For a small coastal town, Latakia has developed considerably in
the last few decades. To stop Syria's dependence on Iskanderoun and
the Lebanese ports, Latakia was equipped with a modern harbor more
than 20 years ago. It now has a University and is linked to Aleppo
on the national railway lines. As Syria's primary port it has great
economic significance for the rest of the country.
Latakia has the best beaches in Syria and to harness this, two or
three luxury resorts are situated a few miles north of the city.
Also built on the coast is the great sports complex built for the
Mediterranean games that were held here in 1988.
Historically, Latakia does not offer much, it has a quite modern
feel to it. However the ancient excavation site of Ugarit
castle are not far away, and Latakia is often used as a base for
visiting these sites.
Latakia is situated 341 Km from Damascus
and can be visited via Tartous
while it is only 183 Km from Aleppo
and can be visited by train.