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Lebanon Popular Places to Visit

Old Souks In Jbeil

The Old Souks in Jbeil are on every local’s and tourist’s must-visit list. These historical walkways come alive during the day as a heritage site, and at night, it’s a great place to hang out with friends. Revel in the liveliness of the souks, take a perfect picture, and fill your day (and night) with the best memories!

Byblos, Lebanon

Al Tal Tripoli

Want to experience what life may have been like in 20th-century Tripoli? Walk through the city’s Tal district. The architecture lining this street will leave you in awe, and the hidden gems you may find exploring the area make this site a must-visit in Lebanon. Don’t be afraid to eat from the local shops as the people of Tripoli do.

Tripoli, Lebanon

Hamra

Hamra is Beirut’s hub of culture and knowledge. With the largest concentration of universities in Lebanon and a rich cultural history, it’s no secret that a walk through Hamra should be on your list of places to visit in Lebanon. Soak up the hustle and bustle plus the progressive atmosphere as you walk among students, tourists, and locals.

Beirut, Lebanon

Baatara Gorge Waterfall

The Baatara Gorge Waterfall in Tannourine is one of the best sites to visit in Lebanon. Found by Henri Coiffait in 1952, the waterfall only gained popularity recently, with more locals and tourists hiking up for the perfect picture. Geologists theorize that the site is millions of years old and may have existed alongside the dinosaurs.

Tannourine, Lebanon

Akkar

Akkar boasts the country’s biggest and most beautiful expanses of nature. Still largely undiscovered by tourists, Akkar is a gem just waiting for explorers to unearth it. It is difficult to get around because of the lack of preparation for visitors, but there is always somewhere to stay. Rent a car and drive around this region of countryside—the views you’ll experience there are unlike any others.

The North, Lebanon

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

Tyre

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

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