Aleppo - and northern Syria by extension - is a fairly conservative city. A lot of burqa is seen and it is convenient to dress properly when visiting the city. The historic center is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is not for less.
Visit to the Citadel of Aleppo
We begin the visit through the fascinating citadel that protects the city. It is located on top of a hill and right in front of the ancient city. You will see it easily from all angles of the city. The citadel was built in the middle of the third millennium BC. but the parts that today converge - and impeccably in many areas - date of the thirteenth century.
The entrance to visit the place leaves by 150 Syrian pounds.
As in many of the tourist places in Syria or the Middle East, you will not find signs with explanations of each place. The interesting thing in the citadel is to walk through its interior, enjoy the spectacular views of the horizon and the city from its high walls. There is a coffee at the top with prices not too exaggerated, so it is ideal to stop for a while, sit down and enjoy a good tea with beautiful views which in my opinion is the most beautiful city in all of Syria.
Walk through the Soup of Aleppo
From the same citadel you can see the framework that runs through the historical streets of Aleppo. There are covered areas and others uncovered. Entering it is like diving into the Middle Ages.
It seems in Aleppo's souk that time had not passed. You will see women in burqa carrying bundles on their heads, children working beautifully carrying merchandise from one place to another. Sellers exhibiting a thousand and one items. It is best to let go and enjoy the human spectacle that seems never to end.
The Umayyad Mosque
This mosque was also built by the Umayyads just like their sister in Damascus. The two are from the same era - 7th century - and both are very similar in their construction. Tourists can enter it without problems and enjoy the art it houses and its extensive interior square with children running around.
Inside the mosque are the remains of the prophet Zacharias. In the prayer room we saw a few reading religious texts and a teacher instructing his students how to recite the Quran correctly. One sits resting his back on a column of the eighth century and enjoys the show relaxed. You don't need TV or internet in Syria ...
Where we sleep in Aleppo
We slept In the new part of the city.
It is located about 10 minutes west of downtown. It was a middle class hotel called Emar and is located on Bustan Kol Ab street. In this area you will find most cheap and not-so-cheap hotels and hostels in the city. The triple came out for $ 45 and the place is more than decent.
Where to eat in Aleppo
For diner We chose a good restaurant. After the car hours we had hit we decided to get a good binge. We got on a half-crazy taxi driver to whom we taught the word “tune” in Spanish after observing the circus in motion that he had mounted inside his car and took us to the Bazaar to Charq. A splendid restaurant, beautiful and with good food. With starters and main courses we were raised to an average of six euros per person and enjoyed a good shisha to end the day.