The Best Day Trips From Beirut, Lebanon

Jounieh Lebanon
Jounieh Lebanon | © Giorgio Montersino / Flickr

While Beirut alone is a great place to explore, there are a lot of places to visit in Lebanon. Once you’re done walking through Hamra and seeing the museums and landmarks, it becomes time to branch out to other places. Here is a list of the best day trips from Beirut, Lebanon.

1. Heliopolis, Baalbek

Ruins

The ruins of Baalbek offers a unique insight into the religions of ancient civilizations. From the Mesopotamian to the Ottoman, the site has been a center for worship and a cornerstone of civilizations. Marvel at the giant columns which have puzzled archaeologists and discover ancient carvings on the walls. Who knows what beauty awaits you in the home of Venus.

Location:

Baalbek Roman Ruins, Baalbek, Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon

Ruins, Baalbek |© Frode Ramone / Flickr

2. Byblos, Jbeil

2. Byblos, Jbeil
© Karan Jain / Flickr

As an ancient coastal city, Jbeil is definitely a must-see for the traveler looking for a dose of history. Take a leisurely stroll through the small town and marvel at all the ancient architecture. Visit the old souks littered with small local shops and bars. Wander through the wax museum, the castle, and the coastline, where you can enjoy one of the best meals made from fish caught fresh by locals.

Location:

Byblos, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon

Byblos, Jbeil |© Karan Jain / Flickr

3. Ksara, Bekaa Valley

Restaurant

Book a tour to one of Lebanon’s biggest wineries, Chateau Ksara. Take a walk through the expansive vineyards in Bekaa Valley and explore the wine cellar that offers one of Lebanon’s best beverages. Enjoy wine tasting along with a meal of cold cuts, cheeses, and salads at the site’s restaurant. This trip is definitely perfect for travelers looking to delight their senses.

Location and Phone Number:

Chateau Ksara, Ksara, Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon, +961 8813495

Caves De Ksara |© Steven Damron / Flickr

4. Tripoli, North

Building

As the second biggest city in Lebanon, Tripoli is full of attractions to fill the day. Visit the citadel, old souks, and Mina, which are remnants of Tripoli’s status as a major ancient city. Walk around the city center El Tal to get a feel of cosmopolitan bustle reminiscent of the center’s 20th-century charm. Don’t miss out on the street food that no other place can offer like Ka’ak.

Location:

Tripoli, North Governorate, Lebanon

Building in Al Tal |© Amani El Charif

5. Jeita Grotto, Keserwan

5. Jeita Grotto, Keserwan
© Kerimcan Akduman / Flickr

Rumored to have been a historical site for sword production, the Grotto was officially discovered in 1836 by Reverend William Thomson. Later, many ventured into the cave and expeditions were lead to make the cave a natural marvel. In 1969, the grotto was officially opened to the public with a large music concert but was eventually closed because of destruction from the civil war. It was then restored and reopened in 1995 and has been active ever since.

Location:

Jeita Grotto, Jeita, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon

Jeita Grotto |© Kerimcan Akduman / Flickr

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