Considered as an unstable country for a long time, Lebanon nevertheless attracts more and more curious people. This mysterious country is full of architectural and culinary treasures while offering a very rich culture. The government gives many tips and recommendations for traveling to Lebanon safely. It is preferable to program its circuit, its housing and its modes of movement upstream. You still need to know what there is to see and do in this territory! Here are 8 high places of Lebanese tourism.
The recommended periods for traveling to Lebanon are spring and autumn. It is best to avoid summer as much as possible, as the temperatures can quickly become unbearable and could ruin your visits. To visit the country as it should, count between ten and fifteen days. To simplify their trip and at the same time reassure themselves, many tourists opt for organized trips to discover Lebanon.
- 1. The ancient city of Baalbek
- 2. Beirut, the capital
- 3. The site of Tire
- 4. Nahr Ibrahim Valley
- 5. Byblos
- 6. Qadisha Valley and the Cedar Forest
- 7. Jeita Grotto
- 8. Lebanon Mountain Trail
- Don’t forget to taste the Lebanese food
1. The ancient city of Baalbek
On Lebanese territory, several historical and archaeological sites testify to a very rich past. Even though the Baalbek site is located in an inadvisable part of the country, many tourists and locals will tell you that it is safe to visit this place.
About a two-hour drive north of the capital, this site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find monuments that testify to the passage of the Greeks and Romans on these lands during antiquity. Some of them are very well preserved like the temple of Bacchus in the image below.
2. Beirut, the capital
Beirut is often associated with chaos . Indeed, this capital is not the most organized. Very noisy, it also has very heavy traffic. However, many corners of this city are full of charm, between traditional and modern architecture. In addition to discovering the bustle of the city and strolling through the souks , we advise you to visit some places steeped in history such as the Mohammad al Amine mosque and the war museum . Above all, Beirut is known for its Mediterranean coast and its famous pigeon rock . This ideal place to find calm and fresh air after a long day of sightseeing.
3. The site of Tire
In the south of Lebanon, Tire is one of the most pleasant destinations in the region. Indeed, this one has everything to please between paradisiacal beaches and archaeological sites with a view of the sea. Something even more unique, it is possible to swim alongside turtles in this part of the country. To do this, head for Al Jammal beach!
4. Nahr Ibrahim Valley
The river of Adonis has its source in the cave of Afqa in Mount Lebanon and flows into the Mediterranean not far from Byblos. It is along this river that the Nahr Ibrahim Valley was formed. Appreciated by tourists, this valley has many plant species. There, it is possible to carry out activities such as swimming, canyoning and hiking.
This Lebanese city takes its name from the Greeks. Indeed, those occupied it during antiquity as can testify the visible ruins on the coasts of the city. In addition to that, it is the oldest city still inhabited today: its history dates back to before Christ. A castle from the Middle Ages is today the museum of the evolution of this city over the centuries and civilizations. It is therefore a city full of charm, originality and history that is very pleasant to visit.
6. Qadisha Valley and the Cedar Forest
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this valley is known for its spirituality. It brings together many religious buildings. Some therefore go there to make a pilgrimage or a spiritual retreat, while others are content to marvel at these architectural treasures and the beauty of nature. Not far from there, you can go to the cedar forest of God, the rest of what made up the plant floor of Mount Lebanon.
7. Jeita Grotto
18 kilometers north of Beirut, in the Nahr el Kelb valley, this cave leaves its visitors speechless. This is actually made up of two interconnected karst caves over 9 kilometers deep. It is possible to opt for a boat tour.
8. Lebanon Mountain Trail
For the more athletic among you, the Lebanon Mountain Trail could quickly become a new challenge. This hiking trail of more than 400 kilometers is very variable and can therefore sometimes become extreme. The key: various breathtaking panoramas across the country. Over the kilometers, you will see the different landscapes pass before your eyes and will certainly forget all your efforts.
Don’t forget to taste the Lebanese food
If you have ever set foot in a Lebanese specialty restaurant, you know how delicious these dishes are! Between moutabal , fatouche, Lebanese tabbouleh , hummus , falafel , chawarma and other dishes, your taste buds and your stomach should remember this trip just as well as your eyes! In short, during your stay in Lebanon, drop your diet and let yourself be transported by the local food…