Best Places to Visit in Lebanon

What is not to love about mountains that sometimes overlook rivers, seas, or basically just look majestic? And if that is not enough, which is doubtful, then what about amazing beaches and green lands surrounding them? Yet, this is still not all! Lebanon has amazing architecture styles that have its own character which  matches the city and adds to its uniqueness and beauty.

There are so many things to do in Lebanon that you will absolutely love! Starting from so many beautiful sights to see that will blow your mind to so many fun things to do that will give you the experience of a lifetime.

Here are some suggestions about where to go in Lebanon.

Best places to visit in Lebanon

Phoenician Wall

It started out as natural stones at the bay, then the Phoenicians built on it to make it a wall to protect the city from the sea storms. It is a beautiful piece of Lebanon’s history standing at the shore.

Location

It is located in Batroun city in North Lebanon, 50 kilometers away from Beirut.

Activities

  • Learn about Lebanon’s history
  • Enjoy the amazing view of the wall and the sea
  • Take pictures to keep the memory

Qadisha Valley

It is a historic site that holds some of the most important monasteries in the world which goes back to the time when Christianity was still spreading. However, Its historic value is not the only interesting thing about it, as it also has a fantastic natural view, considering that it contains the Forest of the Cedars of God which is a site in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which will be discussed in detail next.

Location

Located in Basharri North Governorate, north of Mount Lebanon.

Activities

  • Take a hike at the foot of the valley
  • Visit the historical monasteries
Qadisha Valley

Cedars of God

The cedar tree is the Lebanese logo, and it is one of the most amazing, unique sights in Lebanon. You do not want to miss the breathtaking sight, or the exciting stories behind the trees, whether epic legends, or stories from holy texts.

Location

Located in Basharri North Governorate, at Qadisha Valley.

Activities

  • Hike through the forest
  • Learn the stories about the cedar trees
  • Enjoy the amazing scenery

Opening Hours

Everyday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cedars of God

Mzaar Kfardebian

Love skiing? Then what are your thoughts about one of the largest ski resorts in the Middle East? Yes, you heard right! A resort for skiing. Need we say more?

Location

Located in Kfardebian in Keserwan District in Mount Lebanon Governorate.

Activities

  • Slide down the mountain with raquettes
  • Hang on a zipline and enjoy the adrenaline rush and the amazing view
  • Sledge on ice
  • Get pampered at the spa
  • Workout at the fitness center
  • Swim in the international swimming pool
  • Go bowling
  • Enjoy a nice movie at the cinema
  • Play arcade games
  • Have kids? There is a great kids’ play area

Opening Hours

  • Sundays to Thursdays: from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Entrance Fees

  • For Adults on weekdays:starting from $20 for a full day
  • For Adults on Weekends: starting from $50 for a full day
  • For children under 12 years old on weekdays: starting from $20
  • For children under 12 years old on weekends: starting from $40
  • For a half day ticket (after 12:00 pm): tickets start from $17 for weekdays, and $30 for weekends.
Mzaar Kfardebian

Baatara Gorge Waterfall

Among the greens and highlands, Baatara Gorge is  a waterfall that drops through a sinkhole that is 255 meters deep. The view alone is astonishingly mesmerizing!

Location

Located in Tannourine, near Balaa and on the Mount Lebanon Trail.

Activities

  • Enjoy the beautiful view
  • Watch the Jurassic limestone formation that goes back to over 160 million years ago

It is best visited after the snow melts, which is during March and April.

Baatara Gorge Waterfall

Raouche Rocks

Raouche Rocks are rock formations surrounded by the sea and have a majestic look. It is a must see site in Lebanon!

Location

Located in Rouche, in Beirut, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

Activities

  • Enjoy the amazing view
Raouche Rocks

Sidon Sea Castle

The castle was built as a fortress by the Crusaders in the thirteenth century. Now it is one of the most significant historic sites in Lebanon.

Location

Located in Sidon, close to Courich El Bahr Road.

Activities

  • Learn about lebanon’s history
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the castle overlooking the sea

Opening Hours

Everyday from 9:00 am to 12:00 am

Entrance Fees

  • Foreigners: LL 4000
  • Lebanese: LL 3500
Sidon Sea Castle

Byblos Castle

Byblos castle was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century. It is now one of the most iconic historical places in Lebanon, and it houses the Byblos Site Museum that displays remains found by archeologists in Byblos. It is definitely one of the best places to visit in Lebanon.

Location

Located in Byblos, in Ancient Byblos, and close to the L shaped Temple.

Activities

  • Learn about Lebanon’s history
  • Visit the Byblos Site Museum and watch the marvelous remains
  • Enjoy the view of the castle

Opening Hours

Everyday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Entrance Fees

  • Foreigners: LL 6000
  • Lebanese: LL 4000
Byblos Castle

Zaitunay Bay

Zaitunay Bay is a prime waterfront land where you can do numerous activities, whether indoors or outdoors, while enjoying the sea view.

Location

Located in Beirut Marina, at Minet El Hosn, Beirut.

Activities

  • Dine at many restaurants
  • Show off your art,  or just enjoy artists showing their paintings or art projects
  • Relax and enjoy the sea view
  • Go shopping at the retail stores there
  • Swim at the Yacht Club swimming pool

Opening Hours

Everyday from 8:00 am to 12:00 am

Zaitunay Bay

Temple of Eshmun

Temple of Eshmun is an ancient worship place dedicated to the Phoenician god of healing. The temple holds many Phoenician remains, that is besides the beauty of the building itself.

Location

Located in Bqosta in Sidon. The closest attractions are Wadi Achmoun restaurant, and Awali River.

Activities

  • Learn about Lebanon’s history
  • Watch the ancient statues and magnificent mosaic

Opening Hours

Everyday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Temple of Eshmun

Waves Aqua Park

Waves Aqua Park is one of the biggest water parks in the Middle East, and the biggest one in Lebanon. It is built on a pine-hill, which gives it an amazing view! That and the super exciting slides and water activities make it a unique, thrilling, fun experience for everyone.

Location

Located in Mansourieh in Matn District, Mount Lebanon.

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Water sliding at different heights and steepness
  • Shopping for accessories and sports stuff
  • Get pampered at the salon
  • Eat and have drinks at the restaurants there

Opening Hours

It works only in summer, which is from June till September.

  • Opening hours in June and September: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Opening hours in July and August: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Closed on Mondays and official holidays

Entrance Fees

  • For Adults: LL 45,000
  • For Children: LL 33,000
Waves Aqua Park

Stone of the Pregnant Woman

There are many stories behind the name, which are really interesting to learn. It is a Roman monolith (standing stone), and one of the largest monoliths found. Another must see ancient site in Lebanon!

Location

Located in the Ancient Heliopolis in Baalbek.

Activities

  • Watch the magnificent ancient stone
  • Learn the stories and legends behind it
  • Learn about Lebanon’s history
Stone of the Pregnant Woman

National Museum of Beirut

It is the main museum of archaeological artifacts in lebanon that was built in 1919 and started as a room, but now it’s a three storey building!

Location

Located on Museum Street in Beirut, close to AbdAllah El Yafi Road and Beirut Hippodrome.

Activities

  • Watch a documentary about the artifacts and how they came to be
  • View the interesting artifacts that have been formed thousands of years ago

Entrance Fees

  • LL 5000
  • A special price of LL 1000 for students under 18 years old
National Museum of Beirut

Beqaa Valley

It is a  vast fertile land filled with so many crops and a vigorous vineyard. The colors of the crops with the green of the grass and leaves are enough to give you a joyous, peaceful feeling that will revive your soul. There yet?

Location

Located between the Anti-Lebanon mountains on the borders between Lebanon and Syria and Mount Lebanon at the west, and around 30 kilometers away from Beirut to the east.

Activities

  • Visit the wineries and the beautiful farms
  • Watch different historical sites
  • Eat delicious food at the restaurants there
  • Go rafting at the Assi River or the Orontes
Beqaa Valley

Sursock Museum

Sursock is an art museum that was opened in 1961. It holds local and international artwork. This is one the best places to go in Lebanon, if you are an art lover!

Location

Located in Greek Orthodox Archbishopric in Ashrafieh, Beirut

Activities

  • Watch different artwork by talented artists from different countries

Opening Hours

Sunday, Saturday, Friday, and Wednesday: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Thursday: from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

So if you’re wondering about what to do in Lebanon, you have just learned about  some amazing places to visit and enjoy.

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