One of the oldest cities in the world, Byblos will give you a run for your money. Only two hours away from Beirut, this charming city is tucked away.
At the tips of the city, Byblos looks like your average modern city – but as you venture in you’ll be surprised to see how rich this unique city is.
First inhabited somewhere between 8000-7000 BC, now a flourishing old city with shops, restaurants and a plethora of history. The Old City of Byblos has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Souq – Your one stop for all – souvenirs, spices, a bit of shopping and the joy of family owned shops preserving the richness of the town.
Crusader Castle – Still standing tall is a castle built in the 12th century from indigenous limestone and the remains of Roman structures. Inside you’ll find the Byblos site museum, although a snap from the outside is a sight as is.
Saint John-Marc Cathedral – A cathedral dedicated to Saint John-Mark, who is believed to be the first to support Christianity in the growing city.
Byblos’ Phoenician Harbor – Venture down the cobblestone streets to reach the edge of the city and start of the Mediterranean. You don’t have to do anything beyond just take in the view and enjoy the stroll down the boardwalk.
As you reach the harbor you’ll be greeted with small boats ready to take you on a tour in the sea. Walk past them to reach the defensive tower which was added by the Crusaders. In the water you’ll still see the remains of the structure.
Most visitors enjoy a meal with sea views right on the harbor at Bab El Mina. You’ll get to indulge in a delicious assortment of seafood and Mediterranean dishes.
But remember, don’t skip out on the cafes hidden in the cracks of Byblos. Check out the outdoor Eddé Yard or stop for a drink at Old Pub.
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