3 The Chris­tian Quar­ter

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Head to the end of the Por t and you’ll en­ter Harat el Masi­hiyeh, the quaint Chr is­tian Quar­ter of Tyre that is home to some of the city’s fish­ing com­mu­nity and moves to its own slowed-down pace of life. Nar­row cob­bled streets twist and turn, pass­ing by cen­tur y-old sand­stone houses, serene cour tyards with flow­ing foun­tains and small gar­dens with flow­ers in full bloom. In this old com­mu­nity, daily life spills out onto the streets – wash­ing hangs out­side, fam­i­lies gr ill on the pave­ment and scoot­ers speed by, carr ying the morn­ing’s catch of fish. Here you can al­ways feel the close prox­im­ity of the sea. Wan­der down the area’s charm­ing al­ley­ways and you’ll come across a catholic church, the old­est in the area. Here too you’ll find the cen­ter of Tyre’s nightlife scene where pubs are hid­den within its nar­row streets. Star t with din­ner at the charm­ing Al Fa­nar (07

741111, 03 665016, al­fa­nar­resort.com) for a seafood din­ner on the seafront. Then head to cozy pub Tavolino

(07 740135, Al Fa­nar Street) for fresh cock­tails made with the sea­son’s in­gre­di­ents. There’s also the re­laxed pub­restau­rant Diver’s Inn (03 059052) with arched stone ceil­ings and tons of at­mos­phere and Blue Line (71 504094) which oc­ca­sion­ally fea­tures live mu­sic.

Al­ley­ways of color – Tyre’s Harat el Masi­hiyeh

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