Relaxing in the luxuriant mediterrean heat while being able to visit archeology and architecture which were once the cradles of civilisation is part of the quixotic appeal of visiting Basra, Iraq. With its numerous waterways and seaport stronghold of the ancient world, Basra is truly a memorable place to visit and enjoy. The many palm trees and open spaces dotted throughout the city proper makes sipping a cup of Turkish coffee and enjoying the sunshine all that much more pleasurable. Air sweetened with the aroma of some of the best dates on the planet tempts you while you contemplate which of the ancient structures to soak in the history with.
Basra was one of the great urban centres of the Sumerian civilisation of southern Iraq. Among its glories is a well-preserved waterways and canals which connect the town center with the trades of the world sailing in on the ocean. Sinbad the Sailor is to have allegedly started his magical voyages right here in Basra.
Surrounded by man-made hills known as tells, alluring to all with a sense of adventure -- including Sinbad the sailor himself, and offering the most succulent sweetly savory dates on planet earth, Basra is a heady experience for any and all who venture here.
- On the shores of shatt-al Arab waterway are verdant, succulent palm tree forest. The most lush is located in the nearby village of Abu al Khasib. Smell the salty tropical ocean spray as the warm air and gently blowing breezes tickle your senses and your fancy.
- On Al-Basra street are many dense leafy parks. Akhora is the one with the most flourishing birdlife, tree maturation, and green areas for families to picnic, enjoy the sunshine, and even squeeze in a game of chess or backgammon.
- At the beginning of the last century, Amogaiz was the premier bazaar of Basra. It is often called Indian market because the skilled tradesmen and greengrocers who sold here were intially from India. It is still a vital, sensuous market with many exotic spices, fruits, and vegetables.
- The newly built and highly modern Basra International Exhibition Centre in Maaqal is a wonderful example of modern architecture for any tourist to walk through, photograph, and take in a modern-day exhibit on a plethora of interesting topics.