The Crusader Sea Castle juts out into the Mediterranean off the coast of Sidon, Lebanon. But it is still within earshot of the call to prayer.
The castle sits on a small island where the Crusaders built it in the 13th century. To get there you must walk across a stone bridge. You can climb up the ancient stone stairs of its better-preserved tower for a good view of the port, Sidon’s Old City and the sea.
Sidon is not far from Beirut, about 40 kilometers, an easy day trip. The castle is open to visitors daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.