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Crac des Chevaliers: a medieval castle in Syria

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We rented a car from Barcelona to travel through Syria and Jordan. We did it with Sixt and it came out for about 280 euros throughout the week. The office is in a mall behind the Four Seasons Hotel. It is a central place in the city and the paperwork was quite fast. We were given an automatic car and it was the first time I tried one of those ...


From Damascus it took us about three hours to arrive approximately. We made a good mess to find the detour from Homs to the castle, so if you go around look at the signs and drive slowly. The problem is that they usually put the diversion signals one meter before it.

Finally we arrived at the castle after climbing a huge slope with the car and found it in a privileged place at the top of a mountain. The entrance leaves for 150 dinars per head and on the way we take the services of a guide for 300 dinars.

Our guide, Abdou, spoke a mixture of Spanish, Italian, English and Arabic. I do not think that it was understood at times, but what was clear to us is that there were 4,000 soldiers in the castle and not a single woman.

The castle of Crac des Chevaliers is one of the best preserved castles I've seen. It is located at the top of a rock at 750 meters high with splendid views of the valley and even Lebanon. It is one of the most important castles of the Middle Ages. It is located about 60 kilometers west of the city of Homs and inside it houses passages, stables, bridges, 13 towers and a large number of rooms. The formidable structure has survived earthquakes and battles since the eleventh century and has served both for European Crusaders and Muslims as a strategic place to dominate the area.

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