• Baalbek
    Baalbek The ‘Sun City’ of the ancient world, is home to the most impressive ancient site in Lebanon and the Middle East
  • Dhour El Shweir
    Dhour El Shweir One of Mount Lebanon's favored summer resorts and is important for its August yearly carnival, honoring Lebanon's emigrants.
  • Jbeil
    Jbeil The ancient city of Byblos was selected as this year’s best touristic destination by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
  • Jounieh Bay
    Jounieh Bay A half bowl of rugged cliffs and forested mountains clutching the shimmering bay.
  • Miziara
    Miziara Wearing its white coat, Miziara greets you sitting on a hilltop at 800 m above sea level.
  • Tyr
    Tyr Known as the Phoenician queen of the seas. Tyre is an island city of unprecedented splendor.

Visiting Lebanon

Lebanon's diverse patchwork of Mediterranean-lapped coast, rugged alpine peaks, and green fertile valleys is packed into a parcel of land some 225km long and 46km wide – an area approximately the size of Cyprus or Connecticut. An ancient land, Lebanon features in the writings of Homer and in the Old Testament. Its cities were major outposts and seaports in Phoenician and Roman times, just two of the great civilizations that touched this important Middle Eastern crossroads.

The cosmopolitan flair of modern-day Beirut, the gastronomic renown of the country's food and wine, and an educated and outward-looking population complement a country that is both traditional and progressive in outlook. For all the flavors of its storied past and rugged natural beauty, Lebanon is a well-kept tourist secret that begs exploration.

There are four main geographic regions in Lebanon, differentiated by topography and climate. From west to east, they include: the coastal plain, the Mount Lebanon Range, the Békaa Valley, and the Anti-Lebanon Range.

The Anti-Lebanon Range is a stretch of arid mountains that rise to the east of the Békaa Valley and form part of the country's eastern border with Syria.

The Békaa Valley, known in ancient times as “the breadbasket” or “granary” of the Roman Empire, is still the country's main agricultural region. Located on a high plateau between the country's two mountain ranges, the river-fed Békaa supports the production of tomatoes, potatoes, wheat, olives, and grapes, even despite summers that are hot and dry.

Besides some of Lebanon's best wineries (Ksara, Kefraya, Massaya), the Békaa's major attraction is the ruins at Baalbek. Originating as a place of worship to Baal, the Phoenician Sun God, Baalbek was known in Greco-Roman times as the famous Heliopolis, or “City of the Sun.” Perhaps because of the region's agricultural importance in feeding the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, some of the largest Roman temples ever constructed were erected at this site. The construction lasted over 200 years, and the well-preserved temples honor Jupiter, Bacchus, and Venus.

The lovely Lebanese coast is framed by the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Mount Lebanon Range to the east, its temperate climate bringing in sunny, hot summers and cool, rainy winters. The daytime temperature in the summer, which averages 30°C (86°F), encourages people to head to the beach or to the higher, altitude-cooled mountain slopes. In the coastal cities of Saida (Sidon) and Jbail (Byblos), tourists can enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel amongst long-submerged Phoenician ruins, while excellent hiking is a mere hour away in the Chouf region of the Mount Lebanon Range.

The Mount Lebanon Range includes numerous rivers that fizz with snowmelt, steep-walled gullies that shade grottoes once the hideout to those fleeing persecution, and also Lebanon's highest summit, Qornet Es-Saouda (3,090m). In winter, the high peaks are blanketed with snow, lending Lebanon its name,Lubnan, the Arabic word for “white.” Lebanon boasts a number of world-class ski resorts, one of only a couple countries in the Middle East where you can ski. The ski season runs from December until April.

The Mount Lebanon Range is also the location of Lebanon's Cedar Reserves. The great cedar forests of Lebanon, now protected, are famous for their use in the construction of some of the holiest buildings in the region, indeed the world, including Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock and Solomon's Temple.

To visit Lebanon is to dispel preconceived notions that linger from a relatively short moment in a long, vivid, and fascinating history: drink in the energetic, urbane vibe of revitalized Beirut; explore a diverse and beautiful landscape that lends itself easily to an unforgettable (and largely untrammeled) multi-sport adventure; marvel at archaeological wonders that are windows into the cradle of civilization; and simply enjoy the welcome of a people who are naturally hospitable, friendly, and gregarious.

Kindly refer to the websites below  for more details:

icon-travelLebanese Ministry of Tourism

icon-travelDestination Lebanon 

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Old red colored passports must be replaced by Nov. 24, 2015. To apply for a new passport, forms are available at the Consulate General. Click here for more information.

بناء على تعليمات المديرية العامة للامن العام للعام 2015 ، سوف يتم التوقف عن تجديد جوازات السفر اللبنانية من اللون الازرق اعتبارا من 01/01/2015 باستثناء الحالة التي يتقدم فيها صاحب العلاقة بطلب جواز سفر جديد وتكون صلاحية الجواز الموجود في حوزته قد شارفت على الانتهاءحيث يتم تجديد جواز سفره لمدة سنة واحدة فقط .Click here

عملا بالتوجيهات الجديدة لمنظمة الطيران المدني الدولي “ICAO” اعتبارا من 01/01/2015، يرجى من المواطنين اللبنانيين الذين شارفت صلاحية جوازات سفرهم الزرقاء على الانتهاء التقدم بطلبات جوازات سفر جديدة قبل حوالي ثلاثة اشهر من انتهاء الصلاحية .

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