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Introducing Zahlé

A cheerful and bustling town with some nice riverside restaurants and a holiday feel in the summer months, Zahlé makes a great lunchtime or evening stop on the way between Beirut and Baalbek, or even an alternative base for exploring the Bekaa Valley if you find its happy atmosphere and cool climate (at 945m) particularly enticing. There are no tourist attractions as such: a visit to Zahlé is really all about hanging out at the Cafés du Bardouni, the open-air cafes that crowd along the water’s edge and serve copious quantities of the local arak (aniseed liquor).