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Lebanon is located in the meeting point of the Middle East and the West and is made up of beautiful landscapes, stunning Mediterranean coastline, impressive historical landmarks, and friendly people. Sure the country has faced its share of wars and invasions, but that’s a thing of the past. In recent times, Lebanon has emerged as a thriving tourist destination.
Beirut, the capital of Lebanon was once a popular tourist destination but the 1975 civil war had tarnished it. Nevertheless, the city has bounced back and today, stands for its vibrant nightlife, wonderful waterfront, great museums, and top-class restaurants. Some of Beirut’s major highlights include the National Museum of Beirut, Sursock Museum, Martyrs’ Square, Mohammad AlAmin Mosque, Zaitunay Bay and Raouche Rocks (also known as Pigeon Rocks). The capital also offers exciting options for day-trips like the small town of Beiteddine, located about 40km away and known for the Beiteddine Palace.
Lebanon has an impressive historical wealth and a fine example of this is the UNESCO listed Baalbek city’s well-preserved Roman ruins. During the days of Greeks and Romans Baalbek was known as Heliopolis (Sun City).
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Byblos is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and now an impressive archaeological site. The prime attractions of Byblos are its Crusader-era castle, ancient harbour and medieval town centre.
In northern Lebanon lies Qadisha Valley (also known as Kadisha Valley) – a UNESCO world heritage site known for its gravity-defying rock-hewn monasteries. You will discover hiking trails, from where you can experience stunning views of the surrounding mountain landscape including Lebanon’s highest peak – Qornet as Sawda.
Sidon (also known as Saida) – the country’s 3rd largest city was once a rich city with a glass making industry and trade links with ancient Egypt. Today you can visit the ruins of the city’s glorious past scattered all around this region. According to the Bible, this is also the place where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine.
Further south from Sidon lies the city of Tyre with Lebanon’s most pristine beaches, best accommodation options and vast Roman ruins.
Arabic is the main language in Lebanon but most people understand and speak good English. With its unique combination of Roman and Middle Eastern elements, perfect mix of history and modernity, top-notch cuisine and incredible stays, Lebanon is where the Arab world comes to party!
Baalbek’s Roman ruins are considered some of the best-preserved in the Middle-East.