Top Things to See and Do in Lebanon

The Top 13 Things to See and Do in Lebanon

Lebanon is a small nation in the Middle East. It may be known more for its prior wars, Hezbollah, or the current refugee crisis with Syria. However, what most don’t know about Lebanon is how many amazing things there are to do. Beirut is a major financial hub and one of the liveliest cities in the Mediterranean.

Lebanon has historical sights, scenic mountains, waterfalls, wineries, food, and of course the Beirut nightlife. Read on to learn all about our top things to see in Lebanon.

Content and photographs provided by Yana Kogan and Timon.

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Top Things to See and Do in Lebanon

1. Watch the sunset at the Raouche Rocks in Beirut

Best Things to See in Lebanon: Sunset

The Raouche Rocks are also known as Pigeon Rocks and these are stone landmarks off the coast of Beirut. Besides how amazing these rock formations look, their story is one of legend. It is said that the remains are those of a sea monster the Greek hero Perseus killed to save Andromeda.

2. Eat traditional Lebanese food

Highlights of Lebanon: Food

Lebanese food is some of the best food we have had in the Middle East with great dish options for vegetarians. You’ll find many traditional dishes with added lemon or pomegranate to give your taste buds extra flavor.

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3. Wander around some of the oldest ruins at Byblos

What to See in Lebanon: Ruins

Byblos is one of the oldest cities in the world and home to some of the oldest ruins consisting of Crusader fortifications, a Roman colonnade, Phoenician ramparts, temples, and a necropolis.

4. Climb to the top and take in views from our Lady of Lebanon

Top Sights in Lebanon: Lady Lebanon

Our Lady of Lebanon is one of the most important centers in the world that honors the Virgin Mary drawing thousands of people each year to see it. There’s also a pine forest that overlooks the Bay of Jounieh providing you with breathtaking panoramic views.

5. Drive to countryside churches in Qadisha Valley

Best Things to See in Lebanon: Churches

The churches in Qadisha Valley are an amazing cultural landscape and early Christian monastic settlement. There are four monastic complexes – Qannubin, St. Anthony of Quzhayya, Our Lady of Hauqqa, and Mar Lichaa.

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6. Walk through some of the few remaining cedars groves

Highlights of Lebanon: Cedars Groves

In the Qadisha Valley, there’s the Forest of the Cedars of God which has some sacred trees giving Lebanon its fame for antiquity – some of these are claimed to be over 3000 years old!

7. Check out the stunning Baatara Falls

What to See in Lebanon: Baatara Falls

The Baatara Falls in Tannourine is just stunning and unlike any waterfall that we have ever seen! The waterfall drops 255 meters into a cave known as the Cave of the Three Bridges. Totally worth the trip!

8. Take a boat ride through the Jeita Grotto

Top Sights in Lebanon: Jeita Grotto

The Jeita Grotto is a system of two caves that are separate but interconnected with a length of a little over five miles. You can take a boat tour through this stunning grotto that takes you through the caves.

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9. See sea castles in Saida

Best Things to See in Lebanon: Saida

The south coast of Lebanon has a beautiful coastal city called Saida which has one of the best traditional souks in Lebanon. It is directly from the Saida Sea Castle. It was built by crusaders in the 13th century to serve as a fortress of the holy land and nowadays, it is one of the most historical sites in Saida.

10. Walk into a traditional khan

Highlights of Lebanon: Khan

You can take a walk in the Kahn al-Franj to take in its size, the state of preservation, and the large central courtyard. It used to be a lively one-stop trade center for travelers and salespeople back in the day. It’s a great location for those who love architecture and photography.

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11. Drink wine in the Bekaa Valley

What to See in Lebanon: Bekaa Valley

The Bekaa Valley is the most important farming region in Lebanon. It’s also where the Chateau Ksara is located – a wine company since 1857. You can tour the winery and two-kilometer network of Roman caves, do a wine tasting, and or enjoy a good wine pairing with a meal at their restaurant.

12. See some of the best Roman ruins in the world at Baalbek

Top Sights in Lebanon: Roman Ruins

Baalbek is home to some of the best Roman ruins and largest temple complexes in the world. You’ll find well-preserved and gorgeous ruins.

13. Go to the beach in Tyre

Best Things to See in Lebanon: Tyre Beach

During your visit to the beach in Tyre, you can walk through the old town starting at the lighthouse then going through small streets and alleyways, and back to the port of Tyre.

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Lebanon has a lot of things to do. In such a small country, it is easy for all of these activities to be day trips from Beirut. Stay for one week and explore the best of the coast, countryside, mountains, food, and nightlife.

That’s it – we hope you have an amazing time exploring Lebanon!


About the Author:

  • Yana and Timon

    Yana & Timon met at college in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating, they started their professional careers. They moved to San Francisco in 2010, a city they loved living in for nearly six years.

    After working and saving up money for several years, they quit their jobs and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. They started living a nomadic lifestyle in December 2015 and have not looked back since.

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