From the buzzing bars of Mar Mikhael to the snow-strewn slopes of the Qadisha Valley, here are the best places to visit in Lebanon!

Lebanon is always in the news for the wrong reasons. Civil wars, corruption, invasions and financial crises always seem to blight what should be one of the best destinations in the Mediterranean. There are beaches to rival Greece, a history older than Rome and wines that can compete with vintages from anywhere else in the world. 

But for those intrepid travellers willing to put aside their preconceptions, Lebanon is a country that speaks of resilience and fortitude, rather than war and conflict. Brave Beirut and you’ll find a capital city with buzzing nightlife, travel to Bylos and you can see where the world’s first phonetic alphabet was mastered, and in the south, you can even hear Hezoballah’s side of the story with a visit to Mleeta (or ‘Hezbollah Disneyland’ as many commentators like to call it!). 

Lebanon is a land that continually manages to surprise even the most well-seasoned of travellers; myself included. In winter, the mountain tops are capped with snow and ski resorts are awash with winter sports enthusiasts. As the season turns, you can ski in the morning and be on the beach after lunch. Then, in summer, the partygoers are out in force, the Lebanese Mountain Trail is ripe for walking, and the Cedars of God have never looked so beautiful.

If you’re planning a trip to the Middle East, then keep reading, as we explore the best places to visit in Lebanon. 

Best places to visit in Lebanon

Beirut, Batroun, Byblos, Qadisha, Saida, Tripoli and Tyre. The list of the best places to visit in Lebanon is a long one, so strap in, as we explain which are our favourites.

1. Beirut 

Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, is a city that captivates with its history, culture and surprisingly hectic nightlife. In the Golden Age of Lebanese tourism (in the 1950s and 60s), Beirut was even known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, and today it seamlessly blends the modern and the ancient.

Beirut’s downtown district, refurbished after the civil war, provides a glimpse into its Roman, Ottoman, and colonial French architectural heritage. The restored Beirut Souks, an iconic open-air shopping complex, is a testament to the city’s resilience and dynamism.

Equally fascinating is the National Museum, housing archaeological artefacts that tell the country’s 7,000-year-old history. Visit the Roman Bath ruins, take a trip to the Raouché Rocks for a stunning coastal view and immerse yourself in local cuisine at Gemmayzeh Street (try Le Chef!). After dark, experience Beirut’s legendary nightlife in the lively bars and clubs of Mar Mikhael.

Downtown Beirut

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2. The National Museum of Beirut 

The National Museum of Beirut, located in the Lebanese capital, is a significant cultural institution that beautifully narrates the region’s millennia-old history.

Its collection boasts over 100,000 artefacts, spanning from prehistoric times to the Ottoman era. Visitors are taken on a chronological journey through exhibits showcasing sculptures, ceramics, mosaics, and jewellery excavated from sites across Lebanon.

Notable highlights include the Phoenician gilded bronze figurines and the Byblos sarcophagi, offering a glimpse into the ancient civilizations that once thrived here. The museum, which speaks of Beirut’s resilience, was meticulously restored after being severely damaged during the Lebanese Civil War (1975 to 1990) and the Beirut Port Explosion (2020), symbolising the city’s enduring spirit.

The National Museum of Beirut

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3. Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto, located 18 kilometres north of Beirut in the Valley of Nahr al-Kalb, is one of Lebanon’s most stunning natural wonders. This expansive cave system, consisting of two interconnected limestone caves spanning nearly 9 kilometres, serves as a symbol of nature’s ability to create sublime art over millions of years.

Upon entering the Upper Grotto, visitors are greeted by a world of stalactites and stalagmites, beautifully illuminated to highlight their dramatic shapes. This part of the cave is traversed on foot and contains one of the world’s largest known stalactites, which is an impressive 8.2 meters long.

A trip to the Lower Grotto offers a different experience. Here, an underground river, a source of drinking water for the nearby towns, allows visitors to embark on a subterranean boat ride; the eerie echoes of water droplets creating a soothing soundtrack to the journey.

Nahr al-Kalb Valley, Jeita Grotto

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4. Baalbeck

Baalbek, located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, is a remarkable archaeological site known for its grandeur and well-preserved Roman architecture. Once named Heliopolis, the ‘City of the Sun’, Baalbek’s history is manifested in the colossal temples dedicated to Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus.

The Temple of Jupiter, though only six columns remain standing today, gives visitors an awe-inspiring glimpse into the site’s past. Nearby, the Temple of Bacchus, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world, is characterized by intricate carvings and towering stone columns.

The smaller but equally intriguing Temple of Venus showcases a unique design with its circular, almost shell-like shape. Surrounding these significant temples, visitors can explore other remains, including altars, courtyards, and propylaea or entranceways, all remnants of Roman architectural prowess.

Baalbek is a remarkable destination for history buffs, offering profound insight into ancient civilizations and their monumental architectural feats. Its significant cultural value has earned it the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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5. The Bekaa Valley

The Bekaa Valley, hidden between Lebanon’s two mountain ranges, is a region of remarkable beauty and historical significance. Known for its fertile soil and favourable climate, the Bekaa Valley has been a prominent agricultural heartland for thousands of years. The valley’s vineyards produce much of Lebanon’s famed wines, with several wineries, like Chateau Ksara and Chateau Musar, offering tastings and tours.

The Bekaa Valley is also home to the remarkable Roman ruins of Baalbek. This UNESCO World Heritage site features some of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world, including the temples of Bacchus and Jupiter.

The valley’s natural beauty is awe-inspiring, with rolling hills, vast plains, and winding rivers. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy bird watching, hiking, and exploring the region’s diverse flora and fauna.

6. Chateau Ksara 

Château Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest winery, established in 1857 by Jesuit priests who introduced new viticulture and viniculture techniques to Lebanon. The winery is located in the Bekaa Valley, an area known for its fertile soil and ideal wine-growing climate.

Château Ksara gained early fame when, in 1898, an extensive Roman-era cave network was discovered on the estate, offering ideal conditions for storing wine and allowing for the development of Lebanon’s first naturally ventilated wine cellar.

Over time, the vineyard modernized its production methods and expanded its vineyards, but without compromising its commitment to natural and sustainable practices. Today, Château Ksara exports its wines to over 40 countries worldwide, and the vineyard itself has become a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can take guided tours of the wine cellars and enjoy tastings of the vineyard’s extensive range of wines.

Lebanese Wine is glorious, and I tried more than a few vintages!

7. Harissa

Harissa, a small mountain village in Lebanon, is renowned as a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Overlooking the stunning Jounieh Bay, Harissa is home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lebanon, also known as Notre Dame du Liban, which attracts millions of devotees each year.

The sanctuary is most famous for its colossal bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, known as ‘Our Lady of Lebanon.’ Towering some 15 meters high and coated in white paint, the statue offers an arms-wide-open gesture, symbolizing protection and blessing to all who visit.

The site also includes a modernistic cathedral built underneath the statue and a museum showcasing various exhibits related to religious art. The panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and Beirut from the top are breathtaking, adding to the serene atmosphere.

Harissa is accessible via a scenic cable car ride from Jounieh, known as the Téléphérique, offering unforgettable views of the Lebanese coastline, a highlight of any visit to Lebanon.

Our Lady of Lebanon

8. Batroun

Founded by the Phoenicians in the 14th century BC, Batroun’s historical significance is evident in its well-preserved archaeological sites, including the Phoenician Wall, a structure built by the ancient seafaring civilization to protect the city from tidal waves.

Near the wall, visitors can find the old port, a picturesque spot popular for its fish restaurants and cafes, while the old town is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets lined with traditional Lebanese houses. At its heart stands St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a Maronite church combining Gothic and Oriental architectural styles.

Batroun is also renowned for its citrus groves and produces a unique lemonade that is a must-try, but it’s after dark when Batroun really comes alive.

Batroun’s nightlife is a mix of traditional and modern influences, offering something for every taste. The town’s old stone streets are illuminated at night, and you’ll find everything from traditional Lebanese taverns serving local wines and mezza to modern beachfront clubs featuring world-renowned DJs.


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9. Byblos

Byblos, or Jbeil in Arabic, is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, with its beginnings dating back to the Neolithic period around 5000 BC. Located on the Mediterranean coast of present-day Lebanon, it was a significant settlement of the Phoenicians, renowned for the development of the Phoenician alphabet.

Countless civilizations have left their mark here, from Phoenicians and Egyptians to Romans and Crusaders, each contributing to the city’s multicultural heritage.

One of Byblos’ main attractions is its ancient archaeological site. Here, visitors can explore the ruins of the Crusader Castle, built in the 12th century, offering panoramic views of the city. The site also includes ancient Phoenician temples, Roman colonnades, and a necropolis with intricate sarcophagi.

Beyond the archaeological site, the old harbour is a picturesque setting filled with traditional fishing boats. The old Souks, a labyrinth of narrow alleyways, are perfect for purchasing traditional crafts, souvenirs and my personal favourite, falafel sandwiches!

Byblos is also famed in Lebanon for ‘The Byblos Fishing Club!’. We spent hours eating and drinking at this seafront restaurant, which really is a Lebanese institution. The founder (Pepe, who has sadly passed away) was a serious character, and the wall of the bar is lined with photos of politicians and celebrities from all over the world.

The author in Byblos!

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10. Faraya

Faraya, located in the Mount Lebanon range, is a popular mountain retreat in Lebanon known for its big landscapes and outdoor opportunities. Located just an hour’s drive from Beirut, Faraya is a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

During the winter months, Faraya transforms into a busy ski resort with slopes suitable for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. The Faraya-Mzaar Ski Resort offers excellent facilities, including ski schools, equipment rentals and cosy chalets for accommodation.

In the summer, Faraya becomes an ideal destination for hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking. The surrounding mountains are adorned with picturesque trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and serene valleys.

11. Qadisha Valley 

Tucked in the northern part of Lebanon, the Qadisha Valley is a breathtaking natural sanctuary known for its serene beauty and fascinating history. Also known as the Holy Valley, it has long served as a refuge for Christian hermits, monks, and ascetics, leaving a legacy of monasteries and hermitages scattered across its rugged terrain.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qadisha Valley seriously captivated me with its steep, rugged cliffs intertwined with a network of winding paths leading to hidden caves and ancient monastic settlements. These include the Monastery of St. Anthony of Qozhaya and the Monastery of Our Lady of Hawka, both testaments to the region’s profound spiritual heritage.

Besides its historical allure, Qadisha is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The valley is dotted with cedar trees, a Lebanese emblem, and offers picturesque hiking trails with panoramic views of the landscape.

Qadisha Valley

12. Tripoli

Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city, was the most surprising destination I visited during my two-week stay in the country. Founded in the 9th century BC, Tripoli boasts a rich heritage influenced by the Phoenicians, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans, and French, but in recent years, it’s been the scene of riots, violence and political unrest, meaning many tourists miss out on the history!

The Old City is a must-visit, with its maze of narrow alleys leading to traditional souks, ancient mosques, and vibrant squares. Among the standout landmarks are the 14th-century Mansouri Great Mosque and the Crusader-era Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles, which offers panoramic views of the city.

Tripoli is renowned for its Mamluk architecture, best seen in the Taynal Mosque and the Hammam al-Jadid, a beautifully preserved Turkish bath. The city’s souks, including Souk al-Haraj and Souk al-Nahhaseen, are perfect for experiencing the local lifestyle and finding traditional crafts, fabrics, and sweets.

The author next to a Lebanese army roadblock in Tripoli

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13. The Gibran Museum

The Gibran Museum, situated in the town of Bsharri in northern Lebanon, is a tribute to the life and works of Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese-American writer, philosopher, and artist best known for his book, ‘The Prophet’.

Housed in a former monastery, the museum holds an extensive collection of Gibran’s paintings, drawings, and manuscripts. Visitors can explore the rooms where Gibran’s creative genius unfolded and understand his profound influence on philosophical and artistic thought.

In the garden, you’ll find Gibran’s final resting place. A visit to the Gibran Museum offers an intimate look at a figure whose spiritual and artistic legacy continues to resonate, not just in Lebanon, but worldwide.

Bsharri, home of the Gibran Museum

14. The Cedars of God

The Cedars of God, high in Lebanon’s mountains, is an enduring symbol of the nation’s natural heritage. This grove of towering cedar trees, some centuries old, is protected as one of the world’s oldest conservation sites; and I was surprised to discover that Queen Victoria (the UK’s 19th-century monarch) paid for the wall that still protects the cedars today!

They were also mentioned frequently in ancient texts, including the Bible, and have been prized for their quality timber for thousands of years. They were used in notable buildings like the temples of Ancient Egypt and the various construction projects of the Roman Empire, which of course contributed to deforestation.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cedars of God are among the last survivors of the extensive forests of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times.

Conservation efforts have been implemented to protect the trees and reforest the area. The cedar tree also features prominently on the Lebanese flag, symbolizing immortality and steadiness. You can find the Cedars of God at the top of the Qadisha Valley!

The Cedars of God

15. Pigeon Rocks

Pigeon Rocks, or Raouché Rocks, is a famous natural landmark located off the coast of Raouché district in Beirut, Lebanon. These two massive rock formations stand like sentinels in the Mediterranean Sea, creating a captivating sight.

A stroll along the Corniche, Beirut’s seaside promenade, offers the best views of Pigeon Rocks, especially during sunset when the rocks are beautifully silhouetted against the Mediterranean sky.

For a closer look, local fishermen offer boat rides around and through the rock formations. The area surrounding Pigeon Rocks is also lined with cafes and restaurants, making it a popular spot for a cold beer, sheesha pipe, and some mezze!

Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

16. Mar Mikhael 

Mar Mikhael, located in the heart of Beirut, is the capital’s trendiest neighbourhood. Now known for its artistic flair and lively nightlife, the area is named after the 19th-century Greek Orthodox Saint Michael Church.

Mar Mikhael truly comes alive after sunset when its array of bars, pubs, and clubs open their doors. It is a hotspot for Beirut’s nightlife scene, offering a variety of venues with different music styles and atmospheres.

Mar Mikhael is also close to the epicentre of the Beirut Port Explosion, which shattered the city in 2020. You’ll still see poignant memorials around the area, and you can learn more about the effects of the disaster by speaking to the staff at the Beirut Farmer’s Market (Souk el Tayeb).

Mar Mikhael, Beirut

17. Souk el Tayeb

Souk el Tayeb, located in Mar Mikhael, is Lebanon’s first farmer’s market and a unique culinary experience. Founded in 2004, it aims to promote local agriculture, traditional food practices, and cultural exchange.

The market showcases a vibrant array of fresh produce, artisanal products, and traditional Lebanese dishes prepared by local farmers and producers.

It provides a platform for small-scale producers to connect directly with consumers, fostering a sense of community and supporting sustainable agriculture in Beirut (the market is hosted every Saturday, but the restaurant is open every day of the week!).

Souk el Tayeb also organizes food festivals, cooking classes, and educational activities to celebrate Lebanese cuisine and preserve culinary traditions.

I found this to be a rather moving place to visit in Lebanon, largely because the kitchens are also used to cook up emergency food parcels for people who are still affected by the fallout of the Beirut Port Explosion.

Souk el Tayeb

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18. Beiteddine Palace

The Beiteddine Palace, located in the Chouf Mountains of Lebanon, is a masterpiece of Lebanese architecture. Built in the 19th century by Emir Bashir II, it served as his residence and a symbol of power and opulence.

The palace’s intricate design combines elements of Lebanese, Ottoman, and Italian architecture, featuring stunning courtyards, ornate mosaics, and exquisite woodwork.

Today, the palace is home to the Beiteddine Festival, a renowned summer event that showcases a variety of performances, including music, dance, and theatre. A visit to the Beiteddine Palace offers a fascinating glimpse into Lebanon’s history and architectural heritage.

19. Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve

The Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a haven of biodiversity and a sanctuary for the iconic cedar trees. Spanning over 50,000 acres, it is the largest nature reserve in Lebanon and a testament to the country’s commitment to conservation.

The reserve is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna, including over 25% of Lebanon’s remaining cedar forests. These tall trees, some dating back thousands of years, stand as living symbols of resilience and endurance; much like I found the Lebanese people themselves to be!

Visitors to the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve can explore a network of well-marked hiking trails that wind through the mountainous landscapes, offering death-defying views and encounters with wildlife.

Lebanese cedar trees

20. Baatara Gorge waterfall

The Baatara Gorge Waterfall, also known as the ‘Three Bridges Chasm’, is a unique natural wonder located in Tannourine, Lebanon.

The waterfall plunges through a series of three natural limestone bridges, creating a mesmerizing and dramatic sight. It then cascades into a limestone sinkhole and disappears into a cave complex, adding to its mystique.

The location of the Baatara Gorge Waterfall is somewhat remote and requires a short hike to reach, but the breathtaking beauty of the waterfall and its surrounding geological formations make it well worth the journey.

21. Saida (Sidon)

Situated on the coast south of Beirut, Saida, also known as Sidon, is one of Lebanon’s most historically important cities. Dating back over 6,000 years, Saida was a central Phoenician city, and its enduring legacy can be seen throughout its historic quarters.

Among the city’s main attractions is the Sea Castle, a 13th-century crusader fortress built on a small island. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, this fortress offers panoramic views of the city and the sea. Another notable landmark is the Great Mosque, an architectural delight reflecting various periods, from the Crusader church to the Ottoman mosque.

Saida’s Old Souks are a sensory overload. As you wander through the labyrinthine alleys, you encounter shops selling traditional crafts, aromatic spices, and local sweets. The Soap Museum, located in an old soap factory, provides an interesting insight into the traditional soap-making process, while the falafel shops here were the best I tried anywhere in Lebanon (that’s a big claim, I know!).

Me, hanging out in the Sea Castle, Saida

22. Tyre (Sour)

Tyre, known as Sour in Arabic, is a city of huge historical significance on the southern coast of Lebanon. Founded in approximately 2750 BC, according to Herodotus, Tyre originally consisted of two parts: a rocky coastal base, and an island city a short distance offshore.

It was an important ancient Phoenician city, renowned for its production of a unique purple dye, Tyrian purple, which was highly prized in antiquity.

Tyre thrived as a commercial and maritime hub, establishing colonies across the Mediterranean, including Carthage. Its wealth and power attracted conquerors such as Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon, who besieged the city for thirteen years without success.

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great famously conquered Tyre after constructing a causeway from the mainland to the island city. Following Alexander’s death, Tyre fell under the rule of the Romans and then the Byzantines, contributing to its architectural landscape with majestic structures like the Roman Hippodrome.

In the 7th century, Tyre came under Arab control and later endured periods of Crusader, Mamluk, and Ottoman rule before becoming part of independent Lebanon. Today, the city’s remarkable ancient ruins, including its Roman Hippodrome and seafront promenades, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while Tyre continues to be at the forefront of Lebanese politics.

When we visited, it was election time, and the streets were packed with political parties waving Hezbollah flags (and a few weapons) shouting through loudspeakers and blocking the streets!

Ancient ruins in Tyre

23. Hezbollah Disneyland

Mleeta, also known as ‘Hezbollah Disneyland’ or (more officially) ‘Hezbollah’s War Museum’, is a controversial tourist site in Lebanon. Operated by Hezbollah, the Shi’a Islamist political party and militant group, Mleeta offers visitors insight into the organization’s perspective on its role in recent Lebanese history, particularly during conflicts with Israel.

The museum, located around 45 kilometres south of Beirut, is built on a former military base. You walk through the preserved battlefield, complete with trenches, bunkers, and rusted weaponry. Exhibits showcase remnants of Israeli military equipment, including drones and tanks, allegedly destroyed or abandoned during conflicts.

One of the most iconic displays is the ‘Path of Martyrs’, a trail surrounded by uniformly shaped rocks representing Hezbollah fighters who died during the 2006 war.

While Mleeta provides an intriguing glimpse into the perspectives and tactics of Hezbollah, it’s essential to remember that it represents a one-sided view of complex regional conflicts.

A rusted Israeli tank on display in Hezbollah Disneyland

Map of the best places to visit in Lebanon

Here’s a map detailing the best sights in Lebanon:

How to travel to Lebanon

Flights are the most common way to reach Lebanon, with Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport being the main gateway. Airlines like Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Air France provide regular flights from numerous global destinations. It’s recommended to book flights well in advance to secure the best fares.

Within Lebanon, public transportation is quite common, including buses, service taxis, and car rentals. As part of your pre-trip planning, consider learning some basic Arabic phrases, although English and French are also widely spoken.

Lastly, always stay updated with the latest travel advisories – things can change quickly in Lebanon, so keep on top of the news! – and local laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey to this fascinating nation.

The safety of travelling to Lebanon can vary due to political, economic, and regional instability. There have been periods of relative calm, but also periods of unrest and conflict. Lebanon has faced a severe economic crisis, which has led to shortages of essential goods and services, including electricity, fuel and medical supplies.

Certain areas, particularly along the borders with Syria and Israel, have been designated as areas of increased risk due to ongoing military and political tensions. Additionally, Lebanon is home to numerous refugee camps, where conditions can be challenging and tensions high.

However, many travellers have visited Lebanon without incident and, like myself, found the Lebanese people to be extraordinarily hospitable. Lebanese cities like Beirut, Byblos, and Tripoli are rich in history, culture and cuisine, which makes for an incredible travel experience.

Tripoli, Lebanon

Best time to visit Lebanon

Lebanon’s Mediterranean climate makes it a year-round destination, with each season offering unique attractions. However, the best time to visit largely depends on your activities of interest.

Spring (April to June) is arguably the most beautiful time to visit Lebanon. The weather is pleasantly warm, not too hot nor too cold, and the countryside is in full bloom. This is an excellent time for sightseeing, hiking, and exploring historical sites such as the ruins of Baalbek or Byblos.

Autumn (September to November) is another great time to visit. The weather is similar to spring, and the changing foliage offers a picturesque landscape. It’s also the season for wine harvesting, making it a perfect time to visit vineyards in the Bekaa Valley.

Summer (July to August) in Lebanon can be hot and humid, particularly in cities like Beirut, but it’s also the peak season for beach activities along the Mediterranean coast and for nightlife.

Winter (December to March) is chilly, especially in the mountains. However, if you’re interested in winter sports, this is the best time to visit since Lebanon boasts some excellent ski resorts in the Mount Lebanon range.

Ski in the morning, beach in the afternoon!

FAQ on the best places to visit in Lebanon

Here’s a quick FAQ on the top places to visit in Lebanon:

Q1: What are the top places to visit in Lebanon?

A1: Some of the top places to visit in Lebanon include Beirut, Byblos, Baalbek, Jeita Grotto, Sidon, Tripoli, and the Cedars of God forest in the Qadisha Valley.

Q2: What historical sites should I visit in Lebanon?

A2: Lebanon is rich with historical sites, such as the Roman ruins in Baalbek, the Phoenician city of Byblos, the medieval Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles in Tripoli, and the Crusader Sea Castle in Sidon.

Q3: I’m interested in natural attractions. What does Lebanon offer?

A3: Lebanon offers stunning natural sites like the Jeita Grotto, a massive limestone cave system, the Qadisha Valley, known for its natural beauty and historical monasteries, and the Chouf Cedar Reserve, home to Lebanon’s famous cedar trees.

Q4: Can I enjoy beach activities in Lebanon?

A4: Yes, Lebanon has several beautiful beaches, primarily located along its Mediterranean coastline. Popular spots include Ramlet al-Baida in Beirut, Tyre’s pristine sandy beach, and the beach clubs in Batroun.

Q5: What can I explore in Beirut?

A5: Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, is a vibrant city known for its diverse architecture, history, and culture. Don’t miss the Beirut Souks for shopping, the Beirut National Museum, the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and the lively Mar Mikhael and Gemmayze neighbourhoods known for their nightlife.

Q6: What is unique about the food culture in Lebanon?

A6: Lebanon is famous for its delicious cuisine. Explore local markets and food stalls in cities like Beirut and Saida. Don’t miss out on tasting traditional dishes like hummus, tabbouleh, kibbeh and manouche.

Q7: Are there any mountain activities in Lebanon?

A7: Yes, Lebanon’s mountain ranges offer excellent opportunities for hiking, camping, and winter sports. The mountains of the Qadisha Valley are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the slopes of the Mount Lebanon range, particularly in Faraya, are popular for skiing.

Q8: What are some places to visit for art and culture enthusiasts in Lebanon?

A8: The Sursock Museum in Beirut houses a significant collection of modern and contemporary art. The city also hosts the Beirut Art Centre and numerous galleries. Traditional handicrafts can be found in the old souks of Tripoli and Byblos.

Q9: Are there wine tours in Lebanon?

A9: Absolutely, Lebanon has a rich history of wine-making. The Bekaa Valley is the country’s wine heartland, hosting many wineries that offer tours and tastings, such as Chateau Ksara and Chateau Musar.

Q10: What can I do in Tyre?

A10: Tyre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient ruins, including the Roman Hippodrome. It also has one of the best beaches in Lebanon, and its old souk is perfect for a leisurely stroll and local food.

Q11: Can I go hiking in Lebanon?

A11: Yes, Lebanon offers several hiking trails. The Lebanon Mountain Trail extends 470 km from the North to the South, taking you through beautiful landscapes and cultural sites. The Qadisha Valley and Chouf Mountains also offer excellent trails.

Q12: Is there nightlife in Lebanon?

A12: Yes, Lebanon, particularly Beirut, is known for its vibrant nightlife. Areas like Mar Mikhael and Gemmayzeh are filled with bars and clubs. There’s also a thriving music scene with venues offering everything from traditional Lebanese music to international DJs.

Q13: What places are suitable for kids in Lebanon?

A13: The Beirut National Museum and the Mim Mineral Museum are educational and fun for kids. Outdoor spaces like the Horsh Beirut park, the Sanayeh Garden, and animal encounters at the Animal City are also enjoyable for families.

Q14: Can I explore religious sites in Lebanon?

A14: Definitely. Lebanon is home to significant religious sites, reflecting its diverse religious communities. Visit the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque and the St. George Maronite Cathedral in Beirut, the monasteries in the Qadisha Valley, or the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa.

There we have it, the best places to visit in Lebanon! Let us know your favourite places to visit in the comments below!