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Tannourine ... An Oasis of Nature's Unique Beauty

Tannourine village is located on the western side of Wadi al-Nadarah on the borders of Tartous Governorate. It  is about 400 meters above sea level. The area of the village is relatively large compared to the neighboring villages, as  it  intercedes a group of villages that include “Habnamra,” “Jawar al-Afs”, “Marmarita”, “Al-Matras”, “Mashta Azar” and “Ain al-Raheb”. Its population is approximately 2,400, some of them live in the village, and others in cities, especially Damascus and Homs, and there are also a large number of expatriates abroad.

Ariha .... A Tourist Destination Where Civilization Meets Charming Nature

Ariha  is a picturesque Syrian city located in the  Governorate of Idlib in northwestern Syria. It is approximately 75 kilometers away from the Governorate of Aleppo. Its population was about 60,000 people in 2010.

It has been known for its importance since ancient times and has been mentioned in many archaeological manuscripts, as the history of the city dates back to more than five thousand years.

Ariha is a very ancient historical city which has been mentioned in many archaeological and historical references, and was known as one of the ancient cities of Syria. The name Ariha, is an ancient Syrian Aramaic  meaning the" scent "or "scent of flowers", and the adjacent Zawiya Mountain is one of the most famous areas for cultivating cherries, figs, mahlab and many fruit trees and agricultural crops, which are the main pillars for the economy of the city. Some 55 towns and villages and more than 44 farms, and the sub-districts of Ehsem and Mhmbel are affiliated to Ariha.

Ariha  is located in the middle of one of the most beautiful parts of Syria. It is surrounded by olive, cherry, fig and mahlab orchards and occupies a strategic location where the Aleppo-Latakia road passes through it, as it is a rest stop for travelers lying at the crossroads between Lattakia, Aleppo, Idlib and Maarrat al-Nu'man.

Marmarita…The Town of Love and Beauty

Marmarita is a town in Homs Governorate. It is about 850 meters above sea level. It is considered a picturesque natural resort, due to its location on hills and mountains.

Marmarita is located in Wadi al-Nasara, midway between Homs and Tartous, about 55 km from Homs and the same from Tartous, and about 12 km from the northern Lebanese border, as a direct line of sight.

The charming town is surrounded by a number of wonderful green mountains, as the town's climate is moderate in summer, but it may host some rainy days, as the winter is very cold and snow falls several times during the cold winter of the region, which extends for five months.

The ancient ruins found in Marmarita indicate that this town has been inhabited for nearly two thousand years. It is believed that Marmarita was subjected to earthquakes that struck Ugarit, Lattakia and Tripoli in the pre-Gregorian and the first Gregorian eras in 540 AD, so the old city was destroyed under the mountain called Jebel Sayeh, which is 900 meters above sea level. What confirms this belief is that the Marmarita rocks are white while the stones of the mountain that embraces it are volcanic basaltic. Today, Marmarita goes back no more than 800 years. It is mentioned that the first families that migrated to it came from Horan in southern Syria, then from Lebanon and various Syrian regions.

Regarding the origin of the name Marmarita, some of the townspeople say that the name "Marmarita" is a Syriac name, and the reason for naming Marmarita with this name is that there was a church in the town called (Mar Marta), meaning the Church of Saint Martha . The others say that the name "Marmarita" was taken from a Syriac word, which is (Ma Marotha), meaning the "Lady of the Ladies" or "the Saint of the Saints".

The population of Marmarita  is not fixed, as it reaches about 5,000 in the winter, while in the summer it may reach 20,000 people , as its expatriate sons come from America, Australia and various parts of the world in addition to the tourists, whose number increases every year, to enjoy the refreshing atmosphere and charming nature of Marmarita.

Marmarita is characterized by its annual carnival, which takes place on August 14 of every year. It is called the "Lady's Day Carnival" and it is a festive, parade and religious festival. The village is also distinguished by the high percentage of its educated people and a large number of doctors, engineers, intellectuals and artists, that led to the development of the town in all aspects of social, cultural, sports, urban and tourist life. Marmarita has a number of wonderful churches and a magnificent monastery.

Thanks to the town's distinctive location, as it sits at the foot of the Al-Sayeh Mountain near the sea and the ancient castle of Al-Hosn, in addition to its beautiful, moderate climate in summer, the picturesque green nature and the unique views, Marmarita became one of the most important tourist areas in Syria, as its splendor palaces, luxurious homes, the beauty of its nature, its green mountains and canteens , natural parks make Marmarita a destination for visitors from Syria and around the world. It is the country of flowers, roses and the distinctive summer.

Amal Farhat

Ayn Elkroom... a world of beautiful nature

Syria has a wide variety of wonderful landscapes and areas of natural beauty which form an important part of Syria’s tourism map.

 Ayn Elkroom is one of the most charming tourist destinations in the Governorate of Hama due to its nature and its high views of Al-Ghab Plain and the eastern foothills of Lattakia mountains range.

The village of Ayn Elkroom takes its name from the springs of pure water and vineyards which it is famous for.

 The head of Eyn Elkroom municipality Raif Othman Asaad told SANA that the town is characterized by its unique nature surrounded by fields from all sides and it is famous for its fertile lands of red soil, expanding in wide and gradient plains, and the Orontes River passes on its outskirts, which gives it an exquisite beauty. It is known for its pure springs the most famous of them are al-Fawar spring and Tahoona al-Halawa.

The town is affiliated to Assqilbya region and is linked to a large number of villages, so it gained its geographical importance which is considered as a connection point among several areas.

Eyn Elkroom is famous for its varied crops including wheat, beetroot, cotton, corn and anise, in addition to fruit trees such as figs, grapes, pomegranates and walnuts as the residents also depend on growing seasonal vegetables.

Rawaa Ghanam

“Haba” village... a Historical Heritage Attracting Tourists

The village of Haba in Safita region is one of the most charming tourist villages in Syria, surrounded by hills that decorate it with fruit trees and beautiful valleys overlooking several tall mountain peaks.

According to the Head of the village’s municipality Nidal Deeb, the village is located in the far southeastern side of Tartous Governorate, 60 km from Tartus city and 25 km from Safita, 400 meters above sea level, and most of its 3,000 inhabitants work in agriculture.

Deeb told SANA that the history of Haba village goes back to ancient times. It includes Roman tombs and mosaics carved in the rock, in addition to the shrine of Saint Simon and the cemetery around it which date back to the fifth and sixth centuries AD.

Deeb points out that the village includes the Dormition Church, which is an old church in the middle of the village and built of white stone in the early twentieth century .

He notes the interest of the village’s residents in their historical heritage to transfer it to the new generation and so they invest in some ancient landmarks to attract tourists and introduce the history of their ancient region.

The head of the municipality underscored that one of the villagers turned an old olive press into a restaurant while preserving its shape and features such as large copper machines, tools and utensils…

Rawaa Ghanam