Célèbre pour son souk et ses pâtisseries
A une bonne heure au nord de Beyrouth, Tripoli vaut une visite pour son souk, d'abord, ses monuments (chateau, églises, mosquées, hammams), ensuite, et ses pâtisseries, enfin. Les meilleures sont chez "Abdul Rahman Hallab & Sons". Vous ne regretterez pas le détour!
"Le souk le plus coloré et les meilleures pâtisseries du pays"
"Seconde ville du Liban, Tripoli est connue pour son hospitalité légendaire, mais aussi pour ses nombreux monuments, pour la plupart épargnés par la guerre civile. Tripoli dévoile son histoire à travers ses superbes mosquées, madrasas, ou encore son château dont les plus anciens vestiges remontent au XIe siècle. "
Note moyenne: 8.3/10
"While we were exploring Tripoli, we decided to visit Citadel Saint Gilles thinking it was just another "historical place". We were surprised to find a piece of history in a city that is slowly letting go of its past! Beautiful place and I encourage anyone who goes to Tripoli not to miss out on such a wonderful experience :) You can then just go down to the market place and enjoy window shopping or even buying some gold :)"
"Its captivating and truly amazes you. One of the must-see in Tripoli. We spent a good 1-2 hrs over here and a great place to take DSLR shots of the city-view."
"The Tripoli Citadel is a must see! Well-preserved, with an amazing view of the city, and several cool secret passages used to connect the citadel with the city (now closed, but you can still walk down part way). If you are in Tripoli, don't miss it! If possible, bring a guide to hear some of the fascinating stories and history surrounding the castle."
"We loved this citadel because it is so grand and so prominent but yet life went on around it as if it weren't even there. It's just become part of the landscape, no queues of tourists lining up outside, no especially designed cafes or souvenir shops, no sign whatsoever that this castle was hundreds of years old. Perhaps that's not a good thing, since the government could obviously capitalise on the status on this landmark but it is obviously too busy trying to hold the country together (to the extent that there are no tour guides?), but for us it was an enjoyable experience because it was real and didn't feel like just another tourist attraction that we ticked off the list. Worth mentioning though, not the best place to bring kids or anyone with limited mobility. The old souks are within walking distance down the hill, and people are generally very helpful and approachable."
"Impressive St. Gilles’ is by no means worthy seeing, once you have ventured into Tripoli in these unstable times. Get ready that nearly no one in the city knows where this monumental XII-XIII century crusader citadel is, or cares to be too helpful with finding it (which is no wonder, considering the history of this fort). So make a preliminary research and locate it yourself on the map. I was there the day after violent street fights, when the security level was elevated. However, although the military men wouldn’t let my driver park in front of the fortress, I was allowed inside no problem. The box office was open, and I was the only visitor to fully enjoy this remarkable grandeur. But there were no tour guides available, and I was happy to have read a lot about the fortress before I came here. There is some information inside the fort, too. It is still used as a military post, so I was asked to stay away from a small part of it, where some sort of a military equipment warehouse was arranged. Other than that, and the request to be careful with photo-shooting from the walls and not capturing military men, there were no restrictions in getting around and exploring the fortress. I climbed the walls freely, went down to the vaults, browsed the labyrinths of half-ruined rooms, corridors and towers, explored the sarcophagus exhibited outdoors and the nearly gone signs on the walls that required a sharp eye to detect… The presence of military men and equipment only strengthened the sense of historic events happening here through the centuries and up till now... The fortress reigns above the city and offers fantastic panorama of Tripoli from its walls. One of the best views is over the east part of the city across the river, with the magnificent cascade of old houses, and the road copying the twist of the Abou Ali River."
"Very important and interesting place, well i think it is the first place to visit in Tripoli, it shows its great past and great history ... I advise u all to visit it, you will enjoy it, trust me :D"
"Many people will tell you to leave Tripoli and not visit. Its very north and it has a troubled past and things are not yet resolved. I refuse to see things this way and decided I had to go to the largest city in Lebanon. We went in Feb 2013 - and ... like most of lebanon i quickly realised was immune to tourists from Europe/America. We stood out in Tripoli even more as its really a 'real' city and its souk isnt tailored or built for tourism. You visit a city and a country where everything is really real and if you are a tourist you find your way and hope to find a place to eat. To enter the citadel - we walked up the steep stairs from the souk. Nice work out. The Citadel then is the highlight of Tripolo. You can read up on its history but it serves as a great reminder of what the value of Tripoli was to the Crusaders and Mamluks. I expected a bigger castle but this one is huge once you enter its compound. Walk around plenty and look for hidden places but be careful as pathways have been created which dont really tick the health and safety boxes. Obv not an issue if you're an adult but for those with children be careful. There is tons of history inside and we didnt have the opportunity to get a tour guide so we read the plaques every time we saw it. Go to the roof where you can get great panaromas of the city. Beautiful. "
"A great place to get away from the busy city life. Perfect when the sun goes down in summer and there are many people around. Kind of adds to the cheery and joyful atmosphere. At that time you will also get to see many of the local fishermen come back with their daily catch, which in most cases you can purchase "
"There is nothing much to see or do. You can get on a boat with one of the fishermen but it was so uninspiring that we declined. Even a walk by the water was just that. A walk near the water. It's not a beach it really is a port. I wouldn't even waste time going there again."
"Al-Mina is my city. I love everything in it: the sea, the weather, the people..and everything. There is many touristic sights to visit like the islands around the city which you can reach them by passengers boats. You can enjoy a nice walk on "Al kornish" which is a large road where you can walk and ride bikes and horses and enjoy some really delicious snacks. There is also a near island that you can reach it by walking on a long bridge. Enjoy the sunset on the port :)"
"Very good place to visit & have lunch with family, (Medeteranean Sea-food. Even to rent a boat to visit the islands in front of Tripoli. Visité en septembre 2014"
"Well, of course, it is nothing but a port. But I’m in principle fond of ports. Seeing them lively and busy with daily labour, with the always present fishermen mending their gear, with ships loading and unloading, and boats sailing in and out, gives an impression of continuity of life no matter what. On the sunny day that I wandered along Al Mina quay, it was impossible to believe that just a few kilometers away there were fights and shootings. Here it was life and business as usual. Even though it is believed that the Phoenician city has originally developed from here, present “modernized” Al Mina, with lots of shops and cafes across the road, makes a remarkable contrast to the old part of Tripoli. I have fairly enjoyed few quirky contemporary monuments on the other side of the quay. It is from here that you can take a boat to one of the nearby islands, including to the Palm Island with its Nature Reserve. Sadly I was too pressed in time to enjoy this experience."