Qalaat Yahmur (قلعة يحمور) is a small, compact fortress about 12 kilometers southeast of Tartus (طرطوس) in the center of the village of Yahmur (يحمور). It is in a great state of preservation, and has recently undergone some restoration. A family lived on the bottom floor of the central keep until recently, but it is now abandoned. While this is a fairly minor site compared to other castles in the region, it is easy to reach and a visit from Tartus (طرطوس) should take no more than a couple hours to visit.
Getting There: Getting to Qalaat Yahmur (قلعة يحمور) is relatively simple. There are fairly frequent microbuses to the village of Yahmur (يحمور) which depart from the main bus station in Tartus (طرطوس). These microbuses take only about 15 minutes to reach the village. The castle itself is located in the center of the village and is difficult to miss: microbuses stop right next to it.
Coordinates: 34°48’43.71″N / 35°58’13.77″E
Transliteration Variants: Qalaat Yahmour
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