Lebanon Travel Guide

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Lebanon Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nice weather, great history, welcoming people 

  • Con
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     Expensive cabs 

  • In a nutshell
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     Go but don't dedicate too much to Beirut 

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Beirut

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922,1813,98

Jbail

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57,148,1

Tripoli

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136,393,1

Tyre

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102,343,0

Baalbeck

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144,504,1

Sidon

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101,338,0

Bcharre

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36,68,1

Lebanon Mountains

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23,80,0

Zahle

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7,32,1

Beit ed Dine

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4,49,0

Qana

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12,14,0

`Anjar

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31,193,0

Al Arz

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7,55,0

Jounie

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7,17,0

Harisa

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4,11,0

Batroun

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3,3,0

Brummana

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4,13,0

Bayt Miri

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7,22,0

Damour

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1,5,0

Ebel es Saqi

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0,1,0

Bhamdun

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2,3,1

J`ita

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2,14,0

Duhur Brummana

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4,9,0

Aley

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0,3,0

El Ksara

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Beirut

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Jbail

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  • The Harbour

    Jbail Things to Do

    Unwind yourself and shift down a lower gear as you enjoy the calm sea view at the harbour area of Byblos. There is a good selection of restaurants facing the harbour which makes a good selection for a cup of coffee or a seafood spread depending on the time of the day.The harbour might be small but used to be a major trading port for cedar wood. The...

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  • Victory Byblos Hotel & Spa

    Jbail Hotels

    south of Byblos Main Highway, Jbail, Lebanon

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Personal favourite in Lebanon

    Jbail Restaurants

    I can't imagine a better afternoon then spending a few hours drinking good wine, eating seafood and tabouleh, admiring the sun setting from the comfy seat in a sea-facing restaurant in the old port of one of the oldest cities in the world... can you?The staff is very friendly and the fish always fresh. In my three visits there, I've never tasted...

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Tripoli

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  • Mina Souq

    Tripoli Things to Do

    The Mina, or Port, is part of old Tripoli and its economic importance. Today, the port facility has garnered a bit of a bad reputation (it is a port through which weapons are all too frequently smuggled towards Syria) and it does not have sort of bustling atmosphere that is associated with other waterfront souqs. Nevertheless, it is part of the...

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  • Quality Inn Tripoli

    Tripoli Hotels

    There is not much choice of good quality hotels in Tripoli, so the Quality Inn it had to be. It was...

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  • Al Manshieh Park

    Tripoli Things to Do

    This park, in the centre of the city and across from the Ottoman Clock Tower, is a popular gathering spot for the residents of the city. It is flanked by benches and ambulant vendors selling coffee, drinks and snacks. It's not uncommon to see groups of men standing around gossiping and talking (given the current situation, probably about politics)....

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Tyre

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  • Flora

    Tyre Local Customs

    As I said in my opening page, Tyre is in a zone of Lebanon that feels almost like the Caribbean for its lush and fertile fields and its humid weather. Here you will also find a plethora of flowering plants, and dazzling colours that belie the beauty of the place. They are abundant in the Roman ruins, and add to the feeling that much of the city's...

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  • Palestinian Refugee Camp

    Tyre Off The Beaten Path

    There are tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon. As refugees, they are denied many of the rights afforded to other residents and citizens of Lebanon, including some of their mobility rights. Until 2011, they were even denied the right to work. Most Palestinians reside in refugee camps that have now become very...

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  • Tyre Port

    Tyre Things to Do

    Part of the beauty of Tyre is its picturesque port area. The port is entirely devoted to small fishing boats and, I would bet, pleasure cruises. There are few large vessels, and, together, it gives the impression of a sleepy and peaceful backwater town. There is fervent construction not far from the fort, and I would bet that within a few years it...

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Baalbeck

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  • The Temple of Bacchus

    Baalbeck Things to Do

    By far one of the best preserved temples from the Graeco-Roman world, perhaps second only to the Pantheon in Rome, the Temple of Bacchus is the gem of Baalbek today. Despite its great proportions, larger than the Parthenon of Athens, the Temple of Bacchus was dwarfed by its neighbour, the Temple of Jupiter, and was thus known as the "small temple."...

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  • Palmyra Hotel

    Baalbeck Hotels

    Charl digol..had been there....that's enough..for me Old lebanese hotel..you want to go back in...

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  • The Propylaea

    Baalbeck Things to Do

    A grand (restored) stairway leads up to the Propylaea, the impressive entrance to the Baalbek Acropolis and its Temple of Jupiter. The Propylaea is set between two towers and had a colonnaded portico within it, which was once covered with a wooden ceiling, probably made from cedar wood, and paved with mosaics. Only a few upright columns from the...

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Sidon

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  • Mleeta

    Sidon Off The Beaten Path

    The Resistance Tourist Landmark, located about 20 minutes out of Sidon showcases the history of the resistance movement against Israeli occupation of South Lebanon. As you enter, drop by at the Multi Purpose Hall for a video presentation of the history of the resistance movement. Then climb up the hill to a lookout point that gives you a...

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  • Hammam El-Ward

    Sidon Things to Do

    Hamams or Turkish bathhouses are a common feature in Middle Eastern cities, many dating back to the Mamluk era. Sidon is no exception. While exploring the old city, I chanced upon two bathhouses, both lovingly restored.This is Hamam El-Ward, an 18th century hamam that still functions today, just like it had been in the olden days. Restored in 1993...

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  • El Qtaishieh Mosque

    Sidon Things to Do

    Built in 1592 by Sheikh Ali bin Mohammad bin Qtaysh, it is one of the oldest mosques in Sidon. From outside, it looks like it has gone through painstaking restoration. It is surrounded by an aromatic lemon garden where its builder is buried.I didn't get the chance to visit inside, which is said to have two lovely Roman granite columns and a...

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Bcharre

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  • See the famous Cedars in Bcharre

    Bcharre Things to Do

    From Bcharre you can drive up to a plateau surrounded by the Cedar Mountains (Al Arz in Arabic). Passing a ski school along the way, you will eventually arrive at a small forest of Cedar trees, where for a small donation (we gave LL3,000 and were given postcards in return, featuring a picture of the Cedars), you can take a walk around the...

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  • Le Cedrus Suites Hotel

    Bcharre Hotels

    Cedars Main Road, Bcharre, Lebanon

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • House of Khalil Gibran

    Bcharre Things to Do

    Khalil Gibran was one of Lebanon's greatest writers and artists. He studied with Rodin. His best-known work is "The Prophet", which in the 1960s became a cult book in the West. A line of his poetry was incorporated by John Lennon in his song "Julia".Gibran was born in Bcharre in 1893, and you can visit the house where he was born. His bust stands...

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Lebanon Mountains

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    Lebanon Mountains Transportation

    prime taxi&tourism provides a transportation between faraya and all lebanese region to beirut or vise versa only by 30$

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  • Faraya Mzaar ski area in Lebanon

    Lebanon Mountains Sports & Outdoors

    Faraya Mzaar is the skiing capital of the Middle East. It has around 80 kilometers of ski runs and 15 ski lifts. There is a wide variety of slopes, from easy ones for beginners to quite difficult ones. Off piste skiing is also possible. The Mzaar peak is a little less than 2500 meters. There is a bunch of places renting equipment for around USD 8...

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  • Ski passes: old-fashioned "technology"

    Lebanon Mountains Sports & Outdoors

    Ski passes can be obtained from selling points at the Warde and Jonction car parks, as well as at the bottom station of the Refuge lifts near the Intercontinental. Most skiers have a pass for the Warde and Jonction Domain, but not for the Refuge Domain. The reason is simple: you pay a lot more to get access to the two (uninteresting) Refuge lifts....

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Zahle

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  • Tasty bread, cakes, pizzas, etc

    Zahle Restaurants

    Wooden Bakery is a chain of bakeries that operate in Lebanon and they also have 1 branch in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). We decided to eat there in Zahle as it was a short walk along the high street from our hotel and was full of people, always a good sign!The bakery sells lots of different breads and deli items such as cheese and cold meats,...

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  • Grand Hotel Kadri (Brazil Street )

    Zahle Hotels

    We stayed for 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Kadri and had a very pleasant stay there. The hotel is...

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  • Caves de Ksara Winery Tour

    Zahle Things to Do

    We thought it might be interesting while staying in Zahle to do a winery tour of the Caves de Ksara. During the medieval period the site was once home to a fortified palace where the name comes from (Ksara is derived from Ksar which is the Arabic word for palace). Vineyards were planted in the late 17th/early 18th century and in 1857 Jesuit Fathers...

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Beit ed Dine

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  • Palace in the mountains

    Beit ed Dine Things to Do

    Up in the Chouf Mountains there is the Beiteddine Palace complex which is well worth a visit. Go early if you can ---to avoid the tourists! The courtyard of this 19th century palace is beautiful, the views interesting, the history fascinating. It was built by craftsmen from far and wide for the Emir Bashir. It was apprciated by the French in the...

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  • Beit ed Dine Palace

    Beit ed Dine Things to Do

    Our sole reason for visiting Beit ed Dine was to take a look around the beautifully restored Palace there, which we had heard was well worth a visit.It was built by the Emir Bashir Shihab II, the Ottoman appointed Governor of what later was known as Mount Lebanon in the early 19th century and is the best example of 19th century Lebanese...

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  • To and from

    Beit ed Dine Transportation

    To get there: I took a minibus from Cola station in Beirut to Damour (750 LL), at the junction there is probably a servis taxis waiting. The service taxi to Beit Ed Dine was 3000 LL. This prices are from June 2002 when I visited Beiteddine.

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Qana

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  • no more miracles in qana

    Qana Favorites

    Qana is a shiite village in the south of Lebanon, not too far from the Israeli border, 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 shelled the local Fijian UN...

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  • Jesus' cave

    Qana Off The Beaten Path

    Just about 1 kilometre outside the village of Qana you can visit the cave where Jesus, together with his disciples, is supposed to have taken refuge several times from the heat. Apparently he brought his disciples there to hold lessons and teach them. The cave is clearly marked from the village, and it is well-kept: there is a path that leads you...

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  • the "miracle cave" bas-reliefs

    Qana Off The Beaten Path

    In the area where the "miracle cave" lies, you can find several interesting bas-reliefs that are said to date back about 2000 years. They all represent scens and people from the bible: you have a carved stone showing Jesus turning water into wine, two other ones with Mary holding her child, Lazarus rising from its death, and several other ones...

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`Anjar

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  • Shops Along the Cardo

    `Anjar Things to Do

    Seen in the attached photo are the remains of the small shops that once lined the cardo maximus of Aanjar. In its short existence, the town benefited from its location on an intersection between the short trade route from Damascus to the coastal towns of Lebanon, and the longer route from Palestine to Baalbek and northern Syria.

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  • Majdal Aanjar

    `Anjar Off The Beaten Path

    About 3km south of Aanjar lies the small village of Majdal Aanjar with a small acropolis containing a Roman temple in partial ruins. The temple, which was built on a hill towering above the village, is thought to occupy the site that had been used for worship since before the arrival of the Romans. It is said that the temple contains some...

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  • The Hammam

    `Anjar Things to Do

    Located just east of the cardo maximus, near the entrance to the site, are the remains of the baths (hammam) of Aanjar. Two mosaic floors have survived fairly well, at least in fragments. The ovens for heating the water can also be seen along with some discs that supported the raised floor of the hypocaust.

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Al Arz

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  • Skiing at les Cèdres

    Al Arz Things to Do

    A short distance above the Cedar Grove is the base of the ski station of les Cèdres. It is Lebanon's highest, at just over 2000 metres, and is also surrounded by Lebanon's highest peaks. Therefore, it typically has the best snow and least crowds, being further away from Beirut. The downside is that the resort does not have the country's best...

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  • The Cedar Grove

    Al Arz Things to Do

    The Cedar Grove of les Cèdres is one of its major attractions. It contains one of the few remaining clusters of cedar trees, some of which as old as 1000 years. These slow growing trees have been cut down since antiquity and exported around the region and beyond, resulting in a gradual deforestation. The degradation of the soil after the trees were...

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  • Getting to El Arz

    Al Arz Transportation

    El Arz is very difficult to reach as one must drive up a narrow winding mountain road along Qadisha Valley. It is best to travel with someone who knows the way, and let them drive so you could enjoy the views, which is how I got there. However, I was told public transport from Tripoli to Bcharré is available, but then a taxi up a few kilometres to...

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Jounie

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  • Catch the Teleferique

    Jounie Things to Do

    A must-try is a ride on the Teleferique cable car which runs from Jounieh up to Harissa, where you can pay a visit to the famous Lady of Lebanon Statue. The cable car ride itself is hair-raising as it brings you up to dizzying heights as it climbs the steep mountain. The view of Jounieh bay is simply amazing. This however, is definitely not a ride...

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  • Karam Museum

    Jounie Things to Do

    Guinness World Record (27777 Model Cars) and Guinnes World Record (333 Dioramas) are the awards given to Karam Museum. Owned by Billy Karam (an avid rally racer), the museum features an incredible collection of miniature cars, planes, tanks and beautifully built miniature of castles/ war scenes. Probably missed by most tourists, this museum is...

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  • Lady of Lebanon at Harissa

    Jounie Things to Do

    Overlooking Jounieh Bay is the imposing statue of Virgin of Lebanon, also known as Lady of Lebanon. She has been there since the 19th century. Pilgrims from all over the world visit the statue while others like myself enjoyed the serenity of its surrounding and the marvelous view of the bay.

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Harisa

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  • Majida Al-Roumi

    Harisa Favorites

    Supposedly the lady in the black pants and jacket is the famous singer Majida Al-Roumi, who sings wonderful Fairouzian style music (although I am more familiar with Fairouz's music than her). My friend Tareq pointed her out to me, and I bought her CD after spotting her. You can only see her profile because I was trying to be sneaky when taking a...

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  • Téléphérique (cable car)

    Harisa Transportation

    You can take the Téléphérique (cable car) from Jounieh to Harissa. It is quite scary as the cabins are small (for four persons) and the ascent very steep.Returnticket with the Tél´phérique is 7500 LL (in June 2002).

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  • Teleferic Ride!

    Harisa Things to Do

    In all of the times I have been to Lebanon I only took this ride back in 2002,I took my daughter,and she wa thrilled,,lol,,so was I,,I was singing and smiling all the time,,we took it from Junieh (at sea level)to Harisa,,it`s a wonderful scenary.When you get to the top,you have the chance to visit the Virgin Mary statue,and visit the Church,an...

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