For Greek-island style: Tahet El Rih, Anfeh
Located in Koura, Anfeh is Lebanon’s version of Santorini! It is famous for the small white and blue houses on the coast and its crystal-clear water.
For ancient history: Tyre, Sour
Tyre is among the world’s 20 oldest cities. A Phoenician city that dates back to 2,750 B.C., Tyre in South Lebanon is where you can find historical and natural wonders. One of its main sites is a hippodrome that is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
For Lebanon’s heritage: Byblos/Jbeil
Byblos, or Jbeil, is the first city of Phoenicia, the ancient civilization from which the Lebanese descend, and is one of the 20 oldest cities in the world.
The city has been continuously inhabited for over 7000 years ever since it has been established in 5,000 B.C. The first inscription in the Phoenician Alphabet was found on the sarcophagus of Ahiram who was the Phoenician king of Byblos!
If you’re looking for fun, hit Jbeil’s public beach which is near historic sites, cozy cafés, and seaside restaurants!
For nature: Palm Islands Nature Reserve
Palm Islands are three islands located 5.5 kilometers to the northwest of El Mina, Tripoli. This reserve is home to the endangered loggerhead turtle and 156 species of birds.
It is also rich in historical and archaeological sites, such as the remains of a Crusader church, baths from the 13th century, and an old salt evaporation pond. It is your destination if you are looking for abundant nature and peace by the sea.
For chic beach clubs: Batroun
Batroun is one of the oldest cities in the world. The Phoenicians built a wall in the sea to protect themselves from tidal waves. Batroun’s many beach clubs are recommended to really get into the city’s vibe.
For a city swim: Ramlet al-Baida, Beirut
Backed by modern towers, Ramlet al-Baida is Beirut’s only public beach. It is always crowded, so if you need more calm and privacy, hit the city’s beach resorts!