Probably one of the most underrated countries in the Middle East, not only because of its size, but also because of its neighboring countries that are very popular among tourists. However, this country is actually the best option for travelers who love adventure. In addition, if you like archeology, then this country is a must for you. To give you an overview of some of the most popular places to visit here, we have listed the best things to do in Lebanon for your future reference.
1. National Museum of Beirut
The Museum contains antique treasures of exceptional quality. In addition to the magnificent building built by the French, it houses an important collection of objects that allow us to know the best creations of the Phoenicians in the bronze and Iron ages and the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Highlights include the sarcophagus of King Ahiram, found in the necropolis of Byblos, which contains the oldest text of the Phoenician alphabet.
2. Zaitunay Bay
A nice walk to do at the end of the afternoon or the huge pleasure boats moored in the port rub shoulders with all of Beirut for a family walk, admiring the ships but also giving bread to the many fish present in the Marina.
3. The Castle Of Byblos
This site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and deserves a visit because it reminds us how Lebanon is one of the cradles of humanity. It is a kind of small-scale resort and offers visits to ancient sites such as the citadel of Byblos, the ancient souk, and the port. A place where mosques and churches meet with respect for all.
4. Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
An architectural marvel located next to St. George’s Cathedral. It is a real sign of peace that proves that coexistence should not be considered as an effort but as a formality. The decorations on the ceiling are magnificent and the mosque itself, from the outside, is magnificent.
5. Pigeon Rocks in Raouche
Nature is doing well, this Dovecote is picturesque in Beirut! Almost one of the symbols of the city. This rock formation is especially recommended at sunset.
6. The Old Souk
The Old Souk is a complex of shops, bars, and restaurants with Lebanese architecture typical of the old markets. Many shopping opportunities for souvenirs and handicrafts are available here at good prices. After visiting the ruins, it is mandatory to go to the center. During the day, visit the excellent souvenir shops and spend the night in one of the many attractive bars or restaurants.
7. The temples of Baalbek
Going to Lebanon without seeing Baalbek is awesome. Located 1h30-2H from Beirut, this UNESCO World Heritage site is relatively well preserved. The nickname, given by Lamartine, “Miracle of the Desert” is well deserved. The size of the facility is gigantic and even though little of the Temple of Jupiter has survived, you can guess the size of the remains of the temple of Bacchus. The visit lasts between 1 hour and 2 hours.