyre and Maghdouche
So happy to check off my bucket list of seeing Sidon and Tyre and in one tour! Our driver was very personable and professional getting us to our sites, caring for our needs and giving us history and details. At Tyre the professional guide was provided and he was so good at explaining the site and history. Lunch was at a posh hotel, poolside, on mountain overlooking ocean with a Lebanese spread. Unfortunately many of souk shops were closed bc of heat. I would have like a short time to shop at the open ones.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sidon is well worth a visit for history buffs and photographers.

  • The Soap Museum makes a great day out with kids.

  • Sidon is a conservative Muslim city. Women will feel more comfortable covering shoulders, upper arms, and legs.

  • Some Sidon sights are accessible for travelers who use wheelchairs.

  • Safety in Lebanon has come into question due to political tension and violence, according to the US Department of State. Travelers considering a visit should refer to their government’s travel advisories for the latest information.

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How to Get There

Sidon is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 27 miles (44 kilometers) south of Beirut and 24 miles (38 kilometers) north of Tyre. Catch minibuses in Beirut from Sahraa Square or the Cola station, with other services onward to Tyre. There is no public transport to the Temple of Eshmun.

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When to Get There

As with anywhere on the Mediterranean, try and avoid visiting Sidon’s attractions on weekends during the summer peak season (roughly mid-July through August). Be aware that mosques close for Friday prayers. Keep an eye on Lebanese–Israeli relations when planning travel in southern Lebanon.

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The Temple of Eshmun

The trading empire of the Phoenicians occupied much of the territory that now makes up Lebanon until it was conquered by Persia in 539 BC. Not many structures remain. One site that does, however, is the Temple of Eshmun, dating back to the seventh century BC and dedicated to the city god of Sidon. While far from spectacular, the ruins are a place of pilgrimage for history buffs.

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