Tartus is a city founded by the Phoenicians
and fortified as typical crusader colony:
donjon, citadel and town-wall lay
on the shore as the sea-port ensured the
Tortosa was a famous place of Mary pilgrimage;
visit of the former Notre Dame cathedral, now a museum.
Depending on weather conditions, option of a half-an-hour boat trip to the
offshore island Arwad named in antiquity
Arados; in the time of the crusades, it was the last station
of the Francs and fell under Islamic rule
only in 1302.