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Crusaders Sea Castle

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Address: Sidon Sea Boulevard, Sidon, Lebanon
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Beautiful castle

This castle is situated in the city of Sidon ( half an hour south of Beirut). It captures your eyesight once you arrive to the city. The entrance fee is 2 $ for locals. The tour... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Constructed in the 13th Century by the Crusaders, this fortification has been reconstructed several times since then. It is located across from the souks in town and just next to the port. I stopped here with my guide at the end of a long day outside of Beirut that included trips to Mleeta and Tyre. Admission is 6,000LBP, and after... More 

Thank midway42
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle is situated in the city of Sidon ( half an hour south of Beirut). It captures your eyesight once you arrive to the city. The entrance fee is 2 $ for locals. The tour inside the castle is beautiful, especially the sight from the top of the casle.

Thank greatBeirut
Chichester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting but due to current government warning best to avoid. Hopefully the situation will resolve in the future so keep an eye on ukgov website.

Thank slj1956
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The fortress doesn't has any support information so you really need some tour guide or a good leaflet. The level of preservation is good and the connection with the sea gives you an amazing feeling of going back in time. Enjoy photos of the coastline.

Thank josefigueira
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

You've got to go and have a walk around, it'll only take 20 minutes and is good to see but it lacks any public information boards which is a shame really as there's no context. Already mentioned is the recycled columns in the walls, you see this a lot in the crusader remains in Lebanon, there's some interesting internal rooms... More 

Thank Poochops
Antalya, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Unlike Tyre, archaeological ruins in Sidon are sparse. Many columns have been recycled for use in the castle. From the castle one can get a view of Zire Island to the north and the south harbor, all part of the ancient port.

Thank Mark W
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1,477 reviews
734 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

The crusader fort guarding the Sidon Harbour is a reminder of the age and history of this fantastic country. The fort is easily accessible for a small entry fee with the views out over the sea very impressive from the top of the fort. Only problem is that the interior is not well maintained and this does detract from the... More 

Thank Tony W
Burnie, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

While it doesn't take long at all to see the Sea Castle, it makes a great stop to visit between Beirut and Tyre. Watching the sunset here is very pretty.

Thank stevenjchristie
Tallinn, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Spoiled only (on one side) by the operating port right behind it. But in the other direction the views over Saida and out to sea are fantastic and make for some great photos. The castle itself is fascinating and fairly easy to access as well.

Thank phutty
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Open to the public at a very small fee (2500 lira) per person. Amazing views of Saida and surroundings from the higher parts of the castle. Recommended climbing to the top and enjoying the beautiful sea breeze and views. You can easily spend an hour exploring the small castle and climbing to the top and enjoying the view.

Thank cbakkour01

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