Dangers & Annoyances

The Bekaa Valley is Hezbollah's heartland, but its proximity to Syria has meant that some factional violence has erupted in the past. At time of research, this was restricted to the far-northern end of the valley. Some Western governments were advising against travel to Baalbek, and travel beyond Baalbek was strongly discouraged because of Isis presence in the valley's far north. There's also a history of kidnappings in the valley: before travelling, it is essential to check the security situation with the Ministry of Tourism in Beirut.

Even when safe to travel, this is a sensitive area. Hezbollah command centres and an active drug trade are both present in the valley, so be very careful of where you take photos: best stick to snapping Roman temples.