Top Tourist Attractions in Lebanon
Tourism in Lebanon has become one of the most important economic sources. Many Arab and foreign tourists come to spend their holidays and to enjoy their sights and other attractions such as resorts, hotels, and shopping malls. Let us dear readers know about the best tourist attractions in Lebanon through this list.
The capital of Lebanon. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. It is situated on a hilly promontory on the eastern Mediterranean surrounded to the east by the snow-capped mountains of Lebanon. Before the civil war it was a cultural center of the Arab World, a major international financial, banking and media center and was called the Switzerland of the Middle East. It is called the Paris of the Middle East.
Beirut Central District
Beirut Central District is the name given to the city’s geographic, administrative and commercial center. Perhaps more significantly, it is an area which urban landscape speaks volumes of the country’s recent history. Much of the area surrounding Nejmeh Square, and the 1930s clock tower standing in its center, is testimony to the city’s post-war reconstruction efforts overseen by Solidere, one of the grandest urban uplift projects anywhere in the world. Straying only a couple of blocks from here you reach the ruins of the Roman Baths, and for a chance to witness the scars still visible from some of the civil war’s most intense fighting, head to Martyr’s square, itself in an ongoing process of redevelopment.
Hamra Street, or as it known locally, Rue Hamra, is one of Beirut’s most important streets and commercial centers. From the sixties to the nineties it was home to intellectuals, journalists and artists frequenting a string of theaters and sidewalk cafes. Today it bears the marks of a shift in identity, aligned with western retail outlets, hotels and coffee shops, and also attracts large numbers of youths in its bars and clubs.
South of the Corniche, or the southern part of the Corniche, depending on whom you talk to, is Raouche. Raouche is mostly famous for its Pigeon Rocks, a 60-meter high offshore rock couple, which was formed in the prehistoric era by a geologic movement. This is a very romantic spot, especially during sunset. Local boat owners can take you around and through the arch of the largest rock.
An ancient Lebanese historical city located in the north of the Bekaa Valley. It is located 83 kilometers from the north-east of Beirut, a historical and archaeological city. It is considered one of the most important tourist attractions in Lebanon and the Arab world, visited by thousands of tourists from different countries of the world. The site of the Baalbek Castle, which includes the most important Roman temples, especially the columns built by the Romanians and is one of the most famous monuments in Baalbek, and there are traces of Islamic dating back to the Umayyad era, there are a mosque and the shrine of Mrs. Khawla daughter of Imam Hussein, And you find in Some of the Ottoman houses built in that era, to what is important archaeological and historical, it holds the most important international festival is held, which is the Baalbeck International Festival, which hosts the most prominent Arab and international celebrities to perform concerts and music, UNESCO.
Located in the valley of the river of the dog, and away from Beirut about 20 km from the north, which is one of the most important tourist attractions to visit all of Lebanon, it is called the jewel of Lebanese tourism, that it is a cave containing cavities, narrow reefs, and structures made by nature and leaking water from the Lebanese highlands.
It consists of two caves:
The Upper cave: was discovered in 1958 by the Lebanese engineer Ghassan Klink
The Lower cave: was discovered in the 1830s by the American orientalist William Thompson. In the cave, there are many of effective Concerts and concerts of the most famous musicians in the world. The cave is characterized by the ability of its visitors to walk through the tunnel, which is 120 meters long.
A major site for religious celebration in Lebanon, Harissa is the home of the Lady of Lebanon, a statue of the Virgin Mary watching over Mount Lebanon. The beautiful shrine was erected in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate” conception dogma declared by Pope Pius IX. The sanctuary is a Christian marvel and should definitely be on your list of must-visit sites in Lebanon.
Byblos is amongst the oldest cities in the world that has continuously inhabited over the years. It is suggested to be the first ever city established under the Phoenician dynasty and is a World Heritage Site presently. The small boasts rich history and is an important archaeological site. The remains of Crusader Castle is a famous tourist destination where people can walk around the cobblestone streets and ancient stone houses. Byblos is coastal fishing region and also functions as a cozy little port highly esteemed for its seafood and restaurants.
The National Museum of Beirut:
The official museum of Lebanon, located in the center of the capital of Beirut. It was established in 1942. The museum displays more than 1,300 artifacts and contains about 100,000 pieces in its collections dating back to the Roman, Greek, Islamic, Mamluk periods, Iron Age, Bronze and Prehistoric era.
Forests filled with Lebanese Cedar trees, which follow the platoon coniferous, which are the official symbol of Lebanon and the emblem of Lebanon’s flag.It has historical and religious significance, where the Soliman’s temple was built and the Phoenicians cut off their timber to build their ships and temples.It is a tourist destination in the winter for skiing.It was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1998 and is now a nature reserve.
Lebanese Mountain Trail:
It is a long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon.It passes through more than 75 Lebanese villages.It has 11 guest houses that there are also three restrooms located in Ehden and Al-Shouf and Jabba Reserves.It is intended for tourists to walk and enjoy the natural beauty of Lebanon and its picturesque mountains through rural villages, mountains and valleys pass by the tourist on the road.
The Lebanese Village of Faria:
For ice skating enthusiasts, they have to go directly to the Lebanese village of Faria, located in the Kesserwan district of Mount Lebanon.It is a tourist attraction site frequented by foreign and Arab tourists to enjoy its beautiful scenery and to practice all kinds of skiing hobby.It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Lebanon