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Lebanon Popular Places to Visit

Qana Al Jaleel

Qana, the site of Christ first miracle and Lebanon’s newest archaeological site.

Qana is built around a hill that contains a grotto sanctuary called Al- Jaleel. It is at the sanctuary that, a rock carving of Christ and his disciples where discovered and it is believed that Christ and his followers visited frequently.

Near the sanctuary of Jaleel, a Canaanite prophet, six large stone basins were found. It is believed that these are the same basins Christ used to turn the water into wine.

The South, Lebanon

Khan El Franj

The khan el Franj is one of the many khans or caravansaries built by Fakhreddine II for merchants and goods. This is a typical khan with a large rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries. The center of economic activity for the city in the 19th century, the khan also housed the French consulate.

Later, in the 19th Century, Sidon's khan housed the French consulate, a school, a convent, an inn and a small museum displaying local artifacts. The terrace affords a clear view of the harbor and the Sea Castle.

Today it is being renovated to serve as Sidon’s cultural center.

Sidon, Lebanon

Eshmoun Temple

The Temple of Eshmoun, an ancient place of worship, dedicated to the healing god Eshmoun, is the only Phoenician site in Lebanon that has retained more than its foundation stones.

It is located near the Awal River, 2 Km northeast of Sidon.

Its oldest remains date back to the sixth century BC, to the Neo-Babylonian period. It had been used throughout the ages & periods (since Babylonian through Persian, Greek & Roman till Byzantine epoch) as a worshiping place. According to Genesis it is the first born of Canaan.

The first hit to the Eshmun sanctuary was by an earthquake in the 4th century BC, which demolished the marble temple atop the podium; this structure was not rebuilt

Sidon, Lebanon


About 83 km south of Beirut, Tyre is the fourth largest city of Lebanon. It was an island in ages past, celebrated for its beauty.

Tyre emerges today from the debris of centuries. Excavations on the site have uncovered remains of the Crusader, Arab, Byzantine and Graeco-Roman cities.

Herodotus of Halicarnassus, "Father of History" visited Tyre during the 5th century B.C. and described the famous Temple of Melkart (Heracles). The priests of the city-god told him that the temple was built 2300 years previously when Tyre was founded, that is 2750 B.C.

The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish, known as Tyrian purple This color was, in many cultures of ancient times, reserved for the use of royalty, or at least nobility.

Tyre has a colorful souk (covered market) well worth exploring. Look for the Ottoman khan, or inn, just inside the market entrance. On a side street is the "Mamluke House", an Ottoman period residence that is being restored as a cultural heritage and information center by the General Directorate of Antiquities.

The South, Lebanon


Sidon (Saida) is the third-largest city in Lebanon. It is located in the South Governorate of Lebanon, on the Mediterranean coast, about 40 km. In Genes Sidon is the son of Canaan, the grandson of Noah. Its name coincides with the modern Arabic word for fishery.

A 6,000 year old city which features the Saidi Sea Castle and the Old City of Saida.  It inhabited since 4000 BC and believed to be of Phoenician origin. It was destroyed twice by war between the 7th and 4th centuries BC and once by an earthquake in the 6th century AD.

Sidon contains several shopping venues boasting local and international brands, as well as a handful of food and beverage outlets as "senioura," a delicious crumbly cookie.

The South, Lebanon

Qadisha Valley

The Qadisha Valley is a valley that lies within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governate  of Lebanon. The valley is a deep gorge carved by the Qadisha River.

Qadisha means "Holy" in Aramaic, and the valley, sometimes called the Holy Valley, has sheltered Christain Monastic communities for many centuries.

The long, deep Qadisha Valley is located at the foot of Mount al-Makmal in northern Lebanon. Through it the Holy River, Nahr Qadisha, runs for 35 km from its source in a cave (grotto) a little way below the Cedars.

The sides of the valley are steep cliffs that contain many caves, often at more than 1000m and all difficult of access.

In 1998, UNESCO added the valley to the list of World Heritage Sites because of its importance as the site of some of the earliest Christian monastic settlements in the world, and its continued example of early Christian faith.

The North, Lebanon


Tripoli is the largest city in the north and the second-largest city in Lebanon. Situated 85 km north of the capital Beirut.

It was founded by the Phoenicians 800 BC.

Modern day Tripoli combines the past and present with many historical structures dating back to the Crusade and Islam periods, still standing intact and inhabited. Particularly famous are the old Souks or “Khans” where tradesmen still trade since thousands of years ago, 5,000 year old Tripoli Castle and one of the oldest ports in the world.

Tripoli is particularly famous for its Middle Eastern desserts and Sweets.


Tripoli, Lebanon


The Cedars forest is one of the main tourist attractions in Lebanon; the forest has been mentioned and referred to many times in the Bible, its rich history has made this area one of the most important tourist destinations in the Middle East.

Its centerpiece is an ancient grove of cedars, a tree is the national emblem of Lebanon, and is displayed on the Lebanese Flag.

Just below The Cedars is the town of Bsharre, birthplace of Gibran Khalil Gibran. Gibran Khalil Gibran author of The Prophet is famous among other things for Gibran Museum, located at the entrance of the village, in the forest of Saint Sarkis, next to ancient monasteries and a Phoenician tomb.

The scenery and the quality of the snow make The Cedars an exceptional skiing venue. Nature lovers will find paradise on earth in this region endowed by breathtaking landscape and natural wonders for the eye.

Cedars, Lebanon


Byblos is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal. It is a Mediterranean city in the Mount Lebanon Governate.

The city’s current name is taken from the Greek word for “papyrus” (paper). Byblos was not only a major trading center and producer of papyrus, but is also famous for being the city where Phoenician scholars created the world’s first alphabet. It is believed to have been occupied first between 8800 and 7000 BC.

A thriving modern town built upon multiple layers of ruins, Byblos is a mix of sophistication and tradition.

Byblos has extensive archaeological ruins which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins range from Stone Age huts to a Roman theater to a Persian fortress and an impressive Crusader castle. Take a walk through the medieval quarter of the city and explore the old souks (markets), the medieval ramparts, and several beautiful old churches.

Byblos remains as one of Lebanon's major tourist sites due to its rich history and scenic mountains overlooking the Mediterranean.

In 2013 Byblos was chosen by Tatweej academy and a UN committee as the best touristic city in the Middle East for its great history, nature, food, nightlife and worldwide renowned sites.

Byblos, Lebanon

Al Barouk

Barouk is a pleasant summer resort town in the Chouf, known for its abundant springs and open-air restaurants. Barouk is distinguished by its large Cedar forest, which is part of the Chouf Nature Reserve.

Al Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in the Chouf  District of Lebanon. It is located on the slopes of Barouk mountain and has an area of 550 km2 (210 sq mi), nearly 5.3% of the Lebanese territory.

The reserve contains the Lebanon Cedar forests of Barouk. It is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and Eco-tourism area. It hosts 32 species of wild mammals, 200 species of birds, and 500 species of plants.

Chouf, Lebanon