What to do in TYRE
When in Tyre you need to visit the three main zones that divide the Coast Nature Reserve:
- – The Tourism zone (public beaches, the old city and Souks, the ancient port)
- – The Agricultural and Archaeological zone
- – The Conservation zone that includes the Phoenician springs of Ras El Ain
Due to its diverse flora and fauna, the reserve is a designated Ramsar Site. It is an important nesting site for migratory birds and the endangered Loggerhead and green sea turtle and the shelter of the Arabian spiny mouse and many other important creatures (including wall lizards, common pipistrelle, and European badger) Another authentic feel of the city is to take a stroll near the old port area and get lost in its narrow streets and old houses, take a look at the old shops, talk to the locals and perhaps hear from them some stories about the history of this great city. Aside from her unforgettable maritime experiences, the city has much to offer the lovers of history and archaeology. You will surely be amazed by the charm of this old port city.
THE OLD SOUKS
If you’d like to take a look at the old souks and shops of sour, then this is the place to spend some time in. You can walk around and take a look at the old shops, talk to the locals and perhaps hear from them some stories about the history of this great city and their everyday lives.
TYRE COAST NATURE RESERVE
The Reserve is the biggest and most beautiful remaining sandy beach in Lebanon. It is characterized by its ecological, marine and coastal ecosystem. In addition, it is an important nesting site for migratory birds and the threatened sea turtles.
TYRE FISHING HARBOR AND SOUQS
Small, but bustling with activity, the fishing harbor is the most picturesque part of Tyre, with its brightly colored wooden boats and old-fashioned boat repair shops.
AL-BASS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
This sprawling site lies 2km east of the Al-Mina site. Just past the entrance is a vast funerary complex, with hundreds of ornate stone and marble sarcophagi.
AL-MINA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Dating to the third millennium BC, these atmospheric ruins cover a large area leading down to an ancient submerged harbor. Highlights include a street paved with geometrical Roman and Byzantine mosaics.
The size of this Cathedral is a testament to the importance of Tyre under the Crusaders, who built their cathedral soon after they occupied the city in 1124 AD.