The Crusader Byblos Castle, Lebanon

The Crusader Byblos Castle, Byblos

1.5 km

Byblos Castle was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century from indigenous limestone and the remains of Roman structures. The finished structure was surrounded by a moat. It belonged to the genoese Embriaco family, whose members were the Lords of Gibelet (as Byblos was called during Middle Ages). Saladin captured the town and castle in 1188 and dismantled the walls in 1190. Later, the Crusaders recaptured Byblos and rebuilt the fortifications of the castle in 1197. In 1369, the castle had to fend off an attack from Cypriot vessels from Famagusta.

The Byblos Castle has distinguished historical buildings for neighbors. Near it stand a few Egyptian temples, Phoenician Royal Necropolis and the Roman amphitheatre. These are testament to the varied and rich history of the town of Byblos.

Opening time: Everyday from 9AM to 6PM

Fees: LBP6000/pers

Byblos Old Souk, Lebanon

Byblos Old Souk, Byblos

1.7 km

In the southeast section of the historic city, near the entrance of the archaeological site, is an old market where tourists can shop for souvenirs and antiques, or simply stroll along the old cobblestone streets and enjoy the architecture. People sometimes go there just for a walk in the alleys of the souks, as it takes you back millions of years ago. The charm of this place will leave you breathless and you will be back for more. 

Opening time: Everyday from 9AM to 10PM

Fees: No entrance fees

Byblos Old Town, Lebanon

Byblos Old Town, Byblos

1.7 km

One of the oldest continuously populated cities in the world is Byblos, Lebanon. Modern scholars state that it dates way back to 7,000 years ago and at the time, it was called "Gubla" and later "Gebal" while the coast in general was called "Canaan". We were given the name "Phoenicia" and the city's name was changed to "Byblos" after 1200 B.C. by the Greek.

This wonderful ancient city is still full of life 37km North of Beirut and is referred to as "Jbeil" in Arabic. Do not think twice about visiting Byblos because it is has every form of activity you can think of from restaurants to souvenir shops, hotels, bars, etc. Do not be deceived by the modern buildings and crowded streets because deep into the old town are excavated remains of the ancient city like the Crusader castle. If you wish to get a deeper understanding about Byblos and Lebanon's past, be sure to visit the Wax Museum near the Crusader Castle. Just 6km South of Byblos is Nahr Ibrahim. This valley of the ancient Adonis river is the wildest and most beautiful in Lebanon.

Byblos has risen as an upscale touristic focal point thanks to its ancient port, Phoenician, Roman and Crusader ruins, sandy beaches and the picturesque mountains that surround it. The city is known for its fine fish restaurants, open-air bars, and outdoor cafes. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando were regular visitors to the cities and you can go on Yacht cruises into its harbor today, just as they did in the sixties and seventies.

Byblos Wax Museum, Lebanon

Byblos Wax Museum, Byblos

1.8 km

The wax museum is located in Byblos, Lebanon. This museum displays wax statues and life scenes from the Phoenician era to the modern times.

The museum, which was originally opened in 1970, also provides exhibits showcasing Lebanese rural life.

Highlights include a lifelike statue of famed Lebanese author Khalil Gibran writing at his desk, two artisans creating colorful Phoenician glasswork, a statue of Alexander the Great prior to the burning of Tyre, a traditional Lebanese wedding scene, and a depiction of the 1916 revolt against Ottoman rule, which resulted in the execution of the leading revolutionaries on Martyrs' Square in Downtown Beirut.

Opening time: Everyday from 9AM to 6PM

Fees: LBP5000/person

St John The Baptist Church , Lebanon

St John The Baptist Church , Byblos

1.8 km

The construction of the church began in 1115, with additional structures added with time during the 12th and 13th centuries. Each one of the church's 3 naves end with a semi circular apse. In the 13th century, the Italianate-style cupla with an open air baptistery were added in the northwest corner. 
The church was given to the Maronite community by Emir Youssef Chehab during the 18th century. 

The church was severly damaged during the British bombardment in 1840 but it was restored later in 1947 and the bell tower was added. 
The architectural style of the church is roman but reflects the oriental Byzantine influence. In the garden to the west of the church are traces of mosaic paving of an earlier Byzantine church.

Opening time: Everyday from 8AM to 6PM

Fees: No entrance fees

Byblos Port, Lebanon

Byblos Port, Byblos

1.9 km

Byblos Port is an ancient port in Byblos, Lebanon and is believed by the Lebanese to be oldest port in the world. Around 3000 BC, Byblos Port was the most important timber shipping center in the eastern Mediterranean. It was used by the Phoenicians to ship their local wine, Cedars of Lebanon and other wood to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt to be used in tomb construction and shipbuilding.

When visiting the Port, don't forget to pass by Pepe Abed fishing Club for the best sea food lunch you can ever taste.

Fees: 0

Casino Du Liban, Lebanon

Casino Du Liban, Jounieh

10.3 km

Casino Du Liban is the number one casino in Lebanon and is located in Maameltein, Jounieh. This 5 star luxurious casino offers a total of 602 gaming machines, with a wide variety of gaming tables adding up to 60 in number including; American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Casino Stud Poker, Mini Punto Banco, Punto Banco, Stud Poker, and Texas Hold'em. There are 6 restaurants and bars at the casino comprising of different cuisines like the French, Lebanese, or International. In the summer, banqueting options are available in a luxurious outdoor setting with a magnificent view of the bay of Jounieh.

The minimum age allowed into the casino is 21, and a dress code is available for the guests. For the main casino gaming room, men are required to dress in a suit and tie, while women in formal dresses. As for the slot machines area a smart casual dress code is required which means no jeans or sport shoes.

Paragliding in Jounieh, Lebanon

Paragliding in Jounieh, Jounieh

12.4 km

Looking for an adventurous experience in Lebanon? if you are staying around Jounieh and you just enjoy heights and adventure, book your paragliding flight with Skileb.com

Located 500 meters above sea level, Harissa mountain would be the take off site of the flight all the way to Jounieh. Flight around 15 to 20 minutes depending on the weather and wind. Our experienced instructors will guarantee an unforgettable experience above Lebanon. 

This activity is weather critical and flights might be cancelled at the last minute because of the weather. So if you are visiting Lebanon, make sure to book from the first day you are here to guarantee the experience is done during your stay in case of cancellation. 

Weight should be less than 95kg and booking should be done 2 days prior specially during high season (Summer and weekends)
Don't forget to wear something comfortable and book your session with a video to capture the crazy memories. 
 

Opening time: Everyday between 10AM to 6PM

Fees: $120/pers

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Our Lady of Lebanon, Lebanon

Our Lady of Lebanon, Jounieh

13.9 km

People of all religion have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Harissa, lies Our Lady of Lebanon, a pilgrimage site in her honor. The shrine was completed in the year 1908 and has become a major touristic attraction which overlooks the bay of Jounieh ever since. To get here, tourists can take the Téléphérique (gondola lift) from the City of Jounieh while enjoying the amazing view from high up.

IXCIR Winery, Lebanon

IXCIR Winery, Batroun

15.3 km

Located on the hills of Batroun, this 17th century bastion of regional heritage was established by friends with a common passion for both wine and Lebanon. IXSIR is the culmination of their dream in creating a fine wine that will forever be associated with their fatherland.

IXSIR welcomes visitors to Basbina winery in the mountains of Batroun throughout the year. Experience what makes IXSIR different, the winemaking process, and most importantly, the ins and outs of our award winning Winery. You can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting session and choose to have lunch in the outdoor terrace.

Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday. Winter: 12pm to 4pm - Summer: 12pm to 6pm

Fees: Free entrance

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Colonel Beer Brewery, Lebanon

Colonel Beer Brewery, Batroun

16 km

The Colonel Beer Brewery is already one of the main destination in Lebanon. It's located in the center of Batroun, just walking distance from the pubs and restaurants. The brewery produces craft lager beer and distribute the products in Lebanon. 

The brewery features a large terrace pub where concerts, bands and many special events are held. The place is eco and pet friendly. It also hosts a restaurants with fast food menu.

The brewing process is visible from the pub through a glass separation and tours explaining the beer-making process to visitors are featured. Its eco-friendly structure is fascinating to see; it uses natural lighting and is made up of an interesting combination of eco-boards, recycled wood pallets, vertical gardens and a green roof.

Opening time: 5pm till 2am

Fees: Free entrance

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Batroun Town, Lebanon

Batroun Town, Batroun

16 km

Batroun is located in the northern part of Lebanon and it's one of the oldest city in the world. 

The name Batroun derives from the Arabic al-Batroun, itself from the Greek, Botrys (also spelled Bothrys), which was later Latinized to Botrus. Historians believe that the Greek name of the town originates from the Phoenician word, bater, which means to cut and it refers to the maritime wall that the Phoenicians built in the sea to protect them from tidal waves.[1] Other historians[who?] believe that the name of the town is derivative of the Phoenician words, beit truna, which translates to house of the chief.

It's knows to be one of the major destination in Northern Lebanon for its beaches, night life and historic background. 

Beaches you must visit: Pierre & Friends - White beach - Loco Beach- O Glacee - Orchid beach resort - Baracuda beach

Dog River, Lebanon

Dog River, Jeita

18.1 km

The Dog River (Nahr Al-Kalb) is a river in Lebanon which runs for 31 km from a spring in Jeita near the Grotto to the Mediterranean Sea. It is the ancient Lycus River and it attracts numbers of tourists who love nature as well as specialists of history and archeology.

Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

Jeita Grotto, Jeita

18.2 km

In 1836, Jeita Grotto was discovered by an American missionary who went by the name Reverend William Thompson and by 1958, it became open to the public. Jeita Grotto is known for its spectacular formation of stalactites (a narrow structure hanging like an icicle from the roof of a cave) and stalagmites (a mound or narrow column rising from the floor of a cave), stone curtains and columns and has been a major touristic attraction ever since. These wonderful formations are on two levels; the lower cavern which is visited by boat, and the upper level which is visited on foot.

In summer you can visit both levels, while in winter the lower section is sometimes closed due to the rise in water level. The tour lasts for about two hours and includes a boat ride through the lower cavern, a visit to the upper cavern by foot, and a film presentation.

Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Fees: Children under the age of 4 have free entry / children between the ages of 4 and 14: 6.80$ / ages 15+ : 12.06$

Faqra Roman Temple, Lebanon

Faqra Roman Temple, Mzaar Kfardebian

18.7 km

The Faqra Roman temple lies on a small hill 1600m above sea level in Kfardebian and is the most extensive Roman Ruins in all of Lebanon. Found on this site is a huge 15 meters square tower with interior staircase leading to the top. In the North-East corner of the tower and above the door, there is a Greek inscription which specifies that the building was restored by the Roman Emperor Claudius in 43 AD. The main temple consists of restored columns and remains of an alter, and was dedicated to a "very great god" there is also a smaller temple dedicated to "the Syrian goddess". This Roman Ruins in Faqra is a rewarding place to explore.

Opening time: Always open

Fees: No Entrance fees

Mseylha Fort , Lebanon

Mseylha Fort , Chekka

18.9 km

The Mseilha Fort is a fortification situated north of the city of Batroun in Lebanon. The current fort was built by Emir Fakhreddine II in the 17th century to guard the route from Tripoli to Beirut.The fort is built on a long, narrow limestone rock near the Nahr el-Jawz River. Its walls are constructed with small sandstone blocks quarried from the nearby coast and built onto the edge of the limestone rock. The thickness of the walls ranges from 1.5 to 2 meters (4 to 6.5 feet). The larger limestone blocks are the only remains of an earlier structure probably built for the same defensive reason.

Opening time: 9 AM to 5 PM

Fees: No entrance fees