Tyre (صور) is a coastal city, in South Lebanon, about 81 KM (50 miles) south of the capital Beirut. It is best known for the Roman Hippodrome, which is a part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
According to estimates, Tyre is the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon. It is home to about 60,000 Tyrians and hosts Lebanon’s second largest port.
Tyre is composed of a large majority of Shia Muslims with a significant Christian minority. Many Lebanese Americans are descendants from the city, and some still have family living in the city.
During the day, residents stroll the beach and fish around the harbor. At night, people walk the streets and enjoy delicious street food and find relaxing areas to smoke hookah.
Tourism is a major industry in the city. Many shops have come to expect Westerners to come during the summer while they are touring the Roman ruins and the King Hiram Tomb.