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Introducing Tyre (Sour)

Tyre, 81km from Beirut, has a long and colourful history. Suffering dreadfully during the civil war and from Israeli incursions, the city remains full of Unifil troops, more than 13, 000 of whom are stationed throughout the South. Predominantly Shiite like most of the South, you’ll probably notice, on the outlying roads toward the city centre, scores of posters depicting Hassan Nasrallah, the Shiite cleric and Secretary-General of Hezbollah, and Iranian clerics and leaders including the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Tyre, like much of the South, has traditionally met with indifference at the hands of Beirut’s Maronite power brokers. Nevertheless, determined to override its troubles, you’ll find the people warm and welcoming and the city definitely warrants a visit – if only a day trip from Beirut – for its souqs and wealth of Unesco World Heritage–listed Roman remains.