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Sidon

Listed under Towns in Sidon, Lebanon.

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As you arrive in town it looks a little like many a European seaside town, with parking spaces along the seafront and plastic tables with sun umbrellas where you could sit and take a drink. The public beach was completely deserted although I imagine that at the weekend families congregate here, but in this strongly Muslim area it’s probably not the place to show off your new bikini - you can save that for the swanky beach clubs along the coast between here and Beirut. Practically the first place you see as you get into town is the Crusader sea castle, built in the 13th century. You pay your money at the booth and walk along the short stone causeway up to the ruined fortification. It’s a bit tumble-down but we had fun clambering up the steep steps of the remaining tower up to the roof where you can get a view towards the harbour and see the small ferries going by.

There were no explanations, signs or any guides that spoke English but our guide book told us all we needed to know. After looking around the sea-castle we crossed the road and sat on the shady terrace of the smart restaurant opposite with a cup of coffee and watched the world go by. Once refreshed we headed into the side streets away from the waterfront to search of the Soap museum we’d heard so much about but were disappointed to find that it was shut on Fridays. We should have remembered that Friday is the holy Muslim day and Sunday is the holy Christian day and the museum is shut on both. The soap in question was once produced in great quantities for use in the bath-houses or hammams and the museum itself is housed in an old soap factory on the edge of the souk. We peeped through the window and could see a stylish array of bath products on sale in the gift shop and I was sorry not to have had the chance to buy some souvenirs.

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