Island sights in Lebanon
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Six nautical miles north west of Tripoli lies the Palm Islands Reserve, which consists of three islands and covers a rough area of 5 sq km of land and sea. Declared a protected site by Unesco in 1992 and dedicated as a nature reserve in 1993, the islands are a haven for endangered loggerhead turtles, rabbits, rare monk seals and over 300 species of migratory birds that stop here to rest and nest. Of these, seven are considered threatened worldwide, while 11 are rare in Europe.
The largest of the islands, Nakheel (Palm Island), supports most of the turtles and contains some 2,500 palm trees, with paths laid out for visitors. There are beaches from which you can swim…