Slinfah

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Slinfah
صلنفة
Town
Slinfah.png
Slinfah is located in Syria
Slinfah
Slinfah
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°36′1″N 36°10′43″E / 35.60028°N 36.17861°E / 35.60028; 36.17861
Country Syria
GovernorateLatakia Governorate
DistrictAl-Haffah District
NahiyahSlinfah
Elevation1,130 m (3,710 ft)
Population (2004 census)
 • Town1,847
 • Metro19,518
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ClimateCsb

Slinfah (Arabic: صلنفة‎, Ṣlenfah) is a Syrian town-resort, founded in 1929, administratively belonging to Al-Haffah District within the Latakia Governorate. It is located at an average height of 1130 metres above sea level on the An-Nusayriyah Mountains, 50 km east of Latakia city. According to the 2004 official census, the town's population is 1,847, reaching up to 19,518 inhabitants with the 25 surrounding villages in the Slinfah subdistrict (nahiyah).[1]

With its mild summer temperature, Slinfah is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Syria, both among locals and foreigners. The town is characterised with severe cold temperature and heavy snow in winter.

The historical Citadel of Salah Ed-Din is only 13 km west of Slinfah.

Geography[edit]

The town is located 50 km east of Latakia, and is located in the heart of the Coastal Mountains of Syria, with the town reaching an elevation of 1130 meters. Slinfah's highest point is the peak of the Prophet Yunis which has a height of 1300 metres above sea level. The nearby Shooh mountains are covered with 500 hectares of fir trees. Thus, thanks to its mountainous location heavy snows occur in winter, where it is mostly visited by local Syrians wishing to spend their time there.

Economy[edit]

The town's populace mainly depends on agriculture for living, with the most common being apples thanks to Slinfah's cold mountain temperatures. The town, also being a popular tourist destination, is also heavily invested by real estate businessmen who benefit from constructing vacation homes and investing in hotels in the area.

Climate[edit]

Slinfah in winter

In Slinfah, the climate is warm and temperate. In winter there is much more rainfall in Slinfah than in summer. According to Köppen and Geiger climate is classified as Csb. The average annual temperature in Slinfah is 12.8 °C (55.0 °F). About 1,282 mm (50.5 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Climate data for Slinfah
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)6.4
(43.5)
7.5
(45.5)
11.0
(51.8)
15.6
(60.1)
19.8
(67.6)
23.3
(73.9)
24.1
(75.4)
25.4
(77.7)
23.5
(74.3)
20.1
(68.2)
15.0
(59)
9.3
(48.7)
16.8
(62.2)
Average low °C (°F)1.1
(34)
1.1
(34)
3.6
(38.5)
7.0
(44.6)
10.8
(51.4)
14.6
(58.3)
16.6
(61.9)
17.2
(63)
14.8
(58.6)
11.5
(52.7)
7.2
(45)
2.5
(36.5)
9.0
(48.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches)225
(8.86)
209
(8.23)
203
(7.99)
111
(4.37)
46
(1.81)
19
(0.75)
5
(0.2)
5
(0.2)
25
(0.98)
61
(2.4)
103
(4.06)
270
(10.63)
1,282
(50.48)
Average snowy days64200000000315
Source: Weather Online, Weather Base, BBC Weather, My Weather 2 and Climate-data.org

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Latakia tourist attractions" (in Arabic). Syrian Ministry of Tourism. Retrieved 2007-01-25.