Lebanon is now a more appealing holiday destination than ever before. Once a civil war-torn hell-hole (an emblem of destruction), is now recovering and rising above the rest with its full glory. Also known as "Paris of East", there are many places to visit in Lebanon offering you a peaceful, dreamy yet adventurous senses. The country is characterized by its dramatic coastline, lip-smacking cuisine, affable inhabitants, and DJs. Although the country is small in size, it caters to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a country of many landmarks, be it sightseeing or just a casual pleasing vacation and it also has a little something for nature lovers. What is not to love here? The seas, rivers, mountains, everything just basically looks majestic.
Top 8 Places To Visit In Lebanon For An Enticing Trip
Lebanon is a divine and pristine holiday destination. The country has been destroyed and renovated and now shines its full glory.
1. Lake Qaraoun
It is the largest freshwater body in Lebanon, an artificial reservoir. Sitting on the southern part of Beqaa Valley, and was built with the erection of the Litani River Dam. Although swimming in the lake is not allowed, you can instead, explore the lake via boat ride or stride along the lake's shore. You can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants in the vicinity. It is one of the most beautiful places in Lebanon, catering to a breathtaking landscape with amazing seafood.
Location: Lake Qaraoun, Lebanon
Timings: Open 24 hours, every day
Best Time To Visit: Between March to May
Entry Fee: Free
2. Cedars Of God
Whether you want to hike through the forest or if you are a history Nazi or just want to enjoy amazing scenery, well, Cedars of God is the place for you. You can take it from the name as well that the place is heavenly and divine. The cedar tree is the logo of the country and offers you an amazing and unique sight. The sightseeing in Lebanon is incomplete without visiting this place. Not to forget the forest was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The forest is believed to have religious and historical importance (because the place was settled by the early Christian monks).
Location: Bsharri North Governorate, Qadisha Valley, Lebanon
Timings: Opens at 10 AM and closes at 6 PM
Best Time To Visit: During opening Hours (prefer morning hours)
Entry Fee: Free
3. Qadisha Valley
This valley contains the Cedars of God, the UNESCO World Heritage site. This itself makes the place surreal and one of the finest places to visit in the Middle East. It is a historic site and holds some of the most important monasteries in the world and it goes back to the time when Christianity was still spreading. Historic value is not the only thing why you should visit this place but the valley also has a fantastic natural view. This valley is also a place for adventure. You can go hiking at the foot of the valley or just admire the history of the place. Located in northern Lebanon, the monasteries and the valley have such a dramatic position and are set in the extraordinary rugged landscape.
Location: Basharri North Governorate, north of Mount Lebanon.
Timings: Open 24 hours
Best Time To Visit: In the spring or autumn season when the temperature is ideal
Entry Fee: Free
4. Baalbek Temples
The Temples of Baalbek are one of the most famous places in Lebanon to visit. Often called the "City of the Sun", Baalbek is the perfect city in Lebanon to see ancient archaeological monuments. The city is house to many temples, the most important of the them are Temple of Bacchus and the Temple of Jupiter. The temple of Bacchus is one of the best-preserved and grandest Roman ruins. In the city, you have the chance to gape at ancient architecture which served solace. The temples are situated near the Syrian border (but it is nothing to be worried about). You can hire a local guide for the ultimate experience. The finest things to do in Lebanon is admiring these temples.
Location: Baalbek, Lebanon
Timings: Opens at 8 AM and closes at 6 PM
Best Time To Visit: Spring and autumn season
Entry Fee: Visitors are advised to consult the local authorities (price varies)
5. Sidon Sea Castle
This castle was built as a fortress by the Crusaders in the 13th century. It is one of the most significant historic sites in Lebanon. It is built on a small island connected to the mainland by the narrow 80m long roadway. The castle has witnessed many wars. It has been damaged and rebuilt much time and it still never fails to amaze its tourists. there are a few top-rated villas in Lebanon, near the castle. How can you not witness this glorious and charismatic castle sitting in the middle of the sea? Sidon Sea Castle has been renovated so many times and still, it emerges as more glorious than before.
Location: Sidon, Lebanon (close to Courich El Bahr Road)
Timings: Opens at 9 AM and Closes at 12 AM
Best Time To Visit: Between April to November
Entry Fee: For foreigners: LBP 4000 and for Lebanese: LBP 3500
6. Raouche Pigeon Rocks
It is the best natural wonder you can find in Lebanon. These rock formations are surrounded by the sea and they have a majestic look. You can enjoy the amazing view of these formations. You can enjoy a spectacular sunset at the Rouche Pigeon Rocks. It is located at the Beirut western-most tip. The locals love to walk along the corniche at any time of the day. The busiest time is during the sunset because of its magnificent and magical view. These limestone rocks just offshore are prime selfie territory and a Beirut landmark. The cafes in Lebanon offer luscious food, but the cafes near the rock formations are not so good with food, still are a good place to sit and enjoy a shisha or beer with the splendid sunset.
Location: Rouche, Beirut, Lebanon (in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea)
Timings: Opens 24 hours, every day
Best Time To Visit: Between March to May or October to December
Entry Fee: Free
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Anyone with even a little interest in history would be aware that Lebanon is a country filled with ancient structures that prove the existence of ancient human civilization. Byblos is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the entire country (some even believe it is the oldest in the entire world). You can visit Byblos Citadel, explore the nooks, and crannies inside you can learn about the city's history. There is also a castle which you can visit. The city is now the most iconic place in Lebanon. You can also enjoy marvelous remains so to Byblos Museum (displays the remains found by the archaeologists in the city.
Location: Byblos, Lebanon
Timings: Open 24 hours
Best Time To Visit: Between the end of June to end of July
Entry Fee: Visitors are advised to consult with the local authorities
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8. Jeita Grotto
Jeita Grotto tops the list of every traveler who wants to visit Lebanon. The vacation to the country is incomplete without visiting this place. Located in a town just outside the capital of the country, Beirut, this place has cultural and historical importance. The grotto was discovered in 1836. This place will cast its spell of magic as soon as you enter the grotto. The enchanting view with its naturally formed stalagmites and stalactites lining the cave will for sure awake all your senses and soul. The grotto is in two parts (upper and lower), you can take a boat ride to explore the lower section and walk along the bridge to explore the upper section. One of the must-see places in Lebanon, this cave has a divine and pristine aura.
Note: Cameras are strictly prohibited inside the premises of the cave.
Location: Valley of the Dog River, Keserwan, Bayrut, Lebanon
Timings: Opens at 9 AM and closes at 5 PM, closed on Mondays
Best Time To Visit: During the opening hours (and when the sun is not above your head)
Entry Fee: For adults 18000 LBP, for kids 10000 LBP
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Lebanon is a country full of mountains, rivers, beaches, and serene green land. What's not to love here? Everything is so beautiful and presents how the country has arisen from almost ashes (after the civil war). There are so many tourist attractions in Lebanon that will elevate your senses and will give you a feeling of tranquility. Not only nature's artifacts but there is more to the country. The architectural styles have a character of their own which adds a touch of uniqueness to the country. The place has been slowly rising on every traveler’s list. Give it time, and the country will not fail you. If you haven't already, then book your flights to Lebanon now and enjoy a sedative holiday.
The main airport in Lebanon is Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport.
Uniquely for a Middle East country, Lebanon experiences all four seasons, but the best time to visit the country is spring and late autumn. You can plan your trip in the months of May, June, October and, November.
Lebanon is fringed by golden beaches and has all the hallmarks of a classic traveler’s destination. Some of the best hotels in Lebanon are Urban Central Suites Beirut, The Smallville Hotel, Warwick Stone 55 Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel Beirut Verdun, and Gefinor Rotana Hotel.
Lebanon is a beautiful and rosy land. Although it is still recovering from the brutal civil war, yet, it has so many places that you can visit. To name a few:
- Jeita Grotto
- Sidon Sea Castle
- Lake Qaraoun
- Baalbek Temples
Yes, Lebanon has waterfalls, and as a matter of fact, it has not one, not two but more than 10 waterfalls. Some of the best waterfalls of the country are: -
- Baatara Waterfall
- Jezzine Waterfall
- Afqa Waterfall
- Sirjbal Waterfall
The country has some amazing cuisines to offer. The food here is culinary tradition and practice. The country has the healthiest food (it is healthy and delicious). These are some of the best restaurants in Lebanon
- Beirut Restaurant
- Jounieh Restaurant
- Byblos Restaurant
- Zahle Restaurant
Yes, Lebanon is an adventurous place. There are so many outdoor activities you can enjoy, explore many waterfalls, and witness the scenic beauty. It is an adventure for your soul.
Yes, it is safe to visit Lebanon. It is one of the safest countries in the world and not just for its nationals but tourists and female as well. However, keep an open eye for protests and political unrest (check on the news, and if there is any, you should avoid visit at that time, the rest is a go-go).