SYRIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia.
From the Euphrates to the Mediterranean, every part of Syria has been touched by history. A land of Biblical tribes, Syria’s most beautiful legends were born where the sand has turned to stone. Home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the country has a diverse variety of both historical and archaeological sites, from ruins of the great Greek, Roman and Byzantine Empires, to the legacies of the Nabateans and the Palmyrans, the Crusaders, Marmalukes and Ottoman Turks.
Travel to Syria is emphatically discouraged due to an ongoing civil war. Foreigners are at risk of kidnapping, injury or death. The war has caused total destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, and power and water utilities in many areas.
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SYRIA QUICK FACTS
Currency: Syrian Pound (SYP)
Area: 185,180 km²
Population: 16,91 million (2018)
Religion: Sunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
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SYRIA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 1 Jan New Year’s Day
- 8 Mar Revolution Day
- 21 Mar Mother’s Day
- 17 Apr Independence Day
- 1 May Labor Day
- 6 May Martyrs’ Day
- 6 Oct October Liberation War
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Also, Maulid an-Nabi, Western Christian and Orthodox Easter, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Al Hijrah, Ashura
FESTIVALS IN SYRIA
SYRIA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Syria experiences a largely Mediterranean climate. Summers are usually very dry with high evaporation rates. In most parts of the country, summer temperatures tend to exceed 30°C. During the winter, temperatures are moderate to cold. Temperatures are influenced and moderated by proximity to the sea and elevation. The annual average temperature is 18.1°C on the coastal plain and 15.2°C in the mountains.