The Beqaa’s enduring legacy is its valley which has drawn many civilizations and communities to cultivate its
soil. The Romans have built their largest and most exquisite temple here whose remains have been very well
preserved. Arab civilizations, the Umayyad in particular, have also dwelt in this region leaving behind
significant remains for researchers and the curious alike to appreciate.
The region’s natural beauty is another attraction of its own which one can discover by visiting its eco-
Visit Zahlé, Lebanon’s “City of Wine and Poetry”, to enjoy local cuisine in a beautiful
setting of traditional red-roofed architecture.
Relax at one of the open-air restaurants, set on a cliff above the Berdaouni River,
shaded by vine-covered awnings and leafy trees.
Tour the Békaa’s world-class wineries, and sample for yourself Lebanon’s 4,000-
year-old tradition ofwine-making.
Explore the magnificent Roman ruins at Baalbek, home of the best-preserved
and largest Roman temples in the world.
Walk along wide avenues with stone arches in the ruins of the 8th century Umayyad
city of Anjar. Explore the remains of over 600 small shops, city walls and gates,
temples, and baths.
Go trekking or cycling or camping in the remote, beautiful, rolling hills and
mountains of the northern Békaa.
Take an adventurous rafting or kayaking trip on the Nahr al-Aassi River.
Climb to the 5th century, rock-cut monastery of Deir Mar Maroun and visit the
mysterious and monumental 2,000-year-old Hermel Pyramid, near the city of Hermel.
Discover the numerous Roman ruins sites nestled in the Békaa’s small villages, and
then enjoy the traditional crafts, cuisine, and village life of the area.
FESTIVALS: Anjar and Baalbek.
A red-roofed town set among the eastern foothills of Mount Sannine, Zahlé enjoys a prime location in the
Beqaa valley. Snowcapped mountains tower above it in winter, while in summer its 945-meter elevation keeps
the air light and dry we will be visiting:
• Daher el baydar
• Tannayal, jdita
• Karak (Noah's Tomb)
• Bardawnhe river
• Kfar Zabad and Ain Kfar Zabad, kfar zabad cave
Qaroun lake:Being the only man made lake, the Qaraoun lake, 11 sq km, is very famous in the country.
Located in the Beqaa, it constitutes the most important source of water in the area.
The town of Rashaya, in a remote corner of Lebanon, has been only lightly touched by the modern building
boom affecting most of the country.
This lovely spot is about 58 kilometers north of Baalbeck via Hermel. At the base of fast-flowing rapids are
several outdoor restaurants where diners can enjoy the cool atmosphere of rushing water Large rubber
dinghies are available for mini-excursions to the foot of these impressive cascades on
the Assi River
Aanjar is exclusively the Umayyad period, going back to the early 8th century A.D., thus making it
completely different from any other archaeological experience you'll have in Lebanon
Baalbeck can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples
ever built, they are also among the best preserved
Wine has so many health benefits, Drink a few glasses a week and you'll lower your risk of heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even cancer.
This sightseeing includes the National Museum and the Solidère Restoration Project. As you drive to the
National Museum, you pass the Green Line, which was the scene of the heaviest fighting during the civil war.Looking on both sides of the road, it is possible to see the scars of the war, with many buildings still ruined
and potted with bullet holes.
Following this, you continue to the newly restored city centre to see the results of the Solidère Project. This
multi-million dollar scheme has completely restored the city centre and the result is astounding. There have
also been significant archaeological finds in downtown Beirut, which were discovered when certain buildings
that were beyond repair were pulled down to be rebuilt. The semi-pedestrianised area around Place de l'Etoile
is a pleasant place to end your tour and find somewhere for lunch.
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