This second edition of Bradt's Syria is the clear market frontrunner, offering more detailed first-hand information on sites, cultural, historical and social background, accommodation and restaurants than any other guidebook. In addition to the country's impressive historical sites, such as the Roman caravan city of Palmyra and the Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, it incorporates walking and trekking areas, wildlife and other environmental issues, while amusing snippets from literature, local anecdotes and sayings help to stimulate a genuine interest and understanding of Syria's people and the land in which they live.
Diana Darke is a fluent Arabic speaker and has specialized in the Middle East for over 25 years. The owner of an old courtyard house within the walls of Old Damascus, she is well known as a Syria expert.
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information:?History, Government and politics, Judicial system, Economy, Geography and climate, Natural history and conservation, People, Arabic, language and transliteration, Education, Religion, Arabic culture and literature
Chapter 2 Practical Information:?When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Tourist information, Red tape, Foreign missions and associations in Damascus, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Facilities for specific travellers, What to take, Weights and measures, Time, Money and banking, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public Holidays and Festivals, Shopping and bargaining, Arts and entertainment, Media and communications, Business, Buying a property, Cultural etiquette, Giving something back
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Damascus
Chapter 4 Christian villages of the Qalamoun Mountains
Chapter 5 Homs, Hama and the Southern Cities of the Dead
Chapter 6 Aleppo
Chapter 7 Aleppo to the Coast
Chapter 8 The Syrian Coast
Chapter 9 The Hawran and the Jebel Druze
Chapter 10 Palmyra and the Desert
Chapter 11 The Euphrates and the Desert
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
The book has been thoroughly updated throughout. It has newly improved and more detailed maps, and around 10% extra material. There's more detail on public transport and budget accommodation, additional information on activity holidays, and extra material on cultural and social subjects to highlight the book's special strengths and to retain its lead over the competition. There are an additional eight pages of photographs, bringing the colour content to 16 pages.