Homs is located in a strategic point between the Desert and the
coast in a break between the mountains known as the Homs gap. It is
an industrial city and Syria's most important oil-refining center.
It is also a main center for sugar refining and has a plant for
treating phosphates, one of Syria's largest exported products, mined
This city is very close to Tartous Syria's second port, and to
the northern Lebanese border near Tripoli. It is also the usual stop
for passengers traveling the long Aleppo-Damascus
Homs does not offer much to tourists, as it has always been an
industrial city. Although excursions to the crusader castle, Krak
des Chevaliers and other sites are available from here.