Lebanon Off The Beaten Path

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    Street in the refugee camp
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Lebanon Off The Beaten Path

  • Les Cèdre (El Arz)

    Located at 2000 metres above sea level, but only 45 minutes by car from the coast, Les Cèdres, or El Arz in Arabic, is a small village a short distance above Bcharré. The village is famous for being the highest ski resort in Lebanon and also for containing one of the few surviving cedar groves. The ski resort is not Lebanon's fanciest, but is the...

  • The American University in Beirut

    Intensive Summer Course in Arabic at AUB. (CAMES)Most of the students are Americans of Lebanese descent in their 20s, however there are a few Europeans, and US expats in their 30s-40s here too. The majority of the crowd is young, hip and single. The strict "no Englidh" policy is rarely enforced. I wouldn't come here expecting to increase much in...

  • Moussaylha Castle

    On the way to Tripoli from Beirut, off the main motorway in a green plain surrounded by wooded hills lies the abandoned castle of Moussaylha. It was built in 1624 by the rebellious Emir Fakhreddine to protect the north-south road. The fort's site on a protruding rock along the road was quite strategic and is thought to have been used to protect the...

  • Ski Lebanon!

    Lebanon's mountains receive a tremendous amount of snow in winter, a fact unknown to many who have not visited the country. Only on a trip to Lebanon, especially in the winter months, does one realise that these mountains are covered in lots of white stuff! Despite the amount of snow, Lebanon's ski resorts cannot claim to be as extensive as the...

  • The Temple of Echmoun

    About 3km north of Sidon, on the banks of a river called Nahr el-Awali, lie the ruins of the the Temple of Echmoun. It was dedicated to the Phoenician god of medicine and healing, the most revered in Sidon at the time and one that was later equated with the Graeco-Roman god Asclepius. The temple was an imporant pilgrimage site for over a...

  • Deir Nouriyeh & Ras Chekka

    One of countless monasteries of various Christian sects around Lebanon, the Greek Orthodox monastery of Deir Nouriyeh is located in the Liban-Nord province about 50 km north of Beirut. It is built on the edge of a 200 metre cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Ras Chekka, a limestone promontory that contains a forest of olive and oak trees...

  • Qadisha Valley

    One of many deep gorges cutting through the Lebanon Mountain range into the Mediterranean, Qadisha Valley is known to be the most picturesque. It is located in the Liban-Nord province (northern Lebanon) and runs from Les Cèdres (El Arz) at over 2000 metres all the way down the coast, with snow-capped mountains surrounding it much of the year. For...

  • suprises in south lebanon

    make sure if u visit south lebanon to take in saida & sour that u make the time 2 c castle beaufort( qala 'at ash - shaqif )a former crusader castle a pearched high on a mountain it a execellent site with breath taking view & very pleasing to photograph & also al khiam prison camp very badly damaged by missiels from isreali warplanes in 2006 . some...

  • The Aussies were here

    Australian troops in Lebaanon during the war built the railway line that runs along the coast. If you leave the main Tripoli-Beirut highway a few kilometres north of Byblos and come right down to the coast you wil see the old line still there. The Rising Sun badge of the Australian Army can be seen on the stone pylons of one of the bridges.The...

  • Baalbek,travel thru Hezzbollah camp

    without connections i wouldnt have travelled to Baalbek,my girl new the govenor of the becca valley's son thru nightclubbing,so he guided us thru the hezzbollah camp ,and there were check points were they stuck machine guns in the car and asked for papers,but what ever thie gov's son said,we got right thru to the best preserved roman temples in the...

  • Kfarhim Grotto

    On our way from Beirut to Deir al-Qamar in 1995 we passed the village Kfarhim and saw a sign of a grotto. The Kfarhim Grotto is a small natural cave. They told us it was discovered 80 years ago. The cave has stalagmites and stalactites, but was not very impressive. During our visit we saw that the cave was decorated with multi-colored disco...

  • Kahlil Gibran bust

    This huge bust is located in a small town called Bsharri, between Tripoli and the famous cedar park, with hundreds of these trees (the cedar is the symbol of Lebanon and it appears in the flag).The monument consists in a huge stone head at the entrance of the hilly city where Kahlil Gibran was born. In spite of having lived in USA (he died in New...

  • Excursion to Baalbek

    Baalbek is pretty much just a bunch of ruins but it has great historical significance. It was originally erected as a temple by the Eastern Roman Empire. Then when the Eastern Roman Empire fell, the Turks took it over and converted it into a bath. Since the Turkish rule, this area has fallen into many various country's hands most notably Syria...

  • Beqaa valley

    In the Beqaa valley the fruit and vegetables grow to enormous size because the soil is so fertile.Extraordinary heavy weights and sizes are quoted for watermelon, potatoes and tomatoes. Seeing is believing, so go to a stall selling greengroceries and admire the 'giant' fruit.

  • Baalbeck

    Baalbeck, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved. Towering high above the Beqaa plain, their monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. The gods worshipped here, the Triad of...

  • Aanjar

    Aanjar, 58 kilometers from Beirut, is completely different from any other archaeological experience you'll have in Lebanon. At other historical sites in the country, different epochs and civilizations are superimposed one on top of the other.Aanjar is exclusively one period, the Umayyad. Lebanon's other sites were founded millennia ago, but Aanjar...

  • Nahr el-Kalb -aka Dog River

    15 km north of Beirut, the highway passes through a tunnel and over a small river before heading on to Byblos and the north.The narrow defile through which the Dog River runs, so narrow men could only pass in single file, was for centuries the only way through the mountains from the coast. A tradition that began with Rameses II's Egyptian army has...

  • Nahr el-Kalb

    There is a small rough parking area at Nahr el-Kalb - you need to make a swift exit to the right off the freeway as soon as you come out of the tunnel.To see all the stelae involves time and a bit of effort - you'll need to cross over to the other side of the road via some steps and a bridge and there is one as far down as the Mameluke bridge you...

  • The best wine in Lebanon

    The wine made by Chateau Musar is undoubtedly the best of Lebanese wine. Most of the grapes are grown in the Bekaa but the wine (and arak) is made at the winery just north of Beirut.Free tours of the winery are available but must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and a time will be given for your arrival. It is worth this extra effort. We had...

  • Deir Mar Antonius

    The steep and winding road that takes you deep into the Qadisha Valley to the Maronite Monastery of St Anthony of the Desert ends at the gatehouse and from there it's a short walk down to the monastery itself. The church is built right into the cliff-face, the beautiful facade leading into a vaulted stone church where the cave itself foms part of...

  • Right to the top

    As the road rises to the top of the mountain, the snow piles higher and higher. Even in late May, it was still as high as the roof of the bus in places.Where else in this part of the world could you have a snowball fight in the morning and be sitting in an outdoor cafe by the sea for lunch?Once across the watershed the road descends in a series of...

  • Across the Bekaa and up the mountain

    The Bekaa Valley is a huge fertile plain lying between the Anti-Lebanon mountains to the east and the Lebanon range to the west. Orchards and farms cover the flat land, with small villages here and there, before the road starts to rise into the mountains. Here the land becomes rougher and wildflowers and scrubby trees take over from cultivation.The...

  • Chateau Ksara - wine from the Bekaa

    The acres of vineyards around Zahle give you the first indication that you are in wine country here. The local winemakers are Ksara, and they've been making wine here for centuries.A tour of the winery includes a short video explaining the history and the process of wine-making at Ksara and a walk through some of the ancient tunnels dug into the...

  • Jabran Musee

    this is Jabran house, here you will see his books, his notes, bed, paintings,,everything that belogns to him.

  • Bechrie Village

    go out of the bustle of that crowded city of beirut, go north, way north,,over the mountain wayyy over the mouanin, almost 2 kilos up there, when you reach this village you dont want to come back, soo beautiful, so lovely, no wonder Jabran Jabran was a poet

  • Weddings

    ok this tip will more interest the ladies i guess, but it is always beautiful to see weddings, this one was in a church near Solidere Street

  • Beit Alqamar

    Beit alqamar is a small village south of beirut, there is a small yard there called Kameel Sham'oun where -they say- kameel shamo'oun was killed at, now they have a bazzar there selling handmade crafts, and an old lady making one of the best Saj sandwiches you will ever taste.

  • Kayaking in the rivers of Lebanon

    There are many rivers crossing wonderful landscape in Lebanon and the best way to explore some of them is to join one of the canoe kayak club in one of their activities, especially in Awwali river and in Assi river

  • Of all importance

    Of utmost importance for the cult of Jupiter Heliopolitanus were the 2 high altars on the flat roof of which scarifies were offered, the 2 ablution basins and 2 freestanding columns.All elements (altars basin and columns) played an important role in pre-Roman oriental cults.

  • Religious

    During important religious feasts, various cities built their market stands.On the steps going down to the courtyard, were placed several pedestals for statues with votive inscriptions mentioning the names of the donors.

  • Roman culture

    Yes dancing Roman woman!Why not Roman people like to live!so you can see how did estimate Dancers!Who don't like to have fun and watch beautiful women dancing?

  • Podium

    All the older remains disappeared under a high podium surrounded of 3 of its sides by a colonnaded portico semi-circular and rectangular exedras richly decorated with statues standing in their niches, opened in the partico.

  • Panorama

    The great courtyard is the heart of the Jupiter Temple. Underneath lies the ancient settlement and most probably an older sanctuary during the Roman period.

  • Temple

    The whole Temple stood on a usually high Podium 6,5 m. High.Underground galleries (Crypto-Porticoes) Lying underneath served as cool restrooms in summer.

  • The Mountains!

    The Mountains is the most thing I always miss Lebanon for(other than my uncles and cousins).I can never forget the smell of the Pine trees.I could sit for hours on the balcony over looking Beirut,and listen to Fayrooz(Classical Lebanese singer).

  • qana

    Qana is a shiite village in the south of Lebanon, not too far from the Israeli border (and 7 kilometres from Tyre), set among lovely green valleys and mountains. It's supposed to be the place where Jesus performed his first miracle: converting water into wine at a wedding.Qana is also the site of the new genocide: on 18 April 1996 the Israeli army...

  • Old hammam

    In Tripoli we had the chance to visit an old Hammam, just thank to a local gentleman that we met in a mosque and drove us through the most hidden streets of souks and in this great old place.This is really an off the beaten path as, to enter it you have to pass through something like a shop that noone would ever imagine could hide this jewel.

  • Hezbollah Land

    the refugee camps are actually a commercial centre. you could probably talk to a shopkeeper at the end of the street(cant remember if it was sabra or chatila). a distinguished-looking palestinian in his 50s, was the only man we found who spoke english.also, visit the prisons-all empty but you'd see descriptions of what happened during the...

  • Moussalayha Castle

    On our way from Jbail to Tripoli, 3 KM beyond Batroun, we saw at the east side of the highway this castle. You can take a sideroad for a visit, like we did. The castle was used to defend the only land route between Beirut and Tripoli. It stands on a rock and it's built on the top in such a way as to look like a part of the rock itself.Moussalayha...

  • Afqa, 1995 Ali was here

    Afqa was a nice place to walk around and have a look at the different ruins, shrines and caves and the lovely surrounding scenery. We had also our lunch here.Climbing along the stream to the grotto, I liked most of all.And there was this stone with my name and the year I was there. The Arabic text I can't read. Graffitti seems to be something of...

  • Afqa, popular picknick spot

    The Afqa area is a popular place for excursions and visits in the weekend by Lebanese families.Beneath the bridge at the riverbank are two small tea stalls witha terrace, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks.Families also bring their own food and drinks for a nice picknick in the grass beside the falls.

  • Afqa bridge and temple

    From the side of the grotto we had a nice view at the Roman looking bridge. Under the bridge we discovered a second bow. On a raised plateau at the riverbank are ruins of a Roman temple, dedicated to Venus (or Astarte). In the foundations is the entrance of a sort tunnel, from where, is thought, the water came in a sacred pool in the temple for...

  • Afqa stream

    In Afqa the roaring stream rages down 200 M from the grotto above. It's possible to walk up to the cave. Watch out, it's steep and slippery. When you reach the top and enter the first part of the cave, you can see how the freezing water surges out of an unseen underground source. You can also see how enormous the cave is, the largest part of the...

  • Afqa Grotto

    The Afqa Grotto, 45 KM east of Byblos (Jbail), is the sacred source of the Nahr Ibrahim. According to the legend it was the place where Adonis (or Tammuz in Phoenician), while hunting, is killed by a wild boar. In the area around the grotto are ancient shrines and caves dedicated to Adonis. His story became a symbol for life, death and rebirth....

  • Moukhtara

    From Beitedinne we drove deeper into the Chouf Mountaints to the south east and reached Moukhtara. Moukthara is the residential area of the known Joumblatt family. In Moukhtara this family has a beautiful palace, built in the 19th century at the ruins of a former palace. It's a private propery, so not be visited.But we didn't came to Moukhtara for...


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