TARTOUS- Mashta al-Helou, about 233 km far from Damascus and 45 km from Tartous, is one of many tourist villages in the area and is ranked among the best tourist villages in Syria.
Mashta al-Helou is famous by its mountainous climate, being moderate during the summer and cold during the winter. It is known to snow in some winters.
Tourists find Mashta al-Helou a summer escape from the heat and enjoy its fresh air. Like much of Syria, Mashta al-Helou is surrounded by glamorous, ancient monuments that are frequented by many.
For example, it is about 14 km from Safita Tower, about 2 km from al-Dawayat Cave, and it’s not very far away from the Krak Des Chevaliers, and other tourist places.
In Mashta al-Helou, there are many tourist services like restaurants, hotels, resorts and swimming-pools.
Salwa Jazmati, an expatriate in Sweden, said the tourism in Mashta al-Helou is comparable to tourism in the most beautiful regions of Europe.
Abu Hassan, one of the investors in resorts in the region, said that Mashta al-Helo name is historically linked to its job as a winter center for preserving the silk worm seeds and Helo is the title of the largest families in.
He stressed that most of its territories still retain its green cover.
The beauty of this city is not only restricted to the beauty of nature and fresh air, but it is also surrounded by a number of archaeological and historical sites which match the world most beautiful sites like al-Dwayat Cave, 2 km north-east of Mashta al-Helou.
It is considered one of the oldest caves discovered in the Syria and played a role in protecting the revolutionists against the Ottoman and the French occupation.
It is named al-Dwayat for the existence of seven small openings in the ceiling to light up the first room of the cave.