10 Must-Visit Destinations In Lebanon +Video

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From North to South, Lebanon has so much to offer as historic, cultural and sacred sites not to mention its mesmerizing landscapes which change along with the four seasons. Once you visit this tiny country in the middle east yet the richest in natural resources, you will notice that Lebanon isn’t only rich in touristic places and natural wonders, but has the most generous and hospitable people you will ever meet.

This list includes 10 tourist attractions across Lebanon.

10- Zaytunay Bay

Zaytunay Bay in Beirut
Zaytunay Bay

Surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops and everything you need, Zaytunay Bay, designed by American architect Steven Holl,  is the right place to take a walk along the Mediterranean Sea and perfect for hangouts.

The luxury marina exceeds all expectations,  it is accessible to the public with the promenade on the upper level linking the public sidewalk to the marina boardwalk in a vehicle-free environment.

9- Old Souk Byblos

Old Souk in Byblos (Jbeil)
Byblos Old Souk

Located in Byblos also known as Jbeil, the Old Souk is a great place where you get to walk in a historical atmosphere with lots of Souvenirs shops around you. You can shop for souvenirs and antiques, or simply stroll along the old cobblestone streets and enjoy the architecture.

Byblos traces back to the Neolithic period around 5000BC and it was in the city of Jbeil where the Phoenicians invented the first alphabet and used its harbor for trade.

8- Beit Eddine

Beit Eddine Palace in Lebanon
Beit Eddine Palace

Ever wonder where Emir Bashir II of the Shihab dynasty lived?

Emir Bashir II started building the palace in 1788. However, when he was sent into exile the palace was used by the Ottomans as a government building after 1840.  In 1934, it was declared a national monument.

You can wander through Emir Bashir’s palace and contemplate its interesting architecture.

7- The Crusader Castle

Crusader Castle in Lebanon
Crusader Castle in Byblos

The Crusader Castle is definitely worth a visit. Located in Byblos, the world oldest town that was continually inhabited, The Crusader Castle was built in the 12th century. The blocks that make up the structure, pillaged from the Roman ruins, are large. From the top of the ramparts, you can see the outlines of the excavated ancient town of Byblos. Many of the extraordinary artifacts excavated from Byblos are presently housed in the National Museum of Beirut.

6- Qadisha Valley

Qadisha Valley in Lebanon
Qadisha Valley in Bsharre

It’s a holy gorge, that lies within Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of Lebanon,  is filled with ancient monasteries and hermitages carved into its cliffs.

It is not only the most spectacularly scenic location, but it has been the center of monasticism and a place of refuge as well. The many caves and beautiful monasteries offer a fascinating and inspiring insight into the Christian heritage of this land and the living faith of the monasteries.

5- Saint Charbel Tomb

Saint Charbel monastery in Lebanon
Saint Charbel’s monastery, Annaya

In the region of Mount Lebanon of Jbeil, on a hill, which is regarded as one of the nicest hills in Lebanon, is a Monastery belonging to the Lebanese Maronite Order, known as St Maron Monastery – Annaya, where Saint Charbel spent his life, you can feel the presence of God, and enjoy a peaceful moment with the nature surrounding.

You can still feel the power of Saint Charbel the Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon who obtained a wide reputation for holiness and his miracles in Lebanon and abroad.

4- Temples of Baalbek

Baalbek Temple ruins
Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek

Baalbek, known as Heliopolis in Greek and Roman antiquity, still possesses some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon, including one of the largest temples of the empire. The gods that were worshipped there Jupiter, Venus, and Bacchus.

The Baalbek temple complex, fortified as the town’s citadel during the Middle Ages, is simply amazing.

The Temple of Jupiter (Roman Heliopolis) was a colossal temple dedicated to the cult of Zeus,

The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek is one of the grandest Roman temple ruins in the world.

You can wander around the site quite freely and even climb on top of some of the ruins.

Baalbeck is listed on the UNESCO world heritage site as well. In summer the temples host an international music festival since 60 years

3- Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto in Lebanon
Jeita Grotto

Jeita Grotto is the pride of Lebanon. It is a magical limestone cave with amazing agglomerations of stalagmites and stalactites.

The caves are situated in the Nahr al-Kalb valley within the locality of Jeita, north of the Beirut. The Grotto can only be visited by boat since it channels an underground river that provides fresh drinking water to more than a million Lebanese.

Aside from being a Lebanese national symbol and a top tourist destination, the Jeita grotto was one of top 14 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

2- Our Lady of Harissa

Our Lady of Harissa, Lebanon
Our Lady of Harissa

The Statue of Our Lady of Lebanon is a French-made of the Virgin Mary, in the village of Harissa, in honor of Our Lady of Lebanon.

People, from different religions, visit Our Lady of Harissa, take the stairs till the Virgin Mary and pray in such a peaceful and spiritual place to feel closer to our Mother Mary.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon draws millions of faithful both Christians and Muslims from all over the world.

It’s just great to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head into the mountains.

1- Cedars of God

Cedars of God, Lebanon
Cedars of God, Cedars of Lebanon

The Cedars of God is a natural treasure. These cedars have been around for thousands of years.

Situated in a beautiful location high in the Mount Lebanon range above Bcharre, Cedars of God is one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Lebanon cedar, that once thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times.

During winter you can ski the slopes and enjoy the beauty of Lebanon’s Cedars. During the summer, taking a walk in the forest among thousand-year old cedars is heavenly.

In 1998, the Cedars of God were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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