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Why Should You Visit Basra Governorate in Iraq

The Basra Governorate is the largest of the 18 provinces in Iraq, located in the south of the country on the Shatt Al-Arab waterway. It borders Iran and Kuwait, making it an important port city for commerce. It is also popularly known as the “Venice of the East” due to its wealth of springs, orchards, palms, and canals.

Basra has much to offer in terms of tourism, such as its diverse natural resources as well as the abundance of cultural landmarks and ancient sites. Among the ancient monuments, which are mostly found in the surroundings of the city, are the historical sites of Sumer, part of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia, and the nearby great Marshlands of southern Iraq, which are an important breeding area for thousands of migratory birds.

Basra also possesses a long history in terms of traditional crafts and is the home to some interesting souks, like the Baniyuri Souk, a centuries-old textile market. Mala’ab souk is a great spot for shopping and exploring. The Basra Fish Market is a must-visit for seafood lovers, offering the freshest catch of the day.

As an “open museum”, Basra offers a unique opportunity to discover its long and rich cultural and historical heritage. Whether you’re interested in culinary delights, traditional crafts, or exploring archaeological sites, Basra is a valuable destination for any traveler looking to uncover the secrets of Iraq.