Ahlan was sahlan bi Sham: Welcome to Damascus!
Originally founded by the West Semitic semi-nomadic Aramean people and considered one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, Damascus
is the modern capital of Syria. Recently, it also became the official capital of Arab culture, so showing it has all it takes to become the new Marrakesh.
The sense of renewal is there even in the most hidden streets of the old town. Many abandoned buildings have undergone renovation and been turned into elegant boutique hotels, yet thanks to secret courtyards and multilevel terraces preserve a mysterious charm.
Addresses? The fully restored Hanania, halfway between hotel and museumhouse.
And the Talisman, famous for its spectacular pool and hammam. A true