Syrian Coast and Mountains

The Coast and mountains of is a region in the west of the country. It is green and fertile, relatively Christian, somewhat liberal, and dominated by Phoenician and Crusader history. The region has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

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is a major port in - population 550,000.


located near in is widely recognised as the archetypal Crusader castle.

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

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