The Bekaa Valley

On vacation in Lebanon? Then it's time to organize a special day dedicated to an outing with friends or family to visit... the famous Bekaa Valley!

The Bekaa, an altitude plain of about 900 meters, stretching in length from north to south, and bordered by the massifs of Mount Lebanon on the one hand and those of Anti-Lebanon on the other, is home to many tourist attractions such as the temples of Bacchus, Zahle, Jupiter and Venus or Anjar, the cradle of the Umayyads.

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Return to Roman times with an impromptu visit to the ancient city of Baalbek, located in the north of the valley. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its ancient ruins, including the majestic Temple of Bacchus, the Temple of Venus, the Temple of Jupiter and its six granite columns, this place is well worth the detour to enrich your cultural knowledge of the city and its surroundings.

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Particularly appreciated by the Lebanese, the regional capital Zahlé is located further south, in a charming wine-growing area that owes its fame to its many gastronomic specialties as well as to Arak, the local aniseed alcohol. A must taste!

On the road, a little further south, lies Anjar, the only site that still houses the remains of a known civilization, the Umayyad dynasty (660 - 750). The ruins of the Umayyad architecture, the ruins of a Grand Palace, a Small Palace, a mosque and the Baths will certainly impress you.

In the heart of the Bekaa valley, there are also a number of restaurants that offer you a breathtaking view of the plateau. Tawlet Ammiq, for example, offers an organic and very tasty Lebanese menu. The ideal place to eat in an eco-responsible place with a breathtaking view.

Al Shams Restaurant is also popular for its magical recipe of batata balloonet (fried potatoes in the shape of airbags), to be enjoyed at will, while gazing at the horizon of Anjar.

Wine lovers, head to Château Kefraya, where vineyards as far as the eye can see await you for an exceptional visit. A short tour of the cellars and the surrounding area will punctuate your outings with friends or family with a very enriching cultural discovery.

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