Lebanon Things to Do

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  • Al Omari Mosque

    Beirut Things to Do

    The Mohammed Al Amin Mosque is a impressive mosque with blue domes, similar to the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. An imposing architecture just off Downtown Beirut, it's also the place where former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is buried. In fact there's still a make-shift memorial right in front of the mosque.

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  • Al Amin Mosque

    Beirut Things to Do

    Besides the architectural beauty and the fact that it seems to be the guardian of Beirut downtown, the Hariri Mosque has a strong political and social importance. It is called the Hariri Mosque (one of the former Lebanese PMs) and the square besides it, Martyrs' Square, is a common place for political demonstrations, such as the ones in 2007. Its...

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  • Baalbek

    Beirut Things to Do

    A must see - I believe it is the home of largest Roman Temple in the world. And the site was much larger then I anticipated (actually home to over 3 temples) and was a stop along an ancient trade route. Plus in the summer they have a festival here with world renowned entertainers! It is amazing from Dizzy Gilespie (yes DIZZY!) to Warda Al Jazairia....

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  • Wineries - Kefraya

    For those interested in wineries, you can find a lot in Lebanon more precisely in the Bekaa. One of those wineries: Kefraya. A very beautiful place with a nice restaurant which offers delicious food. When you go there you can have a wine tasting and a tour in the caves for free. You can also enjoy a "train" trip for 30 or 50 min for less than 4 USD...

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  • Hezbollah museum lebanon

    The Tourist Landmark of the Resistance, also known as Museum for Resistance Tourism, is a war museum operated by Hezbollah near the village of Mleeta in southern Lebanon. The museum opened on May 25, 2010, marking the 10th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. The site was once an important base for Hezbollah...

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  • Jeita the nature wonder

    Once in Lebanon make sure to visit Jeita Grotto the natural wonder. It is not far from the capital and it is a MUST SEE. Jeita grotto is one of the world’s most beautiful caverns. It is divided to 2 levels. The 1st dry level can be seen on foot while the 2nd level can be discovered by boat. Jeita offers you the most beautiful sceneries that make...

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  • Hell hiking

    When you visit Lebanon and if you love hiking and if by chance anyone is organizing a hiking trip to "Ouyoun el Samak" and "Wadi Jouhanam" (Hell valley) do not hesitate to go. I am not a hiking fan but I was able to do this hiking trip (I faced some difficulties of course) and this place is a real nature heaven. I don't know why it is called Hell...

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  • u will be at peace with urself & luv the...

    well, i just had 3 nights in lebanon and could just see these few places like where i was staying hamra street, the corniche, ain al' rameeinyah, aalayah,beit mary,harissa and places that we saw whist travelling around...there's lotaz more to see & explore and enjoy like the more historical sites & definately the "BEIRUT PARTY LIFE"...like in...

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  • BEITEDDINE FESTIVAL

    RAVI SHANKAR & ANOUSHKA SHANKAR July 7 The legendary Ravi Shankar, Godfather of World Music, with his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, the Sitar Virtuoso.UB40July 16 UB40, the renowned Pop/reggae group whose public is too vast to be defined by age, generation, tribe or fashion.Kazem As SaherJuly 23 Kazem As Saher, love and romance by public demand.Sara...

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  • Beit ed-Dine - Lebanon's 19th century...

    The beautiful palace of Beit ed-Dine is justly a favourite place to visit. Set high in the Chouffe, the palace was built for a powerful local Muslim, Bashir Shihab, and took some 30 years to complete. The palace was hardly finished before he was sent in to exile by the Ottoman rulers of Lebanon who feared his influence. After many years as a...

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  • Beiteddine

    The Palace of Beiteddine makes one of the most popular day trips from Beirut. The road leading up to the palace is beautiful. It leads through the Chouf Mountains and you get great views. The palace was completed in the early 1800s.It was designed by Italian architects and made by local artisans.

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  • Trip report of 10 days in Lebanon, part...

    Day 6 continuedAnother scenic drive through the mountains later, and we made it to the Port View Hotel, which was basic but friendly. We dropped off our things and changed, and headed out to downtown for drinks in one of the outdoor cafes overlooking Place L’Etoile before dinner at a nice downtown Lebanese restaurant. A bottle of wine later, we...

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  • Trip report of 10 days in Lebanon, part...

    Day 4Next morning bright and early found us lugging our suitcases down the hill from posh Achrafiye to less posh but more quirky Gemmayzeh, the neighbourhood of our rather less posh hotel, the Port View Hotel. En route I managed to slip down the hill and twist my ankle. We found the hotel (further along Rue Gouraud than one expects!), dropped off...

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  • Trip report of 10 days in Lebanon, part...

    (trip report written by scotsgirl and mollybolt)Day 1Gazing out of the aeroplane window as we approached Beirut International Airport, Mollybolt reading her book with the relaxed expression of one who does not specifically seek out worries, I gazed at the sea below and thought 'my goodness, we're flying so low we're about to land in the sea!'...

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  • Baalbek...

    Known as Heliopolis - City of the Sun - in the Graeco-Roman world, Baalbek possesses the most magnificent temple complex ever built by Rome. The town's Acropolis lies dramatically at the edge of the fertile Beqaa Valley and the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains. During Roman times, Baalbek was a centre of Roman religion, luring many pilgrims...

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  • Beirut...

    The capital of Lebanon and the gateway to the country, Beirut once was - and arguably is back as - the Paris of the Middle East. Practically obliterated by the civil war and Israeli invasions, Beirut is now doing what it does best: forgetting, rebuilding and reinventing itself, while the populace continues to party and live a decadent life. The...

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  • Byblos (Jbail)...

    A pretty Mediterranean resort town 30 minutes north of Beirut in the Mont-Liban governorate, Byblos, or Jbail in Arabic, sits atop 7000 years of history. It claims to be the longest continuously inhabited settlement in the world, and its archaeological site is the living proof with traces of nearly every passing civilisation or conqueror, from...

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  • Bcharré بشري

    Bcharré lies at the top of Qadisha Valley in the Northern Lebanese mountains in the Liban-Nord province. It is a beautiful Christian Maronite town with breathtaking views of the snowy mountains above and the green valley below. Bcharré is famous for being the birthplace of Khalil Gibran, to whom a museum is dedicated. It also lies just below el Arz...

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  • Beit Meri

    Located in the Mont-Liban region, only 4 km down the road from Brummana, is another picturesque hilltop town called Beit Meri. Although also considered a summer retreat, Beit Meri is a little less popular with Beiruti weekend traffic and therefore lacks the restaurants, nightlife and hotels of Brummana. However, it does have a small archaeological...

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  • Brummanaبرمانا

    A charming hilltop town surrounded by pine forests in the Mont-Liban region, Brummana commands excellent views over the Lebanese mountains and the Mediterranean. It is a majority Maronite Christian town dotted with numerous churches. Its proximity to Beirut (only 20 minutes by car) and its cooler climate (at 900 metres above sea level) has made it...

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  • Walk the Corniche in Beirut

    It's free! It's interesting! And, you'll get a feel for the people of Beirut! Taking a stroll on the Corniche (promenade along the Mediterranaean) is a must-do while you are here. We did it on a Sunday and it was a "happening" place. I don't know if it is so busy other days of the week, but it was fun & full of life on the sunny & warm Sunday in...

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  • The Beqaa Valley

    A valley between two snow-capped mountain ranges, the Beqaa is not only the agricultural heart of Lebanon, but also home to some of Lebanon's most impressive ancient ruins, namely Baalbek and Aanjar, as well as numerous isolated Roman temples. A drive through this fertile valley is guaranteed to captivate the visitor with its breathtaking scenery....

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  • Tyre (Sur) صور

    One of the greatest cities in antiquity, Tyre once ruled the Mediterranean Sea. Its importance continued well past the Roman period, which has left us with magnificent ruins covering incredibly vast areas, now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Since Roman times, the city has had intermittent periods of prosperity under different conquerors, but in...

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  • Aanjar عنجر

    Situated in the Beqaa Valley on the Beirut-Damascus road, Aanjar is one of the few remaining architectural heritages from the Omayyad period in Lebanon. The ancient city was built in 715 AD with Byzantine craftsmanship in the earliest days of the Islamic civilisation, before its signature architectural identity was developed. The city was thus...

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  • Sidon صيدا

    Lebanon's third largest city, Sidon or Saïda in Arabic, is a port city located just over half an hour's drive south of Beirut. The coastal city was one of antiquity's greatest Phoenician cities, whose history goes back at least 6000 years. Due to repeated destruction by earthquakes, tsunamis and invasions, little of this great ancient city has...

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  • Tripoli...

    More Middle Eastern in character than Beirut, Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city. A predominently Sunni population lives in the two-part city, Al Mina, the port of Tripoli, and actual Tripoli, set further inland. Little of the ancient Tripolis remains, but the old city is dominated by the impressive Crusader Castle of Saint Gilles, and boasts...

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  • jbeil byblos oldest city on earth

    Byblos is said to be the oldest inhabited city in the world, the source of the first Phoenician letters that gave us our alphabet. Byblos was the major seaport of the East Mediterranean during the 3rd millenium BC.The name originated from 'biblion', that is book. The word 'bible' is derived from the Greek 'ta b blia', which means 'the books'....

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  • go for a swim and a skiing at same time

    swming in ocean and skiing in mountains you might do onyl in vancouver, cyprus or here in lebanonLebanon has six ski resorts with groomed slopes, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Beyond the skiable domains await you kilometers of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails waiting to be discovered; Lebanon has something for...

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  • Ancient Byblos

    Giving its name to both the Bible and words we connect with books, Byblos has a history dating back many thousands of years. The first cursive alphabet came from here, leading to writing and recording on papyrus rather than clay tablets. Cedar for Egypt and copper from Jordan passed through the city. The Phoenicians made it one of their trading...

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  • Jeita Grotto

    I think it is the best fit attraction in Beirut. If all the lebanese tourism is build on memories, Jeita Grotto is a place as modern as everywhere in the world. After you park your car or taxi, you'll go to the very modern cable-car station, for a short but beautiful ride to Upper Grotta. After the usual souvenir shop, you enter in the cave. It's...

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  • Sanctuaire Notre Dame du Liban

    Build in the heart of the mountain, it may be regarded in two way:If you are a religious man, the Sanctuary, built in 1904, is a very important place of pilgrimage in Lebanon. There is a very large statue of Marie, called “Notre Dame of Lebanon” or “the Virgin of Lebanon”. Inside the base of the statue, there is a small chapel. In the same garden,...

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  • Corniche

    Please please plesae... do not miss walking along the corniche.it sounds like a weird tip but if you miss this then you'll miss out on one of the most outstanding features of beirut. Lined with palm trees the corniche is the place to be early evening when familys and friends gather to walk around, eat smoke water pipes and generally have fun. the...

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  • Watch The Sunsets

    At the risk of sounding a bit too much like one of those modern sensitive men the sunsets in Lebanon are unlike anything I have ever seen.Near the time of the sunset on the corniche people flock there with their families and friends to sit and watch them. It's like a big event, like a natural theatre where the sun is the main "star" ok bad joke but...

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  • Deir el Qamar - around the village...

    The pretty stone-built village of Deir el Qamar has been preserved as a national monument since the 1950s but this is no sterile museum piece. Any new building is subject to very strict controls but this is a village where people live and work.The village was an important centre for the silk trade. The old silk khan may no longer deal in the...

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  • Beit ed-Dine - Presidential apartments

    Understandably, the apartments set aside at Beit ed-Dine for the President are not on open display. However, if he is not in residence, and for a small "consideration", you may be able to see some of the State rooms in the apartments.They are furnished in a very formal and traditional way - not exactly comfortable. The wood panelling is...

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  • Smoke a waterpipe

    It's common practice in Lebanon to see people with pipes on the corniche, beaches in restaurants etc. When smoking them back home in london, people always look at them funnily like we're smoking bongs or something.The waterpipe, argileh (are-geel-ley) or shisha pipe is a great way to wind down. usually smoked after food as it apparently aids...

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  • Baalbeck "The Tehmple of Bacchus"

    The Dedication and Purpose of the Temple:Among the extensive remains at Baalbeck, the Temple of Bacchus is particularly well preserved. It is, in fact, the best preserved Roman temple of this size anywhere. Yet curiously, very little is know about the dedication and purpose of this building. Strictly speaking, we should refer to it as the...

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  • Baalbeck The City Of Sun

    Temple of Jupiter - The Sanctuary of Jupiter Heliopolitan:The compound of the Temple of Jupiter covers an area of about 27 000 square meters (6.5 acres), of which 10 000 square metres (2.5 acres) were open courtyards and stairways. The remaining 17 000 square meters (4 acres) were covered with peristyles, exedras and interior space. In order to...

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  • tour the country

    Book yourself some tours when you're there, they don't cost a lot and you can see everything from baalbek to harissa, sidon to damascus (yes they do a trip to the syrian capital)just give vt member ronza an email and she'll help you out

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  • Jbeil Coast - March 2006

    Spent a beautiful evening on the coast of Byblos this Sunday. Although the ancient byblos souk was closed, and most of the streets were empty. Walking down the streets of jbeil, watching the little boats off of the port, watching the sun set on the ruins and drown into the sea..was breath-taking.One of my friends' relatives owns a house and a piece...

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  • Baalbeck Festival

    For the past 50 years, the ancient Baalbeck ruins have hosted musiciens and artists from around the world each summer to fill the nights with life and music. This festival takes place in July and August of each year, and each year they welcome a different array of artists.This year (2006) the stage will be set up between the temples of Jupiter and...

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  • Beiteddine Festivals

    This is a yearly even that takes place during July-August. One of the most beautiful palaces in Lebanon hosts the greatest artists in the arab region and worldwide, and under the stars you can enjoy an enchanting setting and listen to your favorite artists.I've been to the beiteddine festival several times..and the charm keeps me going back for...

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  • Skiiing & Tanning in Faraya

    Be it skiing, snowboarding or simply playing in the snow...Faraya is where all snow lovers should be! This is Lebanon's largest ski resort where the slopes can actually get crowded. There are six advanced slopes and the ski station. The Faraya Mzaar offers more choice for serious skiers than anywhere else in Lebanon. There also a few cross country...

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  • Broummana

    Broummana is situated about 21 km from Beirut, in the mountains above the capital. It is a popular place to visit in summer when it is hot and humid in Beirut, but cooler and fresher air up in Broummana. Especially during the weekends a lot of people come here from Beirut. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants with great views, hotels and also...

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  • Ride a boat inside the caves!

    The tour through Jeita Cavern includes a boat ride through the lower galleries,the visit to the upper galleries is done on foot and includes a film presentation. The lower level is full of the noise of the subterranean river Nahr el Kalb (Dog River). visitors glide deeper into the cave during the 600 Meter boat ride on a lake formed by the river....

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