Reasons to Visit
Lebanon is a real melting pot: you'll find Lebanese Christians and Muslims of various denominations, as well as Armenians and Palestinians in smaller numbers. What all Lebanese have in common is their friendliness and hospitality towards strangers, and this, combined with the mix of cultures and religions, is what makes Lebanon a fascinating place to visit.
Countless great civilisations have left their mark on Lebanon - from the Phoenicians to the Greeks, the Crusaders to the Ottomans and many, many more in between. The ruined cities left behind are amongst Lebanon's greatest attractions.
One of the world's most vibrant cities, Beirut is a great place to enjoy a strong, thick cup of coffee, whilst watching the locals go about their business. There are a range of cafes - from cheap local student hangouts, to swish establishments that wouldn't be out of place in Paris or Milan.
Lebanese dishes such as tabouleh, hummus, falafel and baba ganoush are commonly replicated around the world, but the authentic dishes prepared in the country really are the tastiest and cannot be beaten.
Lebanon's second city of Tripoli is a traditional town which could not be more different to the glitzy capital Beirut. Tripoli is famous for its colourful and lively souqs, where the maze of narrow alleyways includes medieval mosques, madrassas and public baths which are well worth exploring.
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998, the stunning landscape of the Qadisha valley is just a few hours drive from bustling Beirut and provides the perfect contrast. The exceptional backdrop is a great destination for activities ranging from gentle strolls to full day treks.
Lebanon is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, and its offerings rival some of Bordeaux's finest. The southern Bekaa Valley is home to many of the regions best wineries including Ksar Massa and Château Ksara, and you will find the world famous Châteaux Musar roughly 30km to the north of Beirut.
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Byblos is a pretty coastal town harbouring many expensive boats, and with the most dominating remaining ruin being the crusader castle. The town is home to some fantastic seafood restaurants and is very different world to other Lebanese towns.
The serene and peaceful pace of life in the modern day town of Byblos differs greatly to that of the ancient town of Byblos.
Byblos is known to have been inhabited since the 5th Millennium BC, however, by the 3rd Millennium BC it had become a significant religious centre, due to Phoenician colonisation.
During its peak, Byblos, another of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world had great ties and connections with the Egyptians, and as a result was a thriving and wealthy town.
Byblos is also thought to have been the birthplace of a linear alphabet during the Phoenician period. Unfortunately, Byblos’ significance declined, as Tyre’s increased, and before long, Tyre became the most important Phoenician state between 1100 and 725BC.
Today, modern Byblos is a pretty coastal town harbouring many expensive boats, and with the most dominating remaining ruin being the crusader castle. The town is home to some fantastic seafood restaurants and is very different world to other Lebanese towns.
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