Ras Ibn Hani (رآس ابن هاني) is a peninsula north of Lattakia (اللاذقية) most well-known for its luxury hotels and beach homes. While the nicer beaches on the peninsula are owned by two hotels, there are a few other beaches pleasant enough to take a swim. The peninsula also has numerous restaurants. Ras Ibn Hani (رآس ابن هاني) is a busy vacation spot in the summer, but fairly quiet the remainder of the year.
Perhaps more interesting to visitors is the bronze age archaeological site on the northern side of the peninsula. This site complemented the nearby Ras al-Shamra/Ugarit (رآس الشمرا/آوغاريت), and was founded by a king of that ancient city. The palace area, on the east side of the site, is in total larger than the main palace at Ras al-Shamra/Ugarit (رآس الشمرا/آوغاريت), covering over 8,000 square meters. It is divided into two segments, north and south, the latter including an industrial quarter in which were discovered a supply of copper ingots, probably from Cyprus. A library of tablets in Ugaritic and Akkadian was discovered in the north palace. The original palace was probably destroyed around 1200 BC after being evacuated by its inhabitants.
Getting There: Frequent microbuses travel from Lattakia (اللاذقية) to the peninsula. The trip takes about 15 minutes.
Coordinates: 35°35’18.44″N / 35°44’06.37″E
Transliteration Variants: Ras Ibn Hany
Rating: (5 / 10)