I am sure many of you are wondering why am I publishing such a post on Mawtoura. I’m angry! I have always been angry witnessing such a great city with great potentials getting dismantled, for years, by its own politicians who happen to be one of the richest men on the planet.
I am not from there but I live close by, and this city had always held a special place in my heart. With the right people in charge, which could happen tomorrow in the municipal elections, the city can restore its potentials and place it back on the tourism map locally and internationally, and here’s why:
1. You can walk end to end.
Tripoli is small, flat and the majority of the streets run parallel to each other, so you can practically park you car and walk the entire city. You can also use a cab which is very cheap. Isn’t this what we do when we travel?
2. While walking, you can enjoy its wide variety of authentic food.
Whether you like salty or sweet, Tripoli offers a wide range of authentic food in its restaurants or street carts. You cannot simply miss them!
3. Old Souks just like the ones you are astonished with when you are abroad.
Yes people, Tripoli has the largest old souks in Lebanon.
4. Turkish bath houses / Hammams
5. An international exhibition center.
Triploli is the house of “Rashid Karame International exhibition center”, one of the five biggest centers in the world in terms of dimensions and variety of constructions”. This center, if handled right, could bring fortunes to this poor city.
6. Traditional mosques and churches.
7. A huge citadel
Built in 1308, the citadel de Raymond de Saint-Gilles overlooks the entire city and have a breathtaking view.
8. Beaches and islands.
Apart from the different beaches and resorts, Tripoli has few islands that you can actually go to and enjoy your day. The Rabbit island, one of the most famous ones, has crystal clear water and sand beaches, and you can enjoy a wide variety of water sports and activities.
9. It’s cheap!
You can literally have breakfast, lunch and dinner, smoke shisha, and go to the beach for under 30,000 LL.
photos courtesy of www.lebanonuntravelled.com