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Bekaa Valley

Studded with villages, vegetable farms, wineries and ancient ruins that cover the valley like a kaleidoscopic carpet, the plains of Bekaa are rich with history and culture. Nestled between the Mount Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon ranges, the valley is a natural pathway between northern Syria and Palestine, a route once frequented by caravans and invaders alike.

The Bekaa Valley is today the widest and most abundant agricultural area in Lebanon, and the inroads are often held up by tractors and farmers herding flocks of grazing sheep and goats on the roadside. Always keep a camera handy to capture the amazing and accidental sights that await you.

At an average altitude of 1,000 meters, the climate of the Bekaa is dry in the hot days of summer but pleasantly cool in the evenings. During winter, most days are cold though often sunny.

The Bekaa is renowned for its numerous archaeological sites such as the great temples of Baalbek. But people also visit the area for its famous restaurants that serve delicious traditional gourmet food. In fact, if you appreciate good Lebanese cuisine, you will quickly appreciate the unique taste of the Bekaa, especially frog paws and grilled birds, both of which are very popular in the area. And if you choose to have lunch at a restaurant in Anjar near the famous archeological site, be sure to sample the fresh trout and enjoy a variety of popular Armenian delicacies.

How to get there:

When driving from Beirut to the Bekaa, most people take the Damascus road and cross the mountain pass of Dahr al-Baidar at a 1,510-meter altitude. Between December and May, this route often looks out on snow-covered landscapes. However, if you like adventure, other roads could be interesting, namely the crossing via Mount Lebanon or the route through Bcharreh, the Cedars in the north. The latter is snowbound in winter, but it is also possible to cross through Dhour Chweir in the Metn area towards the city of Zahle, or even the Moukhtara route in southern Bekaa.

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Things to do

Reserve Ammiq

Reserve Ammiq, also known as Domaine Skaff, is located around 900 meters above sea level in the Bekaa Valley and is part of Nature Farms, a company...

Terbol Museum

This eco-museum in the Bekaa is under the direction of the National Heritage Foundation. It is an old Levantine farmhouse that belongs to the Rami...

Qamou’ al-Hermel

On a hilltop some six kilometers (3.7 miles) away from Hermel, there is a 26-meter-high stone tower capped with a pyramid which can be spotted from...

Niha (Bekaa)

About eight kilometers north of Zahle, you’ll come across the small village Niha (not to be confused with the village of Niha in the Chouf). Like...

Lebanese Heritage House of Artist Samir Fahed Chamoun

This museum features a broad and distinguished collection of old weapons, ancient stones, pillars and crowns. The museum also exhibits wooden works...

Miraculous Lady Monastery Museum

This monastery contains a small museum exhibiting religious objects, old stones and pottery, crosses engraved on stone, agricultural tools and a nice...

Kamed al-Loz

Excavators discovered at the center of the city one of the most important hills in the Bekaa: an artificial mountain made of ancient residence stores...

Heritage Museum of Salim Araji

The Salim Araji Museum exhibits an extensive collection of ancient daggers, spears and swords. Visitors will also find an interesting variety of...