Major Tourist Attractions: Jeita Grotto, Kadisha Valley, Mzaar Kfardebian, Byblos Castle, National Museum of Beirut
Lebanon is a country famed for the beauty of their mountains with the spectacular Mount Lebanon Range rising like a spine through the middle of the country. To the east is the Mediterranean and to the west is the Bekaa Valley with the Anti Lebanon Range forming a natural border further to the west with Syria. The flag of Lebanon depicts a cedar tree as a symbol of steadiness and immortality. The famous cedar trees of Lebanon are distinctive at Cedars ski resort and the Chouf Cedar Reserve but sadly have been deforested throughout much of the country.
In stark contrast to the vast mountains and valleys is the chaotic capital of Beirut, a city that can be sophisticated as well as potentially dangerous.
Since being declared independent in 1943 Lebanon has suffered lengthy periods of war. However this has not stopped the people of Lebanon from being friendly,open, and particularly welcoming to foreigners. As a result, travel within Lebanon offers great experiences and diversity:
- Visit the bars in Gemmayzeh in Beirut for a taste of Lebanese nightlife. The Lebanese know how to party and you’ll find yourself up all night.
- Head to Souk el Tayeb in Beirut, a farmers’ market showcasing produce from all over the country.
- Take a stroll along the Corniche in Beirut at sunset for spectacular views of the Mediterranean and a chance to meet locals and visitors who gather in this popular area in the evenings.
- Take a trip to the fishing port of Byblos and admire the sleepy Mediterranean village.
- Visit Bcharre, a beautiful town to base yourself, and take walks around town and into the forests of the Qadisha Valley.
- Visit the almost deserted Virgin Mary’s church in Hawqa to explore the chapel and wonderful walks around the hills.
- Wander around Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley, one of the finest examples of Roman ruins in the world, and one of the least visited.
- From Zahle take a trip to the Ksara winery. They offer a 45 minute winery tour with free tastings. The wine is world class and you’ll find bottles at many international Lebanese restaurants.
- Visit the ruins of Aanjar.
- Admire the intricate mosaics in the early 19th century Beiteddine Palace.
Address: U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
Awkar facing the Municipality
Phone: (961) 4 542600 - 543600