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3 unmissable experiences in Lebanon

23 May 2014 5 PM

3 unmissable experiences in Lebanon

Nestled at the far east end of the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll find Lebanon – one of the most beautiful, historical and culturally rich countries in the Middle East.

It’s well known for captivating all those who are fortunate enough to grace the shores of this small, mountainous country.

And since it only takes around four hours to drive from north to south Lebanon, visitors staying in the vibrant capital Beirut will be in close proximity to the country’s most incredible cultural and historical sights.

So if you’re staying at the Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, here are the places to visit in Lebanon that you absolutely should not miss.

The mystical Baalbek Ruins

Just an hour and a half drive from Beirut you’ll find the mystical Baalbek ruins – some of the most spectacular and best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon.

The Gods Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus were worshipped here and don’t leave Baalbek without seeing one of its most impressive sights, the Temple of Bacchus.

It is one of the best preserved temples in the world and is even larger than the Parthenon in Greece, although it is much less well-known.

Its columns even stand tall just as they did around 2000 years ago.

So magnificent are the ruins that they were awarded the status of World Heritage Site in 1984 – just one of five sites in Lebanon that have been recognised as having such unique cultural significance.

Lebanon’s top ski resort Mzaar Kfardebian

Two words that describe Lebanon’s geography in a nutshell are small and mountainous. And while you wouldn’t necessarily associate a small country on the Mediterranean coast with skiing, Mzaar Kfardebian in Lebanon is actually the Middle East’s premier skiing destination.

This calm and serene skiing resort attracts visitors from the Middle East and the rest of the world. Just one hour from the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, standing on top of a mountain here looking out at your surroundings is the perfect way to take in the magnificence of Lebanon’s natural landscape.

You’ll hardly believe you’re just an hour from the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline. That is until you see it for yourself in Mzaar Kfardebian’s incredible panoramic views.

The magical Jeita Grotto

Take an underground boat trip or walk through Lebanon’s most amazing underground caverns – the Jeita Grotto. Nominated to be one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, words can’t describe it and pictures can’t do it justice.

Your visit will start with a short documentary film about the history of the Jeita Grotto and then you’ll board a boat or travel along the meandering walkway on foot to explore the caves.

Cameras and mobile phones must be left behind so that their flashes don’t damage the cavern so make sure you take every inch of this unmissable sight in before your tour is over – you won’t want to forget it.

Can you recommend anywhere else is Lebanon that is utterly unmissable? Share your experience with us.


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