Top things to do in Central Lebanon

Top Choice Lebanese in Byblos

Feniqia

There's a golden rule in the Med: restaurants outside archaeological sites are awful. But Feniqia is a glorious exception. A beautifully decorated rustic semi-open pavilion, it serves quality Lebanese dishes present…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Byblos

Mémoire du Temps

This family were pioneers in extracting the fish fossils that have garnered worldwide attention; dropping in here for a gaze is a Byblos must-do. They are simply extraordinary; 100-million-year-old rays, sharks, swo…
Cave in Central Lebanon

Jeita Grotto

One of the Middle East's greatest natural wonders, the stunning Jeita Grotto cave system extends around 6km into the mountains 18km, northeast of Beirut. The simply extraordinary upper cavern, accessed via a cable c…
Castle in Byblos

Crusader Castle

A restored 12th-century Crusader castle surrounded by a 10m-wide dry moat is located just inside the entrance to Byblos' atmospheric archaeological site. It's an impressive building that offers an excellent perspect…
Historic Site in Byblos

Byblos Archaeological Site

A well-restored Crusader castle dominates Byblos' atmospheric archaeological site, which incorporates Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Greek and Roman ruins – stirring evidence of what is one of the world's oldest continuou…
Ruins in Byblos

Early Settlements

Head to the archaeological complex's most modern building – a rather lovely 19th-century house – to inspect its oldest. Just south of the house, you can see an oval-shaped Chalcolithic dwelling, while some Neolithic…
Church in Byblos

Church of St John the Baptist

Construction of this heartwarmingly beautiful Romanesque church in the medieval streets above the harbour commenced in 1115 and the structure was extended and improved over subsequent centuries. It’s thus an interes…
Ruins in Byblos

Royal Tombs

These nine tombs were cut in impressive vertical shafts deep into the rock in the 2nd millennium BC and discovered after a landslip. Some of the sarcophagi found here are now housed in the National Museum, including…
Lebanese in Beit Mery & Brummana

Restaurant Mounir

One of the country's most famous restaurants, this classy place just off the highway on the border of Beit Mery and Brummana boasts extensive gardens, a pleasant terrace (equipped with a children’s playground) and s…
Seafood in Jounieh

Chez Sami

Considered one of the best seafood restaurants in Lebanon, Chez Sami offers great seaside views from its elegant glassed-in pavilion and magnificent outdoor deck, which is built over the water (book ahead for a tabl…