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Introducing Aleppo

The Old City of Aleppo (Haleb in Arabic) can seem like an evocation of The Thousand and One Nights, and once lost in Aleppo’s magical and labyrinthine souqs, you won’t want to be found. But Aleppo has so much more, with the lovely and predominantly Christian district of Al-Jdeida, and it’s here and in the Old City that you find some of Syria’s best restaurants and boutique hotels. The city is outwardly more conservative than many of Syria’s other cities (you’ll see more women wearing the chador than elsewhere), but beneath the surface there are plenty of friendly, fun-loving locals keen to introduce travellers to the city’s many charms.