Fertile valleys, rugged snow-capped mountain peaks, lapping warm waters of the Mediterranean and a history that dates back to Biblical times.
A relatively small country at 225 kilometres long and 46 kilometres wide, Lebanon is made up of fertile valleys, rugged snow-capped mountain peaks, lapping warm waters of the Mediterranean and a history that dates back to Biblical times.
Mount Lebanon is for the snow-sport enthusiasts in winter, but is furthermore an area rich with historical sites; it’s also where you’ll find the spectacular otherworldly Jeita Grotto. Take the winding walkway through the Upper Grotto before being rowed across an underground lake through the Lower Grotto – a sight that shouldn’t be missed. Visit Byblos, the World Heritage listed, fortified seaside town where excavations unearthed artefacts dating back to Neolithic times.
Tripoli features one of the most atmospheric souks in Lebanon, an intriguing medieval city centre and is the starting point for a short boat ride to the Palm Island Nature Reserve. Made up of three islands, it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, seals, many bird species and two turtle species. With designated walking trails, it’s also a lovely place to do some swimming or snorkelling.
With a chequered history, the capital city of Beirut has been damaged and destroyed by earthquake, tidal wave, fire, war and hostility and rebuilt with great resolve time and time again. Now a modern and cosmopolitan city, layers of its fascinating past have been uncovered by archaeologists revealing many eras of the city’s history. In the south of Beirut, Prehistoric tools were found dating back to around 200,000 BC. Many of the treasures discovered on various digs can be found in the city’s many interesting museums including The National Museum, The AUB Archaeological Museum and at various sites all over the city.
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