There are many things to visit and do in Lebanon, famous but also less famous places.
Most of the outdoor places to visit in Lebanon are not so well-known, so here is a top 10 highly recommended by my dear Lebanese friends. You can enjoy exploring them especially in the spring and summer time, for accommodating weather, nevertheless some places are nicer in winter or autumn.
Nature lovers will be able to find their peace, and seekers for a little more than the classic tourist spots will be able to discover Lebanon’s beautiful secret places.
1- Jeita grotto: The famous
Okay, this is quite touristic and well-known… but it’s a must and it’s only 18 km away from Beirut!
These amazing interconnected caves are a part of Lebanon’s beauty, a delight for the sight, that is also one of the world’s most amazing natural landmarks.
The cave is formed with an upper level accessible on foot and a lower level where you go on a magical boat ride through time. If you want to do more than the caves, they offer other activities that you can check out on their website (above).
2- Taanayel domain and Walk: The unexpected escape
Taanayel domain is a place where you can hike, bike and even ride a horse. You can enjoy the amazing natural set environment, but also the farm land with all the animals and divine local products. You may feel like you’ve stepped out of time from the moment you are there.
It’s nice to visit at all seasons, since each one offers its own mesmerizing beauty of the domain. But autumn is a special one because of the scenery it offers, full of colorful leaves. 😉
3- Zaarour: Mountain views & Skiing slopes
Okay this is more of a winter one, because of its reputation for the skiing scene, which by the way skiing with a view of the distant sea is quite special if you ask me. It’s also enjoyable in the summer though, thanks to the stunning views it offers.
You can find out more about the Zaarour resort’s winter and summer activities here.
4- The cedar forests: Lebanese emblem and protectors
Another famous must, you need to visit at least one of the cedar forests. Otherwise you’d be missing out, it is called the cedar tree country after all… and its history precedes it.
Enjoy a nice relaxing walk in the coolness of the forests and take in the special feeling of such majestic and historical trees.
Read more: You can check out my article on the cedar forests for more information.
5- Chekka: Turquoise waters
If you’re looking for a place to chill on the beach and have a swim, then you should go to Chekka in North Lebanon. The turquoise blue waters leading on to the sandy beaches will allow you to do many of the available water sports.
This is a little more touristic as it is quite resort-like, but if that doesn’t bother you, then you should go for it.
6- Jabal Moussa: Hike & swim
Jabal moussa valley and river is a stunning piece of nature where you can admire the beautiful views during your hike, before getting to the river for a refreshing swim and a nice picnic.
It’s situated in the Jbeil Caza area and is best during the spring season, while the water levels are high enough and the area is not overloaded with people.
7- Qadisha valley: The saint
Qadisha valley offers many things to do and see, you should plan at least one day to do as much as you can there. It’s in North Lebanon, and covers hikes to high peaks, ponds, springs and waterfalls, but also villages such as Bcharré or Ehden with their cedar forests and nature reserves.
Best visited during summertime, but it also offers astonishing sceneries during winter time as long as you don’t mind the snow!
8- Lake Qaraoun: Boat & wildlife
Lake Qaraoun is part of an ecologically fragile zone in the Southern region of the Beqaa District, it shelters a large diversity of birds, several species of conservation concern have been recorded there. You can not swim there, but you can go on a boat ride.
It is an artificial lake formed by the damming (1959) of the Litani River, that flows south.
9- Batroun: Phoenician wall and town
Batroun is a lovely coastall town in the North of Lebanon, it hosts “Saydit El Nourieh” (Lady of Nourieh), but also a very ancient Phoenician (3000 – 64 BC) wall used as a protection against sea storms and invaders. Now if you’ve checked out my article on Phoencians you’ll understand how old the civilization is and how precious this remaining wall is, definitely worth it!
10- Waterfalls paradise:
Now we all love the idea of waterfalls, projections of paradise and poetry, they definitely have something kind of mystical that draws attraction. When the warm weather kicks in, you can take an afternoon to check out at least one or two of these graceful drops.
- Baakline waterfall
- Nahr ibrahim waterfall
- Afqa Waterfall
- Kfar-Hilda Waterfall
- Baatara Gorge waterfall – Tannourine
Lebanon’s natural beauty is often underestimated, yet it has a real diversity of landscapes that, unfortunately, isn’t put forward enough in the worldwide picture.
I hope this article was helpful, I’m a lover of nature myself and I really wanted to highlight this side of Lebanon. As always, leave a comment if you have any of your own suggestions.