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Baalbeck ruins

Baalbeck ruins

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Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East (10 452 kmĀ²) its capital is Beirut.

Until mid 70s, it was a very popular destination for both travelers and businessmen. Lebanon was considered as Switzerland of the middle east.

The civil war changed that. Now that the war is over, Lebanon is getting back on its feet. the 2006 war with Israel and the Hizbollah caused a lot of damages, and the country is still crossing periods of instability. Try to take advantage from a relatively stable period to visit this country where orient and occident coexists ( without always necessarily mixing).

According to Lonely Planet tourist guide, Beirut was listed as one of the ten liveliest cities for 2009 for its sparkle set, artful events and night life. Experience this mediterranean city, loaded with history in  each corner of its streets, and mix culture and archeologic experience with nighlife.

Baalbek is also on your must see list. The ruins are very impressive. Baalbek can be visited easily from the town of Zahle , which is worth a visit itself (best lebaneese food).

On the coast you'll find several nice cities to visit  such as Jbeil, Batroun, Sidon , Tripoli and Tyre. Those cities carry deep marks of Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Islamic influences, and their historic cores are not to miss.

The mountain scenery of Bcharre is great and you should try to find the time to go hiking there.

Don't miss visiting Jeita cave, it's something you would not want to miss.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: MSN


July 18, 2007 change by bigboy

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