Where to go when you visit Lebanon - Site 16: Saida

SAIDA (SIDON, SAIDON) is said to mean "fishing", and even today fishermen moor their boats in the small picturesque port. Sidon was the third great Phoenician city-state, rivaling Byblos and Tyre as a naval power. In Darius' time, towards the end of the 6th century B.C., it was the capital of the fifth Persian satrapy and a showplace of buildings and gardens. The town was conquered by the Crusaders after a famous siege lasting 47 days, then retaken by Saladin 70 years later.

Sidon Sea Castle - taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidon

I went to Saida almost 3 weeks ago, with these awesome guys and girls "Beirut Street Photographers" and well we shot photos :)

Below is a selection of a few photos I took in the old souk (market) of Saida.

Old Souk

Was lucky that the pink mercedes passed by the pink candy at that right moment

Candy Sales dude

This one is just weird

Carpentry, how it's made
So clean - Sukleen

Make sure Saida is one of the destinations you visit when you come to Lebanon, my next trip is to Zahle, a city in Bekaa that I love, so expect lots of photos. And on my list as well, there is Tyr... now Tyr is a whole different story :) Coming soon.



  1. You must also eat falefel at Abou Rami!!! yum

  2. I absolutely loved Saida when I went. A pink Mercedes? Now that's just pure luck! Really want to go back and discover the old souk more..didn't have a chance on the guided tour.. Amazing shots!

  3. Yasmine, I did eat falafel, I think it WAS from abou rami!

    Danielle, you should, and you don't need a guided tour, maybe we'll make a group soon and re-visit all these nice places in Lebanon


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