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"Habnamra",… A village of springs and caves

Habnamra village is 65 km away from Homs. It is situated in the area known as Wadi al-Nasara.  It is surrounded by a variety of thick  forests full of oaks, arbutus and terebinth.

 Historical accounts confirm that the village was  once the scene of migratory tigers, and this is why it was called tiger pit or tiger den. It is said that it was a place where tigers fought within a wide square that extends from the current, Mary Spring to the Saint Marina shrine, so it was called "Harb Namra", (the war of tigers), according to what was stated in a book by Dr. Elias Tannous Obeid . Thus, with the passage of time, it turned into Habnamra.

The Syrian Exploration and Documentation Society Discusses the investment of Al-Samra coast in Lattakia

The project  of investing and rehabilitating the coast of  Al-Samra town in Lattakia was the focus of the event, which was  organized by the Syrian  Exploration and Documentation Society, "I am Syrian"..

About 250 volunteers from  different Syrian university students with multiple specializations took part in the activity.

The Secretary General of the society   Khaled Nwelati told  SANA  that this activity  aims   at supporting internal  tourism ,  revitalizing volunteer work and shedding light on the natural, topographic and environmental components  in Syria.

Tourism Situation in Tartous:

The Syrian tourism industry is facing big problems and obstacles, similar to the neighboring states of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Coronavirus pandemic and the inflation of prices as well as the shortage of male professional tourist staff due to conscription were the main problems affecting the tourism sector in Syria. 

Syria’s tourist officials and managers expressed to Syria Times these problems and how they work hard to overcome them.

“Beit El-Wadi” Cave ... a Unique Tourist Attraction in Tartous

The Cave of “ Beit al-Wadi “  is one of the most magnificent  and important caves in Syria as it represents  a   historical and natural treasure  and enchants  all  its visitors due to  its internal and external beauty .

The Cave of “ Beit El-Wadi” is located  in the town of Dwair  Reslan in  Tartous  , 18 km north -east of Draykish.

It  is a famous  natural artistic   underground, and although it was closed years ago before  visitors, the surrounding area is still a destination for lovers  of popular tourism, where it is located in a green area  among  a  group of fresh springs and rivers.

Deir Shmaeil ...Where Springs Equal the Number of Days in the Year

 Deir Shmaeil, is a quiet village with a beautiful unique nature where 365 springs equal to the number of days of the year stem from its fertile hillsides and flow everywhere, endowing nature with more beauty, splendor and greenness. Its magnificent castles and monuments, which depict the authenticity and deep-rooted civilization throughout ages, have increased its splendor and glory.

Ghaith Khateeb, head of the village municipality said that the village is located on the eastern chain of coastal mountains, 50 km away from the city of Hama on the western side. It is well known for its springs, the most important of which are the springs of Ain El-Joza , Ain El-Tineh, Ain El-Delb and Ain El-Abed, in addition to its enchanting view of the Deir Shmaeil Dam and the magnificent El-Ghab Plain. It is surrounded by gorgeous forests that give the locals and visitors an exceptional opportunity to relax, rest and to experience living in the enchanting nature.

Khateeb went on to say that the village’s location in the mountains and amazing view of the valleys, gives it a fascinating beauty, referring to  its archaeological importance, as it is close to Abu Qubeis Castle and Kulaib Lake, in addition to the  many archaeological sites such as Abu Qubeis Tower, Al-Zeer Stone and the ancient water mills.

He stressed that the village offers distinguished tourism services, as there are many cafeterias and restaurants along its cold  fresh springs, pointing out that the villagers depend on irrigated crops such as cotton and fruit trees including nuts, olives, berries and peaches.

Amal Farhat