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Tartous (Arabic:طرطوس), an ancient city on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, is the second largest port in Syria after Latakia and had a population of 115,769 in the 2004 census before the current civil war.


The city is a summer vacation spot for many Syrians. Many hotels resorts are located in the region. The port is home to a Russian naval facility.

Get in[edit]

As of 2017, rail services is limited to twice daily trains from Latakia, all long distance trains are cancelled indefinitely. The national operator CFS provides timetables at their webpage. 1 Tartous railway station is centrally located.

Get around[edit]

Map of Tartous


  • 1 Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa (كاتدرائية طرطوس‎). Former Catholic cathedral erected during the 12th century. It has been described by historians as the best-preserved religious structure of the crusades. Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa (Q1749276) on Wikidata Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa on Wikipedia


The only inhabited island in Syria which has been settled since at least the 2nd millennium BC.

  • 2 Citadel of Arwad (قلعة أرواد).


Go by boat to Arwad Island.



Tabole Fatoush Hot Fish + Syadiah




  • 1 Holiday Beach Resort, +963 43 631 970. A major resort located a few kilometers north the city that remains open despite the ongoing civil war.
  • Menchie (Raffoul), Place Menchie, +963 43 220616. Check-out: 11:00. Low Budget hotel. Hotel is close to bus station. Next to Tartus museum. Owner is a nice man, he has also shop in the same building. Rooms are clean.
  • The Republic Hotel. Budget hotel. Rooms are dirty and stink. Staff (owner) doesn't speak English.
  • Daniel Hotel. Nice hotel, with clean rooms and bathrooms.



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