Maaloula trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
Ma'loula, Maaloula, or Ma'lula is a town in the Rif Dimashq Governorate in Syria. The town is located 56 km to the northeast of Damascus and built into the rugged mountainside, at an altitude of more than 1500 m. It is known as one of three remaining villages where Western Aramaic is still spoken, the other two being the nearby villages Jubb'adin and Al-Sarkha (Bakhah).Etymologyis from the Aramaic word '''', meaning 'entrance'. Until recently, the town was dominated by speakers of Western Neo-Aramaic.PopulationAccording to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Ma'loula had a population of 2,762 in the 2004 census. However, during summer, it increases to about 10,000, due to people coming from Damascus for holidays. Half a century ago, 15,000 people lived in Ma'loula.Religiously, the population consists of both Christians (mainly members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church) and Muslims. For the Muslim inhabitants, the legacy is all the more remarkable given that they were not Arabised, unlike most other Syrians who like them were Islamised over the centuries but also adopted Arabic and shifted to an Arab ethnic identity.Plan your vacation with our Syria sightseeing planner and discover the best things to do in Maaloula.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Maaloula
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Maaloula
Places to visit with Maaloula
Recently planned trips to Maaloula
60 days in Syria BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Syria BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 23 days in Syria BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium