For a small country, Lebanon is filled with numerous amazing attractions. Immerse yourself in the cultures, traditions and landscapes of this diverse land as you make your way through traditional villages and ancient cities.
This early Islamic settlement was once a commercial centre on the caravan route as well as a summer and hunting resort for the Umayyad dynasty. Soak up the atmosphere among the bustling markets and explore a spectacular complex of ruins dating back to 705 AD.
In this UNESCO World Heritage site you can discover the remains of an 8th-century city and palace complex founded by the Umayyad dynasty. The walls of the Calip's palace are still largely intact, with clues to the former presence of forty towers.
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Where to stay:
In Beirut, we encourage you to stay at 4* Bella Riva Hotel with excellent reviews. Located on a quiet street in the Manara district, this hotel is just 200 m from the Mediterranean seafront promenade. It offers spacious guestrooms with balconies and free private parking. Hamra Street is 5 minutes’ walk away. All units at the Bella Riva Suites Hotel are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite TV, a minibar and safety deposit box. Some rooms include a fully equipped kitchen and a private balcony. Set in a quiet corner of the lobby, Bella Riva’s restaurant offers European and Middle Eastern cuisine. There is also an on-site coffee shop that serves hot drinks and snacks.
In Dbayeh you can consider staying at 3* Nj Hotel with good reviews. This hotel features free WiFi, a restaurant, a garden and a 24-hour front desk. NJ Hotel offers rooms with air conditioning and room service. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. Every room has a private bathroom with free toiletries, while some boast mountain views. All guest rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
What to do:
Go hiking in the Qadisha (Kadisha) Valley
Take a wine tasting tour to the Ksara ancient caves, which are home to Lebanon’s oldest winery. Tour the caves and discover how Lebanese wine is made in this beautiful area of Beqaa Valley.
In Beirut you can explore the MIM Museum (Mineral Museum) and the National Museum. Check out the American University of Beirut and Zaitunay Bay.
Admire the astonishing limestone formations in Jeita Grotto, the system of two interconnected grottos spanning an overall length of nearly 9 kilometres. You can make a tour in the upper cave by foot and the lower cave by boat.
Stroll along the old cobblestone streets and enjoy the architecture of the ancient cities.
Go to Sidon Sea Boulevard to admire the Crusaders Sea Castle.
Sample some traditional Lebanese food, like local “meze” (Middle Eastern small dishes), kafta, hummus, tabbouleh or kibbeh – Lebanon’s national dish.
Take a trip to Harissa, Our Lady Of Lebanon.
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