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 antique Phoenician city, located about 80 km (50 mi) south of Beirut, is an idyllic getaway on the Mediterranean coast. Lebanon's southernmost city, jutting out into the sea, is noted for its white-sand shores and wonderful Roman ruins.
Tyre boasts a number of ancient sites, including Roman Hippodrome, which was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. It's the biggest and the most preserved Roman hippodrome in the world. The arena was used for very popular and dangerous chariot races. The city's necropolis consists of hundreds of stone and marble sarcophagi from the Roman and Byzantine eras.
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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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