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Sea Road, Chekka |© Evilscaught / Wikimedia Commons
Sea Road, Chekka |© Evilscaught / Wikimedia Commons
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The Best Cycling Routes in Lebanon

Picture of Amani Sharif
Freelance Writer
Updated: 11 April 2017
Are you an adventurer with a love for nature? Are you a city kid into green transportation? Lebanon is the perfect destination for any type of bicycle fanatic looking for a thrill. From scenic nature routes to cosmopolitan thrill rides, these are the best cycling routes in Lebanon.
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Saydet El Nouriyeh—Chekka

Sea Road, Chekka © Evilscaught / Wikimedia Commons

Sea Road, Chekka |© Evilscaught / Wikimedia Commons

Cycle along the coastline for sea views and a refreshing atmosphere. The challenging routes and bumpy rides will definitely satisfy the professional rider. Be careful, however, as these roads are unmarked and require a high level of experience.

Location:

Chekka, North Governorate, Lebanon

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Qornet El-Sawda

Qornet El Sawda, Top © Hervé Zabé / Wikimedia Commons

Qornet El Sawda, Top |© Herve Zabe / Wikimedia Commons

Cycle up towards Lebanon’s highest peak, Qornet El-Sawda. The perilous route is worth the trouble as the end definitely justify the means for this bicycle ride. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, Northern Syria, and the Mediterranean sea.

Location:

Qornet El Sawda, Lebanon

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Bekaa Valley

Bekaa Valley | © Karan Jain / Flickr

Bekaa Valley |© Karan Jain / Flickr

For the more relaxed and leisurely rider, Bekaa Valley offers the perfect accommodations. Cycle through small towns and discover small town life in Lebanon. The place is littered with small independent shops which rent out bikes. This is definitely the destination for a tourist looking for excitement.

Location:

Bekaa Valley, Hechmech, Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon

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Beirut

[Beirut, Manara] | © [marviikad]/[source,Flickr]

Beirut, Manara |© marviikad / Flickr

Being a small city, it is easy to cycle all around Beirut. Although there’s a lack of biking routes, don’t be afraid to grab your bicycle for a day you won’t forget. Discover alleyways and abandoned buildings spread out across the city. Cycle through Hamra and stop for a cup of coffee or look out for a cycling group online and tag along with them. For the environmentally conscious adventurer, this is the way to explore this city.

Location:

Beirut, Lebanon

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Cedars

Cedars, View from the Top © Amani El Charif

Cedars, View from the Top |© Amani El Charif

A winter destination for the toughest of riders, the Cedars of Lebanon is full of open and not-so-open roads to explore. Cycle through snow hills and discover the beauty of the Cedars of God in the best possible way. Stop at a small kiosk for a cup of hot chocolate and Mano’ouch because you’re in for the ride of your life.

Location:

Al Arz, Bcharre, North Governorate, Lebanon

This is just a small sample of what Lebanon has to offer for the best riders. There is still an abundance of rarely explored mountain hills and passes. Remember to look for a tour service and strap on your helmet for an adventure you’ll never forget.