The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #24 November / December 2016
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
November / December 2016 | 

Unlike the cities normally featured here, this one is very new, in the relative scope of history. Although it is the second largest city in its respective country, it was only founded in the early 20th century. As a major tourist centre, it lies on the coast and has been constantly enlarged since the 1980s.

It was settled as a small fishing village in 1905 and got its name from a local plant which grew there since ancient times. What jump started its growth was the discovery of oil in the region in 1913, although actual collection and exportation of it didn't start until 1921.

It then became part of the armed forces and was fortified against attack. It was a target during wars, especially 1973, when an unsuccessful invasion by Israeli forces was repelled.

Since then, it has returned to a more civilian role. The stunning landscape and welcoming climate combine with the long stretches of natural beaches. There are many popular dive sites, and tourists can also visit shipwrecks. So amiable are the temperatures year round that many Europeans spend the winter months, Christmas, and New Year, in the various holiday villages and hotels of the city.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: Tallinn, Estonia

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Petey: Mystery image

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.


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